Curate This!

Students discussing exhibit theme.

“There isn’t a classroom in America that wouldn’t benefit from exhibitions and curation as a platform for project-based learning.” proposes Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21.  Click here to see source.

What do young people need to be successful in this changing world economy?  What is necessary to deal with the complexity of social problems, citizenry and technology?  Leaders from the business community as well as experts in citizenship (in not-for-profit work) agree that they need problem solvers, effective communicators, effective collaborators and people who can innovate and improve (21st century skills).

Curate This! is a pilot program at the Sabatini Gallery in 2012 for high school students that have been recommended by their high school art instructors.  This year there are six students from four different area high schools.  They are working together to create a cohesive exhibit of artworks from the gallery collection. Their exhibit will be displayed in the front Hirschberg Gallery coinciding with the annual children’s exhibit and the summer reading program.   The theme for the children’s show this year is Night and so the student curators have developed a theme that alludes to night, dreams and nightmares.

Dreamscape, Raffi Kaiser, color lithograph, 2004

This exceptional group of teens is learning about every aspect of exhibition creation which includes deciding which artworks relate to the theme, writing the text and curator’s statements, working with the Library’s marketing staff and hanging the exhibition.  These are amazing teens!  I can’t wait to see this exhibit.

  • Heather Kearns

    Great post!