Aspen Art Museum grooms young curators |

Aspen Art Museum grooms young curators

The Aspen Art Museum wants to help stimulate students’ interest in and promote the understanding of contemporary art.

The museum has created the Young Curators of the Roaring Fork program for students ages 13 to 18. They will study with nationally renowned curators and artists to develop the skills necessary to curate a paper exhibition based on images during the winter and one physical exhibition in the spring.

Throughout the summer of 2006, the program will help kids explore the world of art through gallery and studio tours and dialogue, teach the structure and production of exhibitions, and encourage critical thinking about the role of art ” and visual images in general ” in society.

The after-school program is open to youths from Aspen to Rifle to Eagle who can commit to meet from 5:30-7 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Aspen Art Museum for one full year. Participants will meet as a group with museum staff as well as visiting artists. They will learn the skills and procedures necessary to produce a springtime exhibition of artworks by their peers.

The exhibition, “Young Curators and Artists of the Roaring Fork,” will take place April 28 to May 7 at the Aspen Institute Heinz Building.

In association with the art museum staff, the Young Curators will learn to determine the theme of an exhibition, produce a call for entries, and write curatorial statements, press releases and grants. They will choose the artwork, secure art awards and prizes, install the exhibition, coordinate the reception, and schedule and lead student tours of their exhibition.

The goal of YCRF is to augment the participants’ visual literacy by employing object oriented learning, thereby empowering them to think more critically about media-influenced, contemporary culture.

To participate, contact Kat Townsend, head of education programs, at 920-2623.

Who: Roaring Fork Valley students ages 13 to 18

What: Young Curators of the Roaring Fork program

When: 5:30-7 p.m. every other Tuesday during summer 2006

Where: Aspen Art Museum

Information: Kat Townsend, 920-2623 or

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