Empowering youth and giving teens the responsibility to offer art making, leadership, and enrichment activities for their peers. MOCAD provides the space for teens to make decisions collaboratively and work together in a group. Teens also developed critical thinking skills, and reasoning skills through team work by engaging their peers, developing budgets, 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.
OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM: WORKSHOPS
Free workshops provide college readiness and humanities based training for creativity and innovation. These skill based workshops provide students with a curriculum to individually explore creative pathways and prepare for future education after high school. Workshops focus on helping students develop and demonstrate the use and mastery of advanced concepts, formal language, design, and materials. 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.
YOUTH LITERACY PROGRAMS
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.
Camp sessions offer an opportunity for youth to focus intensely on the development of creative and artistic skills, with the support of caring and passionate teaching artists. For days or weeks at a time, youth gather to co-create studio spaces where they produce work both independently and collaboratively, through a variety of media and disciplines that has included music, architecture, sculpture, animation, illustration, character design, and more.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.
ESB/SKS JUNIOR DOCENT PROGRAM
MOCAD’s Junior Docent program is a speaking course in disguise. Working with middle and high school students to provide first hand learning experiences that are unique to MOCAD and its exhibitions.Increasing 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.
OUTTA HERE: FIELD TRIPS
Creative field trips expose 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.
K-12 TEACHER ADVISORY BOARD
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 the 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.
For more information about the MOCAD Teen Council, please contact Michael Goe, Education Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313.832.6622.
Download the Youth Programs Brochure.
MOCAD youth programs are supported by the Applebaum Family Compass Fund, Avalon International Breads, the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, the Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation, the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation, Harmony Garden, Heart of Neiman Marcus, the MGM Resorts Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.