2017 Summer Youth Arts Program

In its 3rd year, Queens Museum's SYAP (Summer Youth Arts Program) challenged its MS/IS students to reflect on Art as a tool for social change.  Under the guiding questions, What is an artists responsibility? and inversely, What is a museums responsibility?  Teaching Artists pushed students to think critically about cultural institutions and the community they serve.  SYAP is a complete collaborative program from curriculum conception between T.A's and students through evaluation/assessment.  Students conceive of a personal project, work on proposals, artists statements, wall text and curate the final exhibition.  This years students also planned a Pop-Up exhibition in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  The program is made possible by a 5-year grant through the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, whose mission is to provide arts education in a community setting through a social justice lens.