Youth Curator Program
“It takes a village to raise every child.” ~ African Proverb
Since 2008, the Northwest African American Museum has offered a youth engagement program that brings high school students together to actively discover the art and science of museum curation. Now in its 12th year, NAAM’s Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program has graduated well over 100 young people who engaged in a curriculum-based, art-inspired museum curatorial cohort. We look forward to the 2020 Youth Curator Program cohort.
DETAILS ABOUT THE 2020 YOUTH CURATOR PROGRAM
- The Youth Curator Program is open to 14 to 18 year olds
- Three months of fun, dynamic, and teen-focused sessions from March through May taught by a highly-qualified teaching artist
- Group excursions to art-focused spaces in Seattle
- Earn school service hours
- $300 stipend for each Youth Curator
- NAAM membership for each Youth Curator
- The project culminates in June with a Youth Curator display that becomes a gallery installation at NAAM
For more information about the program, email here. The 2020 Youth Curators Program will be inspired by NAAM’s current Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman exhibition and will be led by Teaching Artist Kela Hall. Application period opens on Dr. King’s birthday, January 15, 2020. 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.
History of the NAAM Youth Curator 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. It began in 2008 when the museum opened. Community leader and youth advocate Stephanie Johnson-Toliver coordinated the program for 10 years and led it to win the 2017 Teen Tix Award.
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.
Recent Youth Curator Exhibits:
2019 Youth Curator Program
‘Scuse Me, Do You Know Jimi?
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 at NAAM and included selected works at the Museum of History & Industry for the exhibition, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.
Intersections: Finding True North
Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines
Transparent, Translucent, & Opaque