The American Folk Art Museum Teen Docents were happy to welcome the Rubin Museum Teen Council to the galleries. It was wonderful that the students were able to give their very first tours to an audience of like-minded, enthusiastic peers.
Because the two programs are about equal in size, the students were matched nearly one-to-one for their tours. This unusual situation was challenging in some cases, but also provided great opportunities for intimate conversation.
In the debrief following the tours, the Rubin teens expressed gratitude that they were able to share their opinions without feeling judged and their pleasure at having had such lively inquiry-based discussions around the artwork. Francia closed out the day by talking about how the experience they’d just shared made her think of Socrates’s method of teaching.
The Teen Docents have one more class period to regroup and alter their tours based on this first experience before giving their final tours on April 9th!