Last year we partnered with Santa Fe Youth Shelter’s Access Program for “at-risk” teens. Due to funding and staffing issues they are no longer able to participate but we have found a new partner we are very excited about. In collaboration with the Santa Fe Mountain Center’s Healthy Transitions program and Little Globe, Currents will provide a week long intensive workshop (4 hrs a day for 5 days) followed by a paid internship opportunity for 5 of Santa Fe’s “at-risk” youth.
During the workshop the participants will create their own short experimental films that will be shown in the exhibition at CURRENTS 2017. The youth will learn how to use video equipment, record sound, edit video and sound, and conceptualize a narrative within the context of a theme. Through hands on experience, participants will come out of the workshop will a new set of skills and tools available to them. This portion of the program will be facilitated by Little Globe.
After completion of an original video art work, the youth will continue the program by installing the work in CURRENTS along side the work of professional and emerging artists from New Mexico, the U.S. and the world. They will be responsible for 36 hours of work in the exhibition, from our install process to staying on as docents, running exhibits and helping visitors.
Each school year, as part of our Youth Media Makers Project, we visit several high schools in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Española and Taos presenting a documentation of the previous year’s Festival and showing videos and animations created by professionals and local students. This school year we will have visited 11 schools. The goal is to expand the students artistic vocabulary and to encourage them to submit videos to be presented at our main exhibition venue.
Youth Exhibition Tours
Last June we gave 10 tours of the Festival’s main exhibition at El Museo Cultural to over 200 youth from the City’s Summer Camp Program and the Rio Grande Charter School. This year we will be giving 15, at this point, having added 4 Boys and Girls Club and the New Mexico School for the Deaf tours. There is a very good chance that we will be adding more as the Festival approaches. I would imagine that we will exceed 300 youth for CURRENTS 2017.
We post an international call for interns. This year we received 47 applications and selected 5. They will be here for 1 month – through install, run of the festival and de-install. The interns will gain hands on experience and have the chance to interact with media artists from around the world. We supply housing and a stipend.
Once again we will be mentoring 2 AmeriCorps Members from Highland University’s AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program.