Starting June 17 Locust Projects will welcome twenty-five Miami-Dade high school students who were selected from an open call for a chance to participate in Locust Art Builders (LAB), a unique summer art program for creative teens to connect and collaborate with peers from schools across the county as they build an exhibition from scratch and visit local arts organizations.
Guided by two professional artist mentors over a four-week daily art intensive, students will gain hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes knowledge about careers in the arts and learn about the practical and creative aspects of mounting a public exhibition, which they develop and produce in association with their peers.
The LAB program encourages attendees to develop ideas and produce work collaboratively, resulting in an exhibition that has been devised and produced as the result of a team effort. This invaluable opportunity allows young artists to widen their perspectives, connect with other young artists and established arts professionals, and gain the experience of making an exhibition in an established visual arts space.
The LAB promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. The LAB program extends Locust Projects’ 20-year commitment to experimentation and innovation in artistic practice to the next generation of South Florida artists.
Locust Art Builders (LAB) is made possible through lead support from the Hillsdale Fund Inc. Additional LAB funding is provided by the Kirk Foundation, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Vhernier, and donors to the Team LAB Annual Education Fund.