The Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program at the Northwest African American Museum introduces youth to the philosophy and practices of museum work through creative, community engaged projects on timeless and contemporary topics. Youth Curators gain social skills, learn and understand new concepts and, develop artistic expression. NAAM celebrates tradition, art, and history and in doing so, supports opportunities for youth to share their accomplishments, passions and concerns.
2013 Dr. Carver Gayton Youth Curator Program Do you know James Baldwin?
The 2013 Youth Curator project will coincide with the Museum exhibition, Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey, photographs by Sedat Pakay (October 20, 2012—September 29, 2013). This highly anticipated exhibition shares rarely seen photographs of James Baldwin in Turkey that were taken by his friend and photojournalist, Sedat Pakay. Piercingly intimate and beautifully candid, these images capture the vibrant world of acquaintances, friends and collaborators Baldwin cultivated while living intermittingly in Turkey from 1961-1971.
The Youth Curators will participate as a team in twelve 2hour sessions beginning January 2013 through March 2013. The Learning Sessions will be facilitated by Museum educators with collaborations that may include film/video production professionals, theatrical performance and communications/media experts. The focus and goal of this project is to introduce youth Curators to the writings, profound insights and social justice activism of James Baldwin. They will take inspiration from the gallery exhibit and use their knowledge to engage the community in a conversation and awareness on the timelessness of this great literary and advocate for civil rights.
2013 registration is closed, please check back soon for opportunities in 2014.