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.