In 2018 in collaboration with Youth Works and Little Globe, CURRENTS will provide a week long intensive workshop (4 hrs a day for 5 days) followed by a paid Festival internship for 5 of Santa Fe’s “at-risk” youth. This will be the second year for this program.
During the workshop the participants will create their own short experimental films that will be shown in the exhibition at CURRENTS 2018. 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. In the 2016-17 school year we visited 11 schools and hope to increase that number this year. 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 15 tours of the Festival’s main exhibition at El Museo Cultural to over 300 youth from the City’s Summer Camp Program, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Rio Grande Charter School. In 2018 we hope to boost the number of tours and participating organizations.
We post an international call for interns. For CURRENTS 2017 we received 47 applications and selected 5. They were here for 1 month – through install, run of the festival and de-install. The interns gained hands on experience and had the chance to interact with media artists from around the world. We supplied housing and a stipend. In January we will post our intern call for 2018.
During CURRENTS 2017 we mentored 2 AmeriCorps Members from Highland University’s AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program who documented the Festival. Unfortunately, that wonderful program is ending.