Teen Programs support interactions with and connections to contemporary art and artists of our time. We seek to provide and co-create platforms and resources with young people to safely ask complex questions, voice ideas and opinions, and explore critical and creative potential.
On Saturday, February 28th WACTAC hosted and participated in Illuminate! a Twin Cities Youth Media Network (TCYMN) event. During the event there were representatives from various colleges in Cargill Lounge, stop motion videos being made in the art lab with local artist John Akre, and then a showcase of films made by youth from all over the metro area. During the showcase films ranged from music videos, LGBTQ+ rights, self love to even talking wolves.
WACTAC during the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center
Two WACTAC members, Satya Varghese Mac and myself, were able to show original pieces during the showcase. Having my own work screened in such a large and high quality theater is something I’ve only dreamed of. While I can’t speak for the other youth who showed their work, I left the Walker that day feeling incredibly empowered and inspired. Through the showcase and various activities during this event I made connections with other young people who are interested in film and felt uplifted by my peers.
At the end of the showcase there was a Q and A period with the filmmakers and TCYMN gave certificates to all the filmmakers who participated. In addition, they also gave awards for “Audience’s Choice” (Spine Diving by Satya Varghese Mac), “Curator’s Choice” (New Shelter by Jake Shultz), “Best Technical Quality” (Amazing by Cecilia Martinez) and “Best Story” (What It’s Like by Sarah Maude-Griffin).
Filmmakers answering questions after the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center
Before the showcase, WACTAC and other attendees worked in the art lab with artist John Akre, creating a stop motion video called “Dream Exchange”. Dream Exchange was designed and curated by Youth Collective. The basis of the activity was one person wrote down a dream that they had had and pinned it on the wall. Then, another person picked that dream and then illustrated it with construction paper props. Watch the video below:
Overall the event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase youth voices and to make connections within our community.
Front Cover of Awkwardness is a Feeling For the past few weeks, WACTAC has been working on a zine, for those who don’t know, a zine is an abbreviation for magazine or “fanzine”, a self published magazine that is made to be sent around and shared. We will be sending off the zine to other teen councils at different museums around the country and overseas. This project will spread the word about what is going on at the Walker, and possibly spur further interaction with other teen councils. Zines have been around for a while, and over time, have […]
I am a WACTAC alumni (Class of 2004) and have been hanging out with the council lately, sitting in on their meetings and helping out a bit with this blog. I tagged along last week as WACTAC had the opportunity to tour the International Pop show with co-curator Bartholomew Ryan. The lauded exhibition displays a body of Pop art of the 1950’s through the 1970’s, with strong representations of artists and movements from Japan, Brazil and Germany, and some notable American works in the mix (Warhol and Lichtenstein, deified beacons of Pop, do secure a head count). While Pop art […]
During Art Basel miami beach, Andre 3000 and SCAD put together an exhibit at mana Miami. Titled “I Feel Ya: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Andre 3000 Benjamin” presented by SCAD Art Museum. A collection featuring Andres 47 jumpsuits which he wore throughout the Outcasts 20th reunion tour. The exhibit was accompanied by “Trumpets,” created by filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O’Neal. The purpose of ‘I Feel Ya’ is to get people thinking about random phrases, while building a connection between art, fashion, and film. The jumpsuits are a direct way for Andre to share his […]
Famed linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky once wrote that it was the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies, especially in the context of the lies perpetuated by the dominant politico-economic power structure. One could argue that a similar responsibility exists for artists: In their works, artists must not only create art that is set against the backdrop of the current era, but must create art that actively critiques and challenges the status quo. Artists must ruthlessly expose all that is rotten in society and call upon people to demand a better state of affairs. Not […]
WACTAC had the privilege to meet with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist/musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. WACTAC also performed Ben Patterson’s piece entitled Pond (1962) in the gallery.
From Teen Programs Affiliate Michael Hansen: It’s 6:42 AM. I’m walking around the MPLS – STP airport with a bottle of overpriced iced tea in my right hand. I feel numb. I’m wearing an orange t-shirt with the words “YOUNGARTS” scrawled across the front in some abnormal font. I’ve been awake for a good three hours with nothing but a ration of granola in my system. I arrive at my gate and immediately spot a girl wearing a shirt identical to mine. She looks at me and smiles. She tells me that her name is Nicole, she’s from California, and […]
This past week, we once again met with artists Chrys Carroll and Nicole Smith known together as Dig In, who we have been working and meeting with for the past couple of months. At this particular meeting, we glazed clay bowls we had created, based off of the begging bowls used by Buddhist monks. For Buddhist monks, these bowls are receptacles for community donations of food that provides the monks daily sustenance. For us, the bowls were meant more to represent how we will take care of ourselves and do what makes us happy, what Chrys and Nicole referred to […]
“We’re going to have awful seats.” My friend and I paced down the hallway of the Southdale AMC Theater, arriving on the dot to see the 8:10 showing of Selma. We reached our theater and were surprised, and, in my case, disappointed, to see that the theater was sparsely filled. It was opening night. To be fair, this was due largely to circumstance: it was a holiday weekend, the roads were awful, and there were multiple other movies opening that same night. Though the audience was less than I had expected that night, the movie was not. Ava DuVernay, the primary […]
On November 22nd, a gathering of approximately twenty-five people of high school and college age came together and had a conversation about an exhibition at the Walker right now; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Our conversation was held at one of the pieces in the exhibition, the first one you see as you walk up to it, a long old table with eighteen chairs made of plastic and metal. They came from a former public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side, and now are setup in the exhibition as a classroom type setting in the gallery. The piece is called See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding […]
I’m not expecting palm trees. Not in Houston. In my mind, palm trees only exist in California, TV celebrity soaps, and Microsoft Clip Art. But there they stand, those disturbing trees, looming over my family’s rental car, 2:00am in the morning at the wrong hotel. And suddenly I know that palm trees will be to me what water is to cats; that unexplainable force that freaks and creeps me out beyond reason. It relieves me to see no palm trees stand anywhere near the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH). There are trees, though. Trees with branches decorated by pictures of […]
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, Halloween is tomorrow, and for some of us (myself included) this means a quick stop to the store to create a last-minute costume for the holiday. However, as you get your costume together, keep in mind that there is a line between okay and downright offensive. Yep, I’m talking about cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and racism. Cultural appropriation is the act of taking a culture (that isn’t your own) and fixing it/changing it so it fits your life. Everyday Feminism has a fantastic article discussing it, as well as introducing the […]
The accessibility of the internet has done many things to the music industry. Obviously, it has enabled piracy of music, and it has enabled constant streaming via sites like Spotify or Pandora. It has also given artists both big and small, nearly unlimited freedom; anyone can publish anything and it can be shaped exactly to the creators will. I’ve noticed a few artists over the years taking advantage of this and crafting projects that are more than just music. The artists design the visual aesthetic or merchandise for the band or create characters and worlds that transcend the music. Here […]
Museum Mixtape is back with a vengeance! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Museum Mixtape pairs a piece of art in the Walker’s collection, or one being exhibited there, with a piece of complementary music. In this edition, the art in question is the Cowles Conservatory located in the Walker’s Sculpture Garden. Since the conservatory is larger than much of the art surveyed in Museum Mixtape, it will be paired with three songs rather than one. The conservatory is a place for contemplation and escape. In the summer, the glass walls, imaginative plantings, and the giant fish sculpture […]
While on vacation in L.A. with my family, My family and I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, also known as LACMA. It was very cool to explore a different museum with a large quantity of modern art besides the Walker. The Walker I know inside and out, but the LACMA was like exploring the Walker for the first time all over again. We found a parking spot across the street from the museum in front of a sketchy, gated apartment community that looked more like they were trying to keep the residents in rather than […]
Those of you that went to Double Take back in April certainly heard about Make A Stranger Laugh. Maybe one of your friends participated, maybe you yourself did. While I would definitely consider the activity a success, it kind of took on a life of its own and turned into something new that we weren’t exactly expecting. First, a little background: Make A Sranger Laugh originally started as part of our collaboration with artist Jim Hodges. A big aspect of Jim’s work is the use of simple yet beautiful gestures that communicate very human concepts or emotions. We wanted to […]
Give Us Your Laugh was derived from Jim Hodges’s Give More Than You Take. We had an ongoing conversation with Jim that evolved into an exploration of universality through laughter. At our spring event, Double Take, we explored our concept both through Give Us Your Laugh and Make A Stranger Laugh. Both are exchanges between people in laughter that create a commonality. We attempted to embody Jim’s simplistic gestures with our thought provoking prompt “Give Us Your Laugh”. The materials were inspired by Jim’s A Diary of Flowers. The flowers were presented on random paper napkins using different colored inks. […]
I hold a great love for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. It both solidifies and deconstructs and aesthetic I have long been fascinated with, film noir and the detective story. I first saw it almost four years ago when I was 14. I was mesmerized from start to finish as it was clear that the filmmaker had an absolute mastery of story and image. Another of my favorite films is Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Like Chinatown, it is at times deceptively gentle with its presentations of image, not directly telling the viewer what to think or feel, but simply letting the events play out […]
Museum mixtape is back again with a piece of art paired to music. The combination this time around is Jim hodges’ Ghost with the song Christmas Island by LAKE. Listen to it HERE. Hodges’ Ghost is a little piece of nature encased inside a glass dome.The artificial life in the dome contains carefully placed flowers, twigs,grasses and butterflies all made out of glass. Above the foliage are plants made out of glass creating a ghost-like look to the taller plants. Christmas Island by Washington state based band LAKE can be described as nostalgic lo-fi. This is also the ending credits […]
Slug is at it again you guys. And this time he’s attacking it harder than ever. As a freestyle rapper, I admire him for his creative and relevant presence in the underground rap world–as a lyricist I continue to be blown away by his story-telling and immaculate flow. Titled Southsiders, us Minneapolitans can take a certain pride to understanding and relating to Slug’s tracks. Ant’s production is varied, complex, and mystic making his artistic contribution as influential and recognizable as Slug’s words. Each track has a sound for every state of mind–I would recommend taking it in doses and […]
This new segment, Apples-to-Art, is a game we’ve made up to get to know the art around the galleries and share stories and some behind-the-scenes going-ons around the Walker. The rules: pull out a random Apples-to-Apples card and connect it to a work within the glorious Walker estate. Optional step two: Dress up as your favorite adventurer/conquistador to put you in the zone. This session, I pulled “Refined” re·fined [ri-fahynd] adjective 1. having or showing well-bred feeling, taste, etc.: refined people. 2. freed or free from coarseness, vulgarity, etc.: refined taste. 3. freed from impurities: refined sugar. 4. very subtle, […]
Busk – verb. play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or subways A few weeks ago, my high school band traveled to New Orleans. On one of the days we were given to explore the French Quarter on our own, my friends and I passed a fellow band student playing his alto saxophone on a street corner. He had left his case open in front of him and, as we walked by I could see that it was filled with crumpled dollars and change. I watched as his friends walked by and noticed him. […]