Class #13: A Field Trip to the American Folk Art Museum’s Archives and Offices

On a rainy, late-winter afternoon, the Teen Docents trekked out to Long Island City, Queens to visit AFAM’s offices and to meet with museum staff, including archivist Mimi Lester and registrar Lauren Arnold. Mimi and Lauren showed them a Henry Darger manuscript, two small Sister Gertrude Morgan works, and Ralph Fasanella’s painting pants and cap! They learned a little bit about the inner workings of the museum and heard about arts careers they may not have known about before their visit.

When class is back in session, they’ll get to see new exhibition, When the Curtain Never Comes Down, for the first time!

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Class #12: A Shared Legacy Tours!

On March 3rd, the Teen Docents worked in groups to lead tours of the exhibition A Shared Legacy for teens from programs at the Rubin Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Jewish Museum. They worked in groups to facilitate conversations on themes like “Capitalism,” “Family,” and “Tradition.” The teens grew more comfortable with each other as the experience progressed, culminating in spontaneous musical performances, spoken word and a lot of laughing. See pictures here.