Building Brave Together: Teens + Contemporary Artists
November 3, 2018
part of Building Brave Spaces: Mobilizing Teen Arts Education Conference
November 2-4, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
Ten years ago, the ICA galvanized a movement for teen arts education with the first-ever national Teen Convening. This fall, the ICA will host Building Brave Spaces: Mobilizing Teen Arts Education, an unprecedented gathering to reflect and build upon the knowledge and field-wide progress made in teen arts education over the past decade. Functioning as a catalyst, this event will serve as a forum for collaboration and understanding across institutions, generations, and geographies. Through keynote sessions, workshops, and panels this conference will address three key areas: what we know about the impact of arts education on teens; innovative programs that museums are doing and the leadership required; and how to mobilize a broader field.
SITE Santa Fe and the ICA/Boston will present case studies of presentations by artist/teen collaborations and address how these projects affect both teen participants, but also the museum as a whole. In conjunction with the exhibitionLeap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, artist Sandrine Schaefer and a group of ICA teens collaborated on an exploration, reinterpretation and public presentation of Theater Piece No.1. (originally presented in 1952 at BMC, and widely considered by many to be the first Happening).
This panel will feature the participating artists, teen alum who participated in the collaborations, and the organizing educators in dialogue and discussion about these projects. The group will consider how these collaborations resulted in professional exhibitions and public programming, affected the culture of the institution, and the artist and teen experience.