Part of the TAP Group in front of a Kazuo Shiraga painting at the Rachofsky House
“The spring 2011 semester of the Teen-Artist Project was an absolute joy. I may be a little sad that my time as a TAP Intern has come to an end, but I am even happier to have worked with such great students, artists, and Museum staff. My time as a TAP Intern rejuvenated my artistic practice and my spirit by giving me the opportunity to pass on the flame of creativity to a younger generation.
The students, with all of their talent, dedication, and eagerness to learn new techniques and concepts, inspired a new kind of eagerness within my own artistic practice. And while I taught them, I also got to learn alongside them each time we worked with a guest artist. This semester we learned that shrubs can have wheels, how to build books that go for miles, and where our memories go after we have left their physical place of origin. During these truly magical learning experiences, we came to intimately know the Ed Ruscha: Road Tested exhibition, the permanent collection, the architecture of the Modern, and the staff at Museum. The Teen-Artist Project has heightened my adoration for this incredible institution.
I am so happy to have helped inspire and nurture young, burgeoning artists. These students will go on to do great things with what they learned this semester. I believe that the Modern’s Teen-Artist Project is building a brighter future for our community’s youth, and I will always cherish my time as a TAP Intern.”
-- Beatriz Cabrera, Spring 2011 TAP intern
The Modern’s Teen-Artist Project (TAP) pairs area high school students with artists as teachers. The program aims to expand each student’s art practice, introducing new concepts, approaches, artists, and media. Each visiting artist leads students through an investigation of modern and contemporary art in the galleries and related projects in the Museum studio. Participants also spend an afternoon visiting museums and galleries throughout the DFW Metroplex, further expanding their knowledge of art as found in their own community.
You can keep up with TAP at their blog: http://theteenartistproject.wordpress.com/