Verge Teen Curatorial Collective

instructor: Various

category: Curatorial Practice, Internships

for: High School Students

price: FREE

CLASSES MARCH-MAY HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO TBA DATES DUE TO PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. PLEASE CHECK BACK ON APRIL 2ND FOR UPDATES.

The Verge Teen Curatorial Collective is a new program whose purpose is to provide training and resources for Sacramento youth to enter the professional field of arts and culture. It focuses on encouraging and facilitating participation in the arts from youth of diverse backgrounds, who are frequently underrepresented in careers related to museum and gallery administration. 

Youth who are part of the curatorial council will receive master classes at Verge Center for the Arts on how to prepare a curatorial proposal. They will work as a team over the course of six weeks, meeting twice a week during the summer, to organize, coordinate, and curate an exhibition in our newly renovated classroom space. They will receive resources and mentorship throughout the program from working artists, educators, and professional curators to ensure their exhibition is completed, and will be encouraged to extend their curatorial practice outside of Verge with continued support. 

The main goal of this program is to provide teens a tool kit and skills in community organizing, budgeting, networking, and administrative experience that would otherwise be inaccessible to them, because of their inability to complete unpaid internships due to economic hardship, the physical inaccessibility of arts programming in their neighborhoods, and lack of arts professional training resources in the Sacramento Region. The Verge Teen Curatorial council will empower them to have the initiative and creative agency to be culture producers in their own neighborhoods and communities. 

Eligibility: 

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age
  • Be a student currently enrolled in high school or community college or four year University
  • Live in the City of Sacramento 
  • be able to attend the scheduled mandatory meetings
  • Show the inability to complete an unpaid internship because of economic hardship or
  • Be of a gender or ethnic background currently underrepresented in art institutions (including but not limited to queer, non-binary, African American, Native American, Chicanx/Latinx/Hispanic, and Pacific Islander.)

Applications

Art teachers from High Schools in Sacramento districts 1, 2, 6, and 7 (note that these are city districts not school districts) can nominate students each to apply starting March 2nd, 2020. Upon nomination Verge will contact the students with a link to a form where they can submit their application.

Important Dates: 
Application deadline: TBD
Application review process: TBD
Awardees Notified: TBD

Program Highlights:
Classes, field trips, and lectures at Verge. Detailed schedules TBA
Satellite Exhibitions
Panel Discussion

For more information email education@vergeart.com