High School Visual Arts Career Day 2018

High School Career Day in the Visual Arts

ince 2003
this program has given high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in the arts while gaining special access to cultural institutions. Working in tandem with select schools and assigned staff, ArtTable members, in New York and Los Angeles, have created specialized day-long programs that provide select students with a candid glimpse into arts professions, institutions and businesses that they may never have considered as career possibilities. Past itineraries have included visits to galleries, museums, artist studios, and photography and conservation studios, providing students with a behind-the-scenes look at different work places, and a chance for them to learn about what education, skills, and special traininy may be required for pursuing different careers in the visual arts.  At chosen sites, students are invited to participate in select activites, and encouraged to ask questions. These visits have led to further engagement opportunities, with students inquiring about program and internship opportunities.

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2018 High School Arts Career Day in the Visual Arts
Textile Arts Center                                                            Groundswell
Photo credits: Evie Joselow
Millennium High School, New York, NY
June 6, 2018
Led by ArtTable member Rachel Selekman

Students from Millennium High School spent the day in Gowanus, Brooklyn starting at the Spaceworks studio of Rachel Selekman, where they spoke with her about her career training in graphic arts, and her transition to other mediums. She showed the students some of her works in process and shared her thought processes and construction techniques for her paper collages, and 3-dimensional wall sculptures. Afterwards, they visited The Textile Arts Center where they met with Kelly Valletta, co-executive-director, who asked the students to speak about their own career paths before sharing her own career as both an artist and a business owner. A Q & A disucssion was followed by a tour of the facilities, including studios, exhibition space, and workshops.   After a short lunch break, the students met with Risa Shoup, Executive Director, and Kai Walkes. Administrative Assistant at Spaceworks, a nonprofit cultural community development organization to learn about their initiatives to provide studio, community and performance spaces, as well as to discuss their own career paths and ambitions. The day ended at Groundswell, where the students met with Amelia Calsi, Studio Arts Manager, who spoke with them about the numerous community mural projects undertaken by the organization, offering the students future opportunities for internships and portfolio review sessions.

Thanks to Rachel Selekman, and Lisa DeFillipo, Millennium High School, Manhattan, for making this program possible.