Teen Advisory Group Q&A

 
 

MCASD's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is composed of diverse teens representing high schools from across San Diego who explore contemporary art by meeting with local artists and discussing art in the Museum's galleries. TAG also imagines, develops, and realizes projects designed to reach the wider Museum audience and advises the Museum on the design, promotion, and staffing of teen programs. This year's TAG members also had to opportunity to participate in MCASD's Museums Connect program, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) that paired MCASD with Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Through Museums Connect, teens from both countries are working together to create a multimedia exhibition about the role of violence in both of their cultures, and were able to visit each other as part of a week-long exchage.

We asked a few of our TAG team members about their experiences and what TAG means to them. 

Ainsleigh Douglas, age 17
San Marcos High School

MCASD: What made you want to apply to be part of TAG?
Ainsleigh: This program is enticing because I am able to surround myself with creative thinkers and artists similar to myself. I applied because I wanted to experience working with other students on topics that aren't normally discussed in an art setting. 

MCASD: Why do you think it’s important that teens explore the role of violence in their communities? 
Ainsleigh: It's important for teens to develop open mindedness and knowledge in all areas. Violence is a topic that is not normally discussed but is also very important so we can learn from it. By learning about violence we are able to develop personal awareness and bring awareness to other members of society.

MCASD: What about TAG excites you most?
Ainsleigh: Developing experiences with other artist my age excites me the most. But also learning about different mediums of art such as videos.

Karina Hernandez, age 17
Chula Vista High School

MCASD: What made you want to apply to be part of TAG?
Karina: I joined this program because it was a way of me of experiencing new things and meet new people, and I really enjoyed the idea of using art to deal with and help change violent behaviors in the world. 

MCASD: Why do you think it’s important that teens explore the role of violence in their communities? 
Karina: In a way explore violence and what causes it in a way to it seems to as a form of exposing it to the world and their buy its a significant way of stopping it, by actually taking the first step in order to prevent it.

MCASD: What about TAG excites you most?
Karina: What I find most gratifying in this program is the alternatives it offers me in order to express my disapproval of violence in the world. I can use art as a healthy weapon to fight this challenge that the world has faced for a very long time.
 

Bridget Brightfield

MCASD: What made you want to apply to be part of TAG? 
Bridget: I was really excited and interested to be apart of an exchange program especially through art and meet new artist and make friends.

MCASD: Why do you think it’s important that teens explore the role of violence in their communities?
Bridget: It helps educate the youth so that they may make a difference as opposed to being passive. Programs like this one allow us to reach out to many people and hopefully make a change.

MCASD: What about TAG excites you most? 
Bridget: The exchange trip to Mexico, to be able to experience another side of art, and to learn more.
 

Alexia Colmenero, age 16
Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High

MCASD: What made you want to apply to be part of TAG?
Alexia: A recommendation from a former school director influenced me to apply.

MCASD: Why do you think it’s important that teens explore the role of violence in their communities?
Alexia: I think it's important to explore the theme of violence in our communities so that we will be more aware of what violence is, and how to prevent unneeded violence.

MCASD: What about TAG excites you most?
Alexia: This project excites me because it lets me develop my video editing skills, and gives me a place outside of school to meet new people.

Tien Thuy Thai, age 15
Hoover High School

MCASD: What made you want to apply to be part of TAG?
Tien: A teacher recommend the program to me and my friends. He mentioned art making and that we might get to go to Mexico if we are good at the thing we are asked to do, so it intrigued me. 

MCASD: Why do you think it’s important that teens explore the role of violence in their communities? 
Tien: I believe it is because that teens are the future. Teens are going to be the new age of technology and every other thing I think. It is important that we have a good grip of what is happening across the US and the rest of the world, and when we have the power to create some sort of influence on the new world, we just might be able to lower the crime and violence that we have learned about.

MCASD: What about TAG excites you most?
Tien: The part that excites me the most is that we get to make videos and edit them and it can be like one of those videos on YouTube. And another part is that we get to go to the Museum and check out the art there.

 

IMAGE CAPTION > First Row: Valentina, Katherine (MCASD Education Assistant), Sophia, Bridget, Marissa, Allison, Enzo, Ainsleigh, Danielle, Tien, Lexi, Flor, Lulu
Bottom Row: Cris (MCASD Education Curator), Catrina, Renata, Karina