Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

How Can Museums Change Teens — and Vice Versa?

How should art nonprofits achieve their educational function as 501(c)(3) organizations? I hereby introduce the Satellite High School Program, which designed to make teens enrolled in the exploration of art museums for a yearlong period and therefore observing and evaluating their improvements. Actually, we may find the program more significant than a regional event as it help us to explore a much wider theme: how could arts change the thoughts of people, especially teenagers? According to Chelsea Kelly’s evaluation, students developed their ability to reflect on themselves and skills reflecting on their world and life. It seems difficult to evaluate such vague notions like thoughts and behavior patterns. However, just as mentioned in The Advantage that organization health is always the first priority, the thinking pattern decides what a person may reflect on the world beyond him/her.

 

In addition, this article shows us an interesting perspective that the seemingly “naive” teens can also benefit the museum via this educational program. The Satellite performs as a perfect bridge between teens and museums, which makes them combined tight and deeply to accomplish an educational goal for both sides.

 

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One comment on “How Can Museums Change Teens — and Vice Versa?

  1. trishayoung
    September 12, 2014

    It was interesting to read through their struggle of how to measure growth. I also enjoyed the end of the article when it talked about the impact this teen program has on the museum. “Explore how art can be made relevant to our lives today.” Helping teens see the relevance art can have in their lives and helping them develop their reasoning and exploratory skills seems like great outcomes of this program.

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