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Introducing the Spring 2014 Park Avenue Armory Youth Corps!
One of the first introductory projects the Park Avenue Armory Youth Corps are assigned is to create “About Me” posters reflecting the personality and skills of the new Phase I employees. Phase I and II mentor-mentee pairs work together to design these posters that are then presented in an Armory Staff Meet and Greet Event. This the first time the new Youth Corps members get a chance to meet other staff members of the Armory beyond the Education Office. This is Nancy with her finished project!
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain (via parkavenuearmory)
Creating the Phase I Orientation was a challenging yet rewarding process. The Phase II Youth Corps was in charge of planning multiple activities based on what the newcomers needed to know in order to be successful employees at Park Avenue Armory and to make the Phase I students feel as welcome as possible. This was the first time the Phase II Youth Corps has planned and facilitated the Phase I Orientation program entirely on our own, gaining valuable collaborative and leadership skills.
The Youth Corps just spent an amazing two hours with Adam Curtis exploring the medium of video collage and playing with Final Cut Pro! Thanks Mr Curtis for sharing your passion and expertise with us, and for the amazing opportunity to meet and work with you!
We’ll post the video we made soon!
The Summer Youth Corps visited the Guggenheim to see James Turrell’s Aten Reign, an installation of space and light.
"As we walked it, I saw circles above me changing color. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the light installation. When the installation was blue, I felt like Ariel from The Little Mermaid when she sings “Part of Your World”. When the light turned white I felt like I was in heaven. Each color meant something different and I was mesmerized!” - Phase I Youth Corps
"The light installation was really cool! I got to lay down and look at the ceiling and observe how each color began to change. The colors definitely impacted my mood. The white light made me feel calm; the red made me feel like I was exploring. My favorite was the blue light because it made everyone look like avatars." Paola, Phase II Youth Corps
"I really had no idea how to play chess or what the rules were. Because we are exploring the play The Machine, and learning about Garry Kasparov, a famous Grandmaster, part of our job is to get a feel of how to play the game. It takes patience and concentration. It was frustrating in the beginning, but it was exciting when I soon got the hang of using the pieces to my advantage. I would never expect chess to be so suspenseful!” - Stephanie, Phase I Youth Corps
"I’m learning to think ahead and analyze the consequences of my actions." - Carina, Phase II Youth Corps
Youth Corps exploring art at AGO in Toronto
Youth corps in Toronto!
More student-created Art from the Spring 2013 Youth Corps Censorship project
"We researched Nazi Germany and the PMRC and learned phrases like’Entartete Kunst’ which translates to ‘degenerate art,’ and a list made by the Parents Music Research Center called the Filthy Fifteen which included songs they thought should be labelled with Parental Advisory stickers. Three artists went before Congress and defended their work, and people listened to them."
-Carina, Youth Corps Phase I
Youth Corps members Tim, Eric, and Jo engage in a Lincoln Douglas debate on the resolution, “In general principle, institutional censorship of art is beneficial for protecting children in the community.” Below, Jo (on the Affirmative side) is cross-examined by Katherine (for the Negative side).
"I found the most exciting part of the presentation to be the debate. I had the privilege to introduce my side with an opening statement. Prior to my experience at the Armory, I felt that censorship was unjustifiable. But after researching the artwork of world-renowned artists such as Paul McCarthy and Marina Abromovic, I found that not all audiences are suitable for certain material because not all people will understand the ideas an artist is trying to exhibit. PLus art is all about opinion and interpretation so it’s not necessary for all types of artwork to be present to all people of the world."
-Jo, Youth Corps Phase I
Photos by Da Ping Luo
Youth Corps Shoh discusses Nazi censorship of modern art, then shows off his pipes in the Youth Corps movement piece.
"We worked with Donna Costello, a dance artist, to create a movement piece that shows how we feel as artists. Our movement piece showed power, control, force, and freedom, and each movement had meaning. I was nervous on presentation day because I had to speak in front of people, which I’d never done before. I learned about making my own art, which is not easy, how the powerful forces can control artists, and and how censorship works."
-Shoh, Youth Corps Phase I
Photos by Da Ping Luo
Art created by the 2013 Spring Youth Corps exploring censorship in art.
"Once upon a time there was a group of teenagers who worked in a castle known as Park Avenue Armory. This castle was not like any other castle in the land. This castle was a magical one! During each moon, the castle would transform into many different places, from art shows to balls for those who visit the castle. Yes, teenagers work within the magical castle with its ever-changing walls. I’m one of those teenagers."
-Eric, Phase II Youth Corps
Youth Corps member Biviana Sanchez shadowed our always-classy Event Manager, the incomparable Liz Bickley at a recent Park Avenue Armory event. Biviana, who wants to work as an Event Manager someday, rocked the headset all night long. Liz said after, “Biviana wasn’t intimidated by a hectic event or her hectic mentor! She had a positive attitude, asked great questions, and was a joy to work with for the evening. I found her help to be invaluable!”
"I wanted to shadow Liz because now that I’m about to enter college I want to know what it’s really like being an event coordinator as a career. I made sure I asked a ton of questions and observed very carefully. For example, I asked if was she part of a team when dealing with the first parts of the planning and she said no which surprised me. Even on the night of the event, she’s still running around by herself to make sure things are perfect. I admire this because I saw how stressful it may be, especially when not everyone is on the same page but she showed me how she deals with that so she isn’t as stressed as she could be. My favorite part was when Liz took us down to the caterers and we taste-tested the food. I had my first tuna tartare and it was absolutely delicious. When I go off to the University at Albany I will have this experience in my back pocket just in case I need it. Thanks Liz!" -Biviana Sanchez, Phase I Youth Corps
Photos by Da Ping Luo