July 01, 2016
The museum is part of the urban fabric of Anchorage. As such, it has a role to play in fostering the next generation of insightful, self-assured, and creative individuals that our world needs. The museum develops teen programs that offer a chance to focus, self-reflect, connect and gain perspective.
Today’s teens have stresses from within and without and are the demographic that is best poised to express the richness of human potential. Our Urban Interventions series motivates and empowers youth through creative, healthy expression in art forms they recognize. The first two programs in this series engaged local youth through skateboard art and a study of Native skin tattooing. This summer, we explored street art culture with Anchorage artist Arielo “Bisco” Taylor. Local youth covered temporary walls installed on the museum lawn with street art inspired by objects in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.