Youth Curator Program

2019 Youth Curators with Stephanie Johnson-Toliver and Janie Hendrix in NAAM’s “Bold as Love: Jimi Hendrix At Home” exhibition

2019 Youth Curator Program

‘Scuse Me, Do You Know Jimi?

In 2019, numerous celebrations are taking place commemorating Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix.  The Northwest African American Museum featured a major exhibition entitled Bold as Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, which explored how Hendrix’s Seattle roots shaped his musical genius and ran November 27, 2018-May 5, 2019. The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park is unveiling a significant addition to the Jimi Hendrix Park.  A local post office has been named after Jimi Hendrix. And we are pleased that the 2019 Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curators Program engaged youth in exploring and celebrating the legacy of Jimi Hendrix.  In ‘Scuse Me, Do You Know Jimi? youth created a public service announcement about Jimi Hendrix that is on display at the Northwest African American Museum.  Youth Curators engaged in a 12-week video art production curriculum and were trained by professionals to learn the art of video storytelling.  The Youth Curator project culminated in a gallery exhibition, on view at NAAM and airing on local media outlets, through the fall of 2019.


  • The Youth Curators program is open to 14 to 18 year olds
  • Twelve- 2 hour Saturday sessions begin in  January through April, Saturdays from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
  • Earn school service hours
  • $250 stipend
  • NAAM membership
  • The project becomes a gallery installation at NAAM


For more information about the program, email here.  2020 Youth Curator application materials will be posted in November 2019.  Stay tuned!

Major support for the Youth Curator Program provided by KeyBank Foundation, Peach Foundation, and generous supporters. We solicit YOUR support of the Youth Curator Program. Contact our Development Office by clicking here to determine ways to give to this impactful youth program. 











About NAAM Youth Curators Program

The Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program at the Northwest African American Museum is an award-winning program that introduces youth to the philosophy and practices of museum work through creative, community-engaged projects on timeless and contemporary topics.

Youth Curators gain social skills while learning and understanding new concepts as well as developing artistic expression. NAAM celebrates tradition, art, and history and in doing so, supports opportunities for youth to share their accomplishments, passions, and concerns.


2018 Youth Curator Program

My Take:  No Place Like Here

Over twelve sessions during 2018, Youth Curators gained  an understanding for the found inspiration in the elegant photography of Al Smith, Sr. For more than four decades, Smith was a master at capturing the pulse of Seattle’s African American community. Partners at Youth in Focus offered instruction and technical practice for digital photography to capture images as a mode of communication and critiques that are shaped through intentional visual storytelling to depict the authenticity of Seattle’s Central Area. The Youth Curator project culminated in a gallery exhibition, now on view at NAAM and includes selected works at the Museum of History & Industry for the exhibition,  Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.


Past Youth Curator Exhibits:


Intersections: Finding True North


Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines


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