Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

 
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YOUNG AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

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The Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts (BMFA) is thrilled to announce our new Youth Ambassadors program.  This project is part of our HEB Tournament of Champions Young Artists Program that will run for 2017/ 18.

 

Young Ambassadors is an art and civic engagement initiative for High School students in the city of Brownsville. Each semester 25 youth will be selected to use art as a tool to address a community development issue in the Buena Vida Neighborhood.  Youth will be paid a small stipend (to be announced at the time accepted applicants receive invitations for participation).  Stipends will be paid at project completion.  Additionally the BMFA will provide all art supplies needed to complete the program.  

 

APPLICATION

The full application can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2fdGApu.

Please contact Bianca Camarillo at Bianca@brownsvillemfa.org or call 956.542.0941 with any questions.  All applications are due October 4th by 11:59pm. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

For the fall semester we are accepting applications from youth enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade at any school in the City of Brownsville. Applicants MUST be available for all 10 session meetings.

 

SCHEDULE

The youth ambassador will meet from 5-7pm on the following days.  All meetings will take place at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts unless otherwise indicated.

 

APPLICATION CALENDAR

OCTOBER 4th, 11:59pm CST: APPLICATIONS DUE

      9th, applicants notified of acceptance decisions

 

PROGRAM CALENDAR

OCTOBER 11th: PROGRAM START 5-7pm at the BMFA

      18th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

      25th, 5-7pm, Off site community meeting, site TBD  

NOVEMBER

         1st, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

         8th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

         15th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

         29th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

DECEMBER

          6th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

          13th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA

          20th, 5-7pm, at the BMFA  

***final exhibition and ceremony, presentation of artwork to community***

 

DESCRIPTION

The Young Ambassadors is a highly collaborative socially engaged art program.  In the project youth will learn about Public Interest Design, Social Practice Art, Creative Placemaking/ Placekeeping and Relational Aesthetics.  The program provides an unmatched opportunity for young people to learn how art can work as a tool for civic engagement and community development.   Many sessions will include brief art history lectures and information on how to facilitate successful group work in collaboration with a community.  

 

Youth will partner with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition, the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville and the Choice Neighborhood program to make an artwork that address a community concern for Buena Vida residents.  After doing research with the community participants will design a four-panel mural about the resident identified community challenge or opportunity.  Collectively the Youth Ambassadors will design and produce this four panel mural and present it to residents of Buena Vida to be placed in a public site within the neighborhood.