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      Teen Convene: Empowering Teens for the Future of the Arts in Atlanta

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      March 14, 2020

      Saturday  10:00 AM

      1280 Peachtree Street NE
      Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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      Teen Convene: Empowering Teens for the Future of the Arts

      Event Description

      Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
      Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (with lunch) Check-In Begins at 9:30 a.m.
      Attendance: Statewide and regional museums that have a teen program or have aspirations of a teen program; local teen organizations with specific missions and programs that are designed to serve teens and are focused on or oriented within the museum space

      Event Schedule Includes: Introductions + program presentations, keynote presentation, gallery tours led by teens + Art Talks Back + art-making activity/workshop, panel discussions led by the teens with youth-generated questions, round table group discussions (between teens and adults, teens and teens, and adults and adults), and takeaways.

      Event Description: The High Museum positions teens as leaders and activators of change. The Museum is opening its doors to regional museums and local organizations with a focus on implementing teen programming. The High is providing the museum space as a site to listen to direct teen input and become aware of how teens can be empowered by and incorporated into the space, of how teen groups function, and of new strategies and models to programmatically advance.

      The High grounds the event within the museum space because museums are transformative pillars of culture and community. They, just like teens, are activators of change. With a focus on object-based learning and heightened potential and capabilities to empower teens, museums create an education pipeline into art museum leadership and careers, increase access to art, plant seeds of inspiration for the future, and provide mentorship and professional-development opportunities.

      Through this Convene, we will accentuate the heightened function of the museum space, create opportunities to showcase current teen programming, provide a venue for networking and learning about various models for teen programming, have a space for direct input from teen leaders, and determine how we can work together as individuals, institutions, and nonprofits to engage and activate teen voices to promote positive social change defined by teens for their future.

      This Convene is intended to showcase the beauty and actualized potential of teen programs within the Museum. It is also intended to create a space for museums and organizations that focus on developing teen curriculum through initiatives such as “after the bell” programs that supplement teen scholastic experiences while expanding their horizons and their future possibilities. The Convene seeks to share and learn from the teens, as well as other organizations and their teen-focused programs, to create and conceptualize ideas about the current teen voice and perspective, to determine teens’ current and future goals, and to realign our programs to meet these teens’ goals.

      We will investigate two questions: “How can we, as museums and organizations, act as multigenerational stewards and create a space by teens for teens in a world that often neglects teen programming?” and “How can we support teens and act as pillars in the community ‘after the bell’ and outside of the home environment to help them achieve personal, academic, and professional success?”

      We seek to facilitate teen voices and position teens for self-defined success in promoting their passions and their professional trajectory. Youth, particularly teens, engaged in how they determine their future can define their success rather than simply playing the “game” or role outlined by their elders. We will gather teens and professionals from various spaces and assess and then reinvent the wheel, as an act of activism and to produce social change for a more inclusive environment for teens.

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      Cost: FREE

      Categories: Art Galleries & Exhibits | Museums & Attractions

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