Being a part of the AK Teens program is a wonderful and fun experience; however, it involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work and planning. A part of this planning goes towards our exhibition’s opening reception. In order to prepare for the opening, we divided ourselves into small groups based on our interests. Within these groups, we are responsible for certain tasks to prepare for our opening night. There is a group tasked with creating and giving tours during our opening night, a group in charge of the food presented at the reception, another responsible for selecting the music that will be played at the reception, and a fourth group that developed an art activity which will be offered that evening. As a member of the art activity team, I had to consider how an art activity could tie into our theme. Since our exhibition theme deals with the notion that for every action there is a reaction, we decided on an activity that actually creates a reaction. I am excited for the opening night and to see our exhibition finally come to life.
–Erin Vecchies, Lewiston-Porter High School
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. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s experience preparing the 2014 exhibition opening reception.
AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.