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ME(me): Youth Art Exhibition
A Multidisciplinary Art Exhibit by Teens
April 9-May 30, 2015
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM to 6PM; Saturdays 12PM to 5PM
Gallery Admission: Sliding scale; $3 per person suggested
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 11 | 2-4PM
Enjoy live performances, food, and an opportunity to talk with the young artists and members of the Youth Leadership Council!
ME(me), a play on the internet phenomenon of memes, captures the pressures of youth culture; ideas, behaviors, and styles that, like internet memes, replicate and respond to outside pressures. This exhibition features young Minnesotan artists' insight into what we hide versus what we share in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
"The ME in the title is what we share with the world, but we all have concealed feelings, thoughts, and dreams that we sometimes feel we can't share for fear of ridicule or rejection. That's the '(me)' part. We hope this exhibition provides space for teens to share those things they might not share in other situations. To find a safe outlet in art." -Aniya, Youth Leadership Council and Exhibit Curation Team Member
The goal of ME(me) is to both provide a platform for young artists to take risks and be recognized as artists, and for arts patrons to more fully understand the power of youth voice and perspectives. Additionally, ME(me) displays the range, depth, and breadth of work created by young people by featuring artwork in a variety of disciplines including video, music, sculpture, theater, photography, and even Vines, GIFs, and selfies.
"People think teens are self-centered, and the thing is, we are! We think about ourselves a lot and that enables us to think about what we value, what we care about. If I didn't think about myself, I don't think I would feel comfortable calling myself a feminist or being an advocate for body positivity and mental health issues. Being self centered helps move me past being afraid of what other people think and moves me toward being a more effective community leader." -Brittani, Youth Leadership Council and Exhibit Curation Team Member
Check out the RedCurrent interview with Brittani & Aniya about the exhibit!
ABOUT THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council consists of six socially-conscious, active, and innovative young people between the ages of 12 and 20. The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) work together to build an interdisciplinary youth community that fosters relationships and deepens interactions among teens. Members of the YLC work to plan special events and arts experiences that enable youth will get to know Intermedia Arts as a place where they are respected, have access to art, and can develop their skills as artists and leaders.
This presentation is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund