ARTLAB+ programs give technology and artist mentorship to teens ages 13-19 who want to socialize, experiment with media, and sharpen their critical thinking and digital literacy. Teens choose their own activities and projects to produce with professional video and photo gear, music and recording equipment, video games and graphic design resources. Inspired by the collection and temporary exhibitions, a staff of artist mentors serve school groups during the day and drop-in teens after school and on weekends. Teens have the opportunities to create clubs, plan events, join production teams and learn in workshops. Weekend and weeklong workshops are held year-round to accommodate a wide variety of schedules. We welcome all teens, regardless of experience.
The ARTLAB+ space is funded, as a member of the YOUmedia Network, by the MacArthur Foundation. ARTLAB+ programs are funded by the Pearson Foundation, in partnership with the New Learning Institute, along with funds from the Knight Foundation, Vivian and Elliot I. Pollock and internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grant.
The Hirshhorn hosted several Mobile Learning workshops in the summer of 2010 and is featured in a PBS documentary called “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century.”
Check out this feature on our ARTLAB+Game Design workshop.