Teens

 
 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is at the core of MCASD’s teen programs. Composed of diverse teens representing high schools from across San Diego, TAG explores contemporary art by meeting with local artists and discussing art in the Museum's galleries. TAG also imagines, develops, and realizes projects designed to reach the wider Museum audience and advises the Museum on the design, promotion, and staffing of teen programs. 

This year, through Museums Connect, TAG is participating in a year-long international exchange project in partnership with the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. The exchange project, FOCUS: Youth Empowerment through Social Practice Art: Strategies for Coping with Violence and Trauma, connects 40 teens (20 in San Diego and 20 in Mexico City) with two social practice artists, US-based Itzel Martinez and Mexico-based Edgardo Aragon, to create new photographic and video works for a multimedia exhibition that addresses issues of social and political violence. Under the mentorship of MCASD’s Education Curator Cris Scorza and Education Associate Christian Lopez, and Museo Tamayo’s Head of Education Manuel Alcala and Teen Programs Coordinator Karla Nogues, teens will select one or several themes within the subject of violence, such as intra-familial violence, dating violence, gangs and cartels, or gun use, as the focus of their artistic work. They also will create a short documentary film and mount a public exhibition in both countries. Both groups (San Diego and Mexico City) will travel to their international partner site for a one-week cultural exchange, and will also communicate with each other through an online dialogue platform. Twenty teens from this year's TAG will be invited to participate in an exchange program between Mexico City and San Diego entitled FOCUS: Youth Empowerment Through Social Practice Art: Strategies for Coping with Violence and Trauma. In collaboration with Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, MCASD will unite approximately 40 Mexican and American teens ages 15-18, with two social practice artists, US-based Itzel Martinez and Mexico-based Edgardo Aragon, to create new photographic and video works for a multimedia exhibition that explores the issue of violence in their respective communities. Chosen participants must have a valid passport by the time of travel, but this does not limit the participation of teens that may not travel outside the U.S. 

Teens in FOCUS will meet regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5-7 PM at the Museum’s downtown location with occasional meetings at the Museum’s La Jolla location, or at an alternate location such as a community center in our area or another cultural organization.

Participants will be required to take part in two weekend workshops in November and January, a week of workshops and site visits in San Diego with the program's international guests from March 22-26, and a five-day international trip to the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City from March 29-April 1. Airfare, lodging, and meals are included in the program. Please note that participants selected to travel will need to cover any incidental expenses if incurred.

To apply, submit a completed four-part MCASD FOCUS Application, found below. All applications must be received by Friday, October 23, 2015 at 3 PM (PST). Candidates will be notified of their acceptance to the program by Monday, October 26, 2015. First meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 5-7 PM at MCASD Downtown.

*Please note that no more than two teens will be accepted from a single school and preference will be given to sophomores and juniors.


Apply!

Fill out this digital form to apply for the 2015–2016 Teen Advisory Group and the FOCUS program.