Youth Storytellers Discover New Narratives at Museum of Art

This summer, as part of a cultural exchange program called Envisioning Our Future, Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute and the Carnegie Museum of Art worked with rural and urban Appalachian youth to learn storytelling. As part of the program, students were given the opportunity to explore concepts of place, identity, and economic transition through filmmaking, photography, podcasting, and creative writing—all with the galleries at Carnegie Museum of Art as the backdrop and inspiration for their learning.

Youth interns pass Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 493 and Wall Drawing 450 on their way to the galleries at Carnegie Museum of Art. (Appalachian Media Institute)
Youth interns pass Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 493 and Wall Drawing 450 on their way to the galleries at Carnegie Museum of Art. (Appalachian Media Institute)

AMI intern Elyssia Lowe described her visit—the first to an art museum—as “surreal,” particularly from her perspective as a 22-year-old art major: “[You] read and study about these works of art and their creators,” she says. “To see it all in person was a life-changing event that I will be forever grateful for.”

Read the full article on CMOA’s blog or visit the Envisioning Appalachia story archive to learn more about the exchange.

 

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