"The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's Teen/Artist Project is an ongoing program in which the museum pairs area high school students with artists as teachers and aims to expand students’ art practices, introducing new concepts, artists, and media. The Modern partners with regional and national artists to expand the art practice and knowledge of young, aspiring artists.
During three sessions throughout September, Julie Libersat will "Game the Museum" with teen artists in TAP. The program accepts 15-20 participants for an eight-month course which meets three hours each Sunday at the Modern. An important objective of TAP is for the participants, both students and visiting artists, to develop a personal and meaningful relationship with the Modern and its holdings through close and continuous investigations.
Visiting artists work with Modern education staff to design relevant and challenging seminars spanning one to four weeks. Within the given time frame, each visiting artist gets to know the students in the program and through that process determines the best means to introduce new concepts, artists and media as they pertain to the focus of each session. These artist-run workshops generally consist of investigations of modern and contemporary art in the museum galleries and transdisciplinary projects in the museum’s studio. However, the Modern strives to fully collaborate with each visiting artist to achieve the most effective programming including an occasional offsite project or visit. With every eight-month TAP program taking place across approximately a half dozen sessions, each with a different visiting artist, TAP participants glean rich insights into the ideas and practices of the makers and thinkers they’ve had the opportunity to work with as well as developing their own attitudes and impulses toward art. Each season of TAP concludes with a curated exhibition at Gallery 414.