These past few months have been full of great experiences with an amazing group of people. It’s hard to imagine not seeing my fellow Future Curators every Thursday anymore, and I’m truly going to miss them. Fortunately, I have plenty of memories to look back on in the years to come.
All the staff members that introduced us to what really goes on behind the scenes at a museum did a wonderful job speaking with us and answering our many questions. Their guidance and information made us feel included, and gave us a much deeper understanding of what we were accomplishing during this program. It is one thing to put together an exhibition, but it’s an entirely different thing to learn how an exhibition comes together with the help of many different people throughout the museum. Without this background, I don’t think we would have fully grasped all of the effort that went into our exhibition.
As for the other half of our program, putting together the exhibition itself, the experience was fun, enlightening, and most of all, an invaluable opportunity. Not only does this part of the program add to our resumes, but it helped us to learn how to work together and understand one another. In order to produce a great exhibition, everyone had to hear each other out. It was challenging incorporating the views of twenty-one people, but it didn’t take long for us to figure out that the more opinions we shared, the better the exhibition would be. The group as a whole really meshed together and formed bonds, which made listening to everyone that much easier.
I am so grateful for this experience and I hope there will be many more like it in the future. It not only inspired me to become a curator, but also left me with friends and memories I will always cherish.
–Lily Zenger, Nardin Academy
AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.
The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. The final post of this year’s program focuses on a Future Curator’s thoughts about her overall experience.
The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators exhibition A Study in Action/Reaction is now on view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Larkin Art Gallery.
AK Teens is presented by the First Niagara Foundation.