NAAM Youth Curators 2017

Youth Curators

The Youth Curator’s exhibition is a practice in cultural cartography: storytelling through maps. Gage Academy of the Arts instructor Aramis Hamer and Marilyn Montufar mentored the Artists-Curators and Gage provided art supplies and studio space at their Equinox Studio to help the Artist-Curators in their exploration of the artistic elements of color, form, and light. With the resources and mentorship the Artist-Curators composed their individual maps and the resulting mural.

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2017 Youth Curator Project, Intersections: Finding True North

The 2017 Youth Curator Project consists of ten two-hour sessions. Youth Curators spent two sessions at NAAM exploring the vibrant history of the Central Area, a community that was once largely populated by Black people, and has in recent years experienced targeted growth that has displaced people of color and demolished the built spaces that helped to define their identity. After the historical excursus, Youth Curators discover various techniques, collective imagining and storytelling within seven creative mapping sessions led by Gage teaching artists at Gage South in Georgetown.