This summer is off and running with a new set of expectations and challenges!
First– WHERE will Teen Council be taking place??!! We have outgrown the space we used last year and the main gallery space needs to be utilized as, well, a gallery space! So now what?? While visiting an empty store front where NVAM will be hosting the After School Matters Cross-Regional Art Exhibition on Aug 14 (save the date!) it occurred to me that this was a lot of unused space that would be AWESOME for filling with art in the making! Thankfully, the building owner agreed! As he put it– if we never say yes to crazy ideas, where would we be?
The move in was…challenging…but now, with 2 weeks under our belt, the impact of this new space is starting to be felt! New and developing art is on the walls in our open critique space, we have an inspiration wall and our social contract hung proudly for all to see and we are utilizing an old chalkboard wall to keep our schedule on display (so we never miss break time!). The teens are moving past their initial shy phase and are making meaningful observations and making big plans for the rest of summer! Starting next week, we begin a 2 week collaboration with veteran artist Stuart Hall. The potential is tremendous. I LOVE SUMMER TEEN COUNCIL!!! (Stay Tuned!)