Application Period Ends July 31
The application period is open for high school students in the Albany area who would like to serve on the Albany Museum of Art Teen Art Board in the coming 2023-24 school year.
“This will be the fourth year for this organization of teens who are learning to become community leaders,” AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem, who advises the Teen Art Board, said. “We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic high school students who want to reach out to and engage other teens in the community through art.”
Members of the Teen Art Board lead art-associated projects and events that benefit the community, especially their fellow teens. Previous projects include collecting art supplies for children at Liberty House, a haven for women and children escaping domestic abuse; bringing the first Art-o-mat in Southwest Georgia to the AMA, and creating Student Art Studio Saturdays, a monthly program during the school year where teens can meet at the AMA and create art together, with all supplies provided by the AMA.
“We have been fortunate to have really dedicated and active teen board members, and the current teen board has been especially engaged,” Vanoteghem said.
Serving on the 2022-23 Teen Art Board were Maddi Johnson, Chas Jackson, Brianna McCoy, Charlyn Fox, Jovi Hall, Katilyn Sokolowski, Reece Anne Ellion, Sophie Singleton, and Leeann Feng. Reece, Sophie, and Leeann served as co-presidents.
Most recently, the 2022-23 Teen Art Board wrapped up its year on June 8 with its first Student Spotlight Night Show & Auction at the AMA. Vanoteghem said the show was successful, and likely will become an annual event.
“Middle school, high school, and college students who participated were able to get their artwork out in front of more people, and many of the artworks in the silent auction were sold,” Vanoteghem said. “We had a nice crowd, which encouraged the student artists to continue pursuing their art. Each sale was split between the student artist and the Teen Art Board, which will use its share to fund future programming for teens.”
To apply for the Teen Art Board, a teen must be a high school student in the 2023-24 school year, highly motivated, and passionate about art and developing projects that are positive for the community. The student must commit to attending monthly meetings at 5:15 pm on the first Tuesdays during the school year and assisting with occasional events, such as artist lectures and art workshops.
Members can gain community service hours by volunteering and engaging in events and programs through the Teen Art Board and the AMA. They also will be able to gain a better understanding of how museums operate, as well as foundational knowledge of art history, museum work, creative careers, and how nonprofits function. The students also will develop leadership and critical-thinking skills as they develop creative programming and community events.
“While the majority of our Teen Art Board members are from Dougherty County, members can be from any nearby community as long as they can fulfill their commitment,” Vanoteghem said.
Teens with questions about the program may email Vanoteghem HERE.
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