Young Curators Program
Urbano's Young Curators work with lead artist Susannah Lawrence and Urbano's administrative staff to research, conceptualize, and produce exhibitions in Urbano's gallery and partnering venues. Young Curators are Urbano alumni who have graduated from high school and current teen students who have participated in Urbano's programs for at least 2 semesters.
2013 Project: Tracing Public Space
with Ana Vargas of MIT's Department of Art, Culture, and Technology
Visit the project blog: tracingpublicspace.tumblr.com
Ana Vargas is an architect and photographer from Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently a graduate student at MIT in the Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism program. During the spring semester she will conduct the workshop "Tracing Public Space" with Urbano's Young Curators. The workshop is based on a project of Professor Antoni Muntadas' Studio Seminar on Public Space and Public Art at MIT. Urbano students will search for public spaces within Jamaica Plain to trace possible walking trails that give meaning to the neighborhood's cultural identity. After exploring, photographing, and mapping meaningful public spaces in JP, the Young Curators will use collected materials as a tool to better understand the public realm and urban design values. Finally, we will trace the optimum paths between selected public spaces to create possible walking trails.
Young Curators meet throughout the year, developing calls for work and jurying exhibitions that provide diverse perspectives on Urbano's yearly Project Theme. Curators conduct research to identify professional artists, designers, and performers to show work in Urbano's gallery in conjunction with exhibitions by teen artists. This research process includes trips to galleries and museums, studio visits with local artists, and attendance at artists' talks and special events around Boston.
The Young Curators team also works with Urbano's staff and students to form partnerships with other arts and community organizations, seeking opportunities to exhibit teen work in venues beyond Urbano, and to bring work by professional artists and performers to Urbano.
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