WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?The youth artists’ program is a collaborative, place-based class in contemporary art practices in which youth learn artistic skills and work with an artist to create and develop a social intervention project.
WHO SHOULD APPLY? Youth ages 14-21 who attend Boston-area public high schools.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Urbano works around annual themes. This year, our theme is called The Commons | The Other. Artists present their proposal and are selected in early summer to teach our classes, which will be announced to preselected youth applicants in mid-June.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE? Your participation is absolutely free! Additionally, you will be paid a stipend at the end of the term if you are selected to participate in one of our classes.
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING? Our summer term is from July 8 through August 19. Applications are due by June 24. This is a competitive opportunity, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Class A will happen Mondays (2-6PM) and Wednesdays (2-6PM). Class B will happen Tuesdays (2-6PM) and Thursdays (2-6PM).
ABOUT URBANOFounded in 2009 Urbano brings together local youth and professional artists to ignite social change through place-based participatory art and performance projects. Together we foster future generations of creative and civic leaders committed to social justice. Our work is based in collaboration, risk-taking, artistic innovation and social justice.
Home base is our exhibition and studio
space in Jamaica Plain’s Brewery Complex, but youth artists take their work far beyond, experimenting with artistic interventions
that can spark and reshape public discourse. Our program objectives are to offer youth high-quality contemporary arts education experiences; facilitate creative youth development; develop a corps of positively engaged youth who serve as leaders in
their communities; and promote civic engagement through public, participatory
art that addresses the social justice issues of our times. Every year, we request proposals from experienced practitioners to create interdisciplinary arts projects in collaboration with youth as part of our Artists’ Projects.
ANNUAL THEMEUrbano’s theme for summer and fall 2016, and spring 2017 is The Commons | The Other. Urbano artists, staff, project facilitators, and youth will work closely with community partners in our adjacent neighborhood of Egleston and Jackson squares to explore issues of racial, ethnic, cultural and urban identity and representation.
Through our place-making approach, we plan to develop social laboratories for creativity in order to increase inter-group understanding, tolerance and civic culture. This theme will explore questions like: What are the relationships between the commons of Egleston/Jackson squares and the local identity of individuals and groups? Who is “the other” in our community, and how are social identities constructed and deconstructed in the context of spatial and cultural struggles in the neighborhood? How can art inform/challenge/redefine our understanding of “otherness”?
TERM DURATION: JULY 8TH- AUGUST 19TH
THIS IS A COMPETITIVE PROCESS AND YOU WILL BE CONTACTED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.
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Title: Through the Lens of Resistance: Youth Activism and Media Teaching Artist: Aly Kreikemeier Mondays (2-6PM), Wednesdays (2-6PM)
Mass media more often than not misrepresents communities in a way that perpetuates inequality and negative stereotypes. This class will develop critical media literacy through learning about how media operates, the role that media plays in inequality, and gaining the skills for students to produce their own media that talks back to dominant representations. We will work together as researcher-artists to produce our own stories and to develop the skills and tools to challenge stereotypes in the mass media. We will work with photography, interviews, digital media and story and have the opportunity to publish a website, visual story or written paper about our experiences in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Title: Cinema Tech 1.0: Space, Light, and SoundTeaching Artist: Darren Alexander ColeTuesdays (2-6PM), Thursdays (2-6PM)
This course explores “the other” via Space, light, and Sound. Using technology, media, and research, students develop strategies to engage society as civic futurist designers that want to market positive change locally and globally. The artist will work with the students to develop an overarching project that allows for the different areas of research presented by the students. Students will learn how to use time-based media, social media design, hardware, software, data, materiality, crowd sourcing, montage, and assemblage. Moreover, students will gain practical skills in video production. Visiting professionals will also provide workshops to students on a range of skills related to the creative process in time-based media.