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PROJECT CURATE 2016-2017 - NURTUREART

Project Curate provides a class of local high school students from Juan Morel Campos School an opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial practices by working closely with a professional curator for the entire school year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery. The 2016-2017 Project Curate team is led by PJ  Gubatina Policarpio, in partnership with classroom teacher Laura Pawson.

This collaborative process includes lessons in art history, contemporary art, conceptualizing a theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, exhibition design and installation, writing a press release, event promotion, and hosting a public reception. Throughout this process, students meet with professionals in different facets of the arts while visiting museums, galleries, and artist studios, connecting with the thriving arts community in their own neighborhood. More importantly, Project Curate gives the students a critical voice and professional work experience, promoting leadership, responsibility, and confidence. The culminating exhibition will feature emerging artists and be on view at Nurture Art in May 2017.

"This class helped me be open to the connections between different artworks. This class also helped me with public speaking, explaining a story, and overcoming my anxiety. I learned art handling and how math is important for hanging artworks." Joseph, 2016-17 Project Curate Teen Curator


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Y.DOT YOUTH DOCENT PROGRAM 2016 - NO LONGER EMPTY

Over the course of 18 weeks, 16 Youth Docents participated in a 21-session course designed to gain knowledge of site-responsive art exhibition and trained to lead and facilitate guided tours for a variety of audiences. Additionally, they developed multifaceted engagement strategies and skills to engage the public. The Y. Dots gained valuable work experience learning under the guidance of Art historian/administrator Sara Guerrero, NLE Education Director and PJ Gubatina Policarpio, NLE Education & Public Engagement Fellow. A large majority of Y.Dots were Queens-based students with most of them living in Jamaica, Queens and attending high schools located within walking distance of the exhibition site. The curriculum was explicitly aligned with state and city standards, including the Common Core and the NYC Blueprint for the Arts. 

“Every time I come to Jameco Exchange I feel free and happy, I enjoy being myself. The people here made me a better person socially and creatively.” – Raymone, 15. 


SUMMER YOUTH ARTS PROJECT 2015 - QUEENS MUSEUM

In this intensive six-week summer arts program, youths work closely with artist educators to conceive, develop, and produce their own art projects. In addition, participants critically study current exhibitions at the Queens Museum, visit other art institutions in New York City, while practicing and enhancing foundational skills in the visual arts such as drawing, design, mixed-media, and sculpture. 


TEEN NIGHT PLANNING COMMITTEE 2012-2013 - BROOKLYN MUSEUM

In this paid internship, teens learn about the ins and outs of event planning in the arts! Teen Night Planning Committee members collaborate with New York City teens to design, coordinate, and promote Teen Nights—free events that feature music and dance performances, workshops, art-making, friends, and food.