Programs for Teens
Wex Labs for Teens
These day-long, fast-paced programs incorporate interactive studio workshops and discussions with practicing professional artists who work across disciplines and often use new technologies in addition to traditional art forms. Wex Lab workshops are kept small, to allow for a lot of one-on-one mentoring.
Ohio Shorts: Youth Division
Each spring, we give Ohio’s younger (18 and under) independent media artists a chance to have their work presented publicly in the professional setting of our Film/Video Theater. This annual competition and juried showcase encourages young filmmakers to produce strong work and expands the general public’s appreciation for teens’ artistic vision.
Teen Outreach & Engagement
The Wexner Center’s Education staff works in substantive and sustained partnerships with a variety of community organizations that focus (either in part or as a whole) on the needs of teens, including TransitArts, Directions for Youth, the National Youth Advocate Program, Central Community House, and Gladden Community House, among others. Outreach programs include the annual Other Prom, an alternative prom event for LGBTQ youth and their allies, offered in partnership with Kaleidoscope Youth Center; Flip the Script: REBEL, a youth empowerment movement and annual overnight youth summit, held in partnership with Huckleberry House, Godman Guild, City Year, and others; various activities with Short Stop Youth Center; and much more. These partnerships help to ensure that teens from all segments of our community are fully aware of and engaged in our programs. During the summer of 2013, the Wexner Center spearheaded the Weinland Park Story Project, a community-driven project depicting the stories and history of the area, as filtered through the eyes of its teenaged residents.
Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth
Columbus is truly a smart, supportive city and five of our cultural institutions want to join forces to ensure teenagers know how to take advantage of that! Surge Columbus is a collaborative of museums, libraries, and media organizations in Columbus, Ohio empowering teens to discover and pursue their learning interests outside of school by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Surge includes the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI, WOSU, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Complete information and a list of upcoming collaborative programs for teens can be found at surgecolumbus.wordpress.com.
Art & Environment
The Art & Environment program has, over the past decade, provided dozens of area high school students the opportunity to wrestle with ecological issues, be inspired by the creative solutions of eco-artists, try out their activist “chops,” and further their self-directed learning skills on campus at Ohio State with the Wexner Center. This free, half-year course for high school juniors and seniors has been newly updated in content and structure with a focus on innovative, tech-enabled learning techniques and will launch in fall 2014. Students will mix learning online with field trips, classes on campus, and evening films and performances at the Wexner Center. Students receive flex credit through their home school district (we will help with the application!). Students must apply by May 1, 2014. For complete information, please visit the Art & Environment website.
Programs for Teens
Teens and contemporary art are naturally on the same page because both are actively challenging boundaries, exploring identity, and grappling with the tough questions no one else has the courage to ask.
"The DIY summer design program at the Wexner Center helped me find my creativity again."
– a participant in the DIY (Design Intensive for Youth) Collective
"If I could rewind and do all of my Pages experiences from this year again, I would."
– Halima Abdullahi, a high school student and participant in the Pages literacy program at the Wex
Check out this page often for upcoming classes, workshops, and projects by and for teens.
For more information on programs for teens, please call the education info line at (614) 292-6493 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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