2013 – Curate This! The genius of Our Age

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Our ideas are unlimited and they are uniquely inspired. The genius of Our Age exhibition is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s essay, “Self Reliance”. He begins with the following statement:

To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius.

The word genius (with a lowercase “g”) refers to individuality. It symbolizes the process of forming new ideas through unique thought, and allowing in the constant presence of inspiration. This allows us to grow, learn, progress, and evolve in each generation.

The genius of Our Age is the unique idea that one person has which breaks ground. Genius is interpreting. Genius is creating. It is imagining, inspiring, contemplating, and understanding. Our existence is only as limited as our genius.

Our guest teen curators this year were Anna Ahrens (Topeka High School), Shannon Hayden (Hayden High School), Kelsie Middaugh (Lawrence High School), Erika Spaulding (Highland Park High School), and Sarah Sutterfield (Lawrnece High School).

What is Curate This?

blog pic 1 p 5 inches comboCurate This! is a mentorship program where area high school students are instructed in the various skills needed to work in a gallery workplace.

Part classroom and part independent study, we are willing to work with instructors to monitor student progress and credit her/him for grading purposes.

Contact our museum educator, Betsy Roe, if you or someone you know is interested in participating in 2014: 785-580-4577 (or) eroe@tscpl.org.

Michael Perkins

Multimedia Producer and Visual Artist at the library. Painter of the Kids Library Mural and 3D scapes, Designer of the Learn and Play Bus and AdventureMobile. When not at work you can find me drawing, making stuff out of wood and getting into trouble.