On April 9th, the Teen Docents led a crowd of their friends and family, teachers from two of their schools–Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School and Talent Unlimited High School, young people from an organization called The Fortune Society, AFAM staff and other museum professionals on tours of the Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art exhibition. The museum was packed with visitors eager to learn from the teens. The conversations were lively and active; the teens used touch objects to engage their audience and asked questions such as:
- How do fashion and folk art relate to each other?
- Would you feel the same way about this dress if it were in a different color?
- How would you stand if you were wearing this garment?
- What does it mean for a dress to be soft and spiky at the same time?
- What does this pairing of fashion and folk art tell you about the culture it came from?