"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
You hit a certain age when this question crops up more and more. And it's OK to not have a concrete answer. Some high school students may know a general field they want to enter such as the arts but may not know much about the type of careers out there. Contemporary Arts Memphis provides a program that gives these teens an in-depth look at the various careers in the arts for teens in the greater Memphis area.
The Metal Museum hosted a group of young aspiring artists from Contemporary Arts Memphis to share with them the type of careers that exist in the arts and museum fields, from curators and preparators to artists and designers.
The group was able to get a final look at the RINGS! exhibit before it ended and participate in a Q&A session with Brooke Garcia, Director of Collections and Exhibitions. The teens learned what curators look for when viewing an artist's portfolio as well as the importance of showcasing their work online.
Students also got to learn about the many forms that metal takes and the importance of finding quality art programs that provide internships and apprenticeships from Lead Blacksmith Jacob Brown.
The biggest takeaway from the visit was that with grit, a healthy dose of encouragement, and some research, these aspiring young artists discovered the future is theirs for the making.