Grades 11–12 or equivalent
The Museum Makers program brings together students with an affinity for art to make: friends, conversation, art, meaning, and a community. Museum makers are also the people whose job it is to operate the museum and share what it has to offer. Museum makers value creativity, exploring, learning, and affirming and expanding who they can be. Museums come to life when people interact with art and each other.
This multiple-visit program offers upper-level high school students tools for experiencing, understanding, and interpreting art. In the process, participants will gain an insider’s view of how an art museum works. Sponsoring educators gain an opportunity to mentor a student outside the classroom and connect with other art educators.
As part of a community of like-minded students, Museum Makers participants explore art through observation, sketching, in-gallery group discussions, independent research on a work of art of their choice, and visual journaling. Participants also learn about the intersection of art, graphic design, and visual communication and create a personal graphic design project. Behind-the-scenes visits with museum professionals introduce career possibilities, from curating and education to architecture and security. The program culminates with student-led public talks in the galleries and an exhibition of each student’s graphic design project.