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The MOCAD Teen Council is the collective voices of young leaders and acts as a platform for inspiration and empowerment of youth in metro Detroit. Teen Council members are change makers within the city and state by reinforcing MOCAD’s mission through a variety of involvement, including: teen nights, workshops, Family Day, and the ESB/SKS Junior Docent program. Teen Council members plan and lead community outreach events for teens throughout the city, contributing to MOCAD social media promotion and becoming vanguards within their community. The Teen Council meets weekly and communicates throughout the year to plan and work on its initiatives and events. Members of the Teen Council participate in activities including college tours, financial workshops, portfolio reviews, and museum and gallery visits to prepare for a post secondary school experience and foster professional development.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

KAWS EFFECTS:
CHARACTER DESIGN

July 15–26, 2019
8:30 AM–4 PM*
(excluding Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21)

MOCAD DUAL/FAMILY MEMBERS:
$710/CHILD FOR TWO WEEKS
NON-MEMBERS: $790/CHILD FOR TWO WEEKS

$25 discount for each additional sibling.
AGES: 11-14
Registration is limited to 15 students.
$50 reservation fee due at time of pre-registration.

Pre-registration and full payment due by Friday, May 17, 2019.
*Before- and after-care available 7:30–8:30am and 4-6pm

 

CLICK HERE to register!
For two fantastic, high energy weeks in the summer, artistically driven Detroit area middle school students interact with the work of KAWS, to design and create their own characters!  KAWS is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Led by teaching artists experienced in illustration and product design, camp begins with youth touring and interpreting KAWS’ work on display at MOCAD.  Drawing inspiration from these works, youth design characters based on themselves, utilizing basic illustration techniques.
Later, those illustrations come to life as youth translate their 2-D drawings into 3-D forms, using a variety of materials.  Aside from working with positive teaching artists, campers will play games, enjoy outdoor activities, and make new friends during this exciting midsummer fun experience at MOCAD. Scholarships are available. All meals and snacks provided free of additional charge. 
Image: KAWS, FINAL DAYS (2014).

These events are entirely teen driven, empowering youth and giving teens the responsibility to offer enrichment activities for their peers. MOCAD provides the space for teens to make decisions and work together in a group. Teens also developed life, logic and reasoning skills by figuring out what is most engaging for their peers, developing a budget, executing the plans and reflecting on the completed events. Teen nights also make MOCAD an evening activity and destination spot for youth. Teens view MOCAD as a place in the community where fun things are happening for them. Teen nights are weekend activities so teens can have a safe, engaging time with their friends while participating in educational and literacy based activities.

PAST TEEN NIGHTS:

  • Pretty/Ugly: Teen Art Exhibition Opening + Open Mic Night
  • Teen Lock-In

Workshops provide college readiness and humanities based training for innovation. They operate as free monthly events for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills. These development classes provide students and their peers with a curriculum to individually explore creative pathways and prepare for future education after high school. The workshops focus on helping students develop and demonstrate the use and mastery of advanced concepts, formal language, design, and materials. MOCAD workshops also encourage youth to strengthen visual literacy and help them demonstrate problem-solving skills by providing a step-by-step approach to specific issues in projects.

PAST WORKSHOPS:

  • Infinite Patterns with Molly Aubry
  • Detroit IS Science-Fiction Songwriting with Antea Shelton

Youth literacy programs have helped to foster creative discourse between students and engage youth development through self-assured articulation. Over the last year, MOCAD has focused on youth literacy programs by hosting partner programs and creating unique curriculums with a focus on reading and writing. Thanks to these partnerships, we have inspired over 15,000 young writers to think broadly, create bravely, and share their voices with the wider community in a nurturing safe space. MOCAD hosts over twenty schools and organizations across Michigan to compete for the state title poetry slam and has helped transformed the lives of future leaders. Youth literacy programs at MOCAD enable learners to master content, become more self-directed, extend their investigations of personal interests, and assume greater control over their own learning.

PAST YOUTH LITERACY PROGRAMS:

  • Detroit Youth Poetry Slam
  • InsideOut: Louder than a Bomb

Camps are more than the typical supervised program. They are multi-day development opportunities that instill values of teamwork, collaboration, and personal responsibility within a healthy environment. These curriculum focused enrichment programs team up established professionals with young entrepreneurs looking to expand their skills in a variety of fields. Working together, teens build character, confidence and skills through a range of arts, music, fashion, and cultural activities. These camps foster personal growth and offer unique experiences in a highly supportive setting. Here, students can accomplish daily tasks and create memories that last a lifetime.

2018 CAMPS:

  • Hip Hop Architecture Camp
  • Art Babes: Collaborative Adornment and Fashion Gallery
  • Sugar Hill Clay Studio

The ESB/SKS Junior Docent Program provides middle and high school students with first hand learning experiences that are unique to MOCAD and its exhibitions. It increases youth understanding of and vocabulary for the visual arts while at the same time providing an opportunity for teens to interact with the public. The primary goal of this program is to promote a continued interest in exhibitions at MOCAD and to build confidence through visual and written responses to current exhibitions. The ESB/SKS Junior Docent Program also exposes youth to humanities and education-related careers by observing, discussing, and becoming experts in age appropriate exhibitions. ESB/SKS Junior Docents have become leaders in MOCAD and in their community by gaining a wider range of knowledge about art, in and outside of Detroit.

Participants in the ESB/SKS Junior Docent Program have moved on to higher education at Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Columbia University, and many other prestigious colleges and universities.

Family Days are free creative and education-based days that focus on themes related to MOCAD exhibitions. These family centered events give children and their adults a chance to celebrate the meaning of being a family and spend quality time with their loved ones. By participating in fun activities together at MOCAD, Family Day provides bonding moments with family connection. These activities reinforce contributions to the world by fostering a strong sense of wellbeing, and help to create communities where families are the core and fundamental pillars of society.

PAST FAMILY DAYS:

  • Kevin Kammeraad + Friends Puppet Theater
  • Merry Making
  • Family Day at Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

MOCAD’s Outta Here program exposes students to different cultural offerings, spaces, and eras in a meaningful and engaging way. It encourages teens to deepen their social and historical knowledge by offering key cultural opportunities to meet with arts professionals, and engage with artists, designers, and other cultural producers. Field trips stimulate students’ reasoning and critical thinking skills by introducing STEAM concepts that invite students to learn and understand places differently and gain new appreciations for different environments.

These fun and captivating outings allow youth to connect meaningfully with the working world and encourage higher career aspirations.

PAST OUTTA HERE FIELD TRIPS:

  • ICA Boston
  • Michigan State University
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Art
  • Signal Return/Eastern Market
  • Midtown Galleries
  • Detroit Public Theater

The K-12 Advisory Board consists of 8 to 12 educators from the tri-county area and provides MOCAD Youth Programs with relevant information, feedback, and evaluation regarding student needs for enrichment and research-based educational outreach.

These education professionals serve as a sounding board for innovative programs to engage youth within the arts and align our education goals with current curriculum. Board members discuss effectiveness of youth programs for educational standards, assist in planning events that engage youth in the arts, and evaluate past programs. The K-12 Board reinforces MOCAD Youth Programs and helps strengthen MOCAD’s service to the community at large.


Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ comes to MOCAD


D-Artist Studio: Tiff Massey


D-Artist Studio: Scott Hocking


MOCAD Teen Council

Teen Council


MOCAD Teen Council

MOCAD Youth Programs are graciously funded by