Art Lab Teens and Social Sundays


Art Lab’s most recent Social Sunday was a fun and engaging learning experience for both our teen interns and Museum visitors. Art Lab teens drew inspiration from artists who work with unconventional materials to create engaging artwork.  The teens specifically looked at work by Cole Blaq, an artist exhibited in CMA’s Think Outside the Brick exhibition, and Jan Vormann, an artist who created a collaboration called Dispatchwork.  Both artists work with LEGO, an unconventional medium easily relatable to audiences of all ages.

Art Lab interns decided to use the ideas of unconventional materials and engaging artwork to create an interactive experience for museum visitors. Using storytelling as a relatable medium and performance as a means of engaging communication, the Art Lab teens created six distinct experiences throughout the hallways, galleries, and public spaces of CMA.


If you joined us for the last Social Sunday, you may have noticed an interesting character making shadow puppets with visitors in the Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910 exhibition.  Or perhaps, in the European gallery, you saw Bathsheba come to life as two ladies-in-waiting pampered guests like royalty while facilitating a discussion about the painting’s history and potential meanings.  Or maybe you simply heard the sounds of a dedicated violist practicing her craft while challenging visitors to consider something they would like to improve upon.  Our Art Lab interns engaged museums visitors in dialogues about art, society, and life through both performance and play. Challenging themselves to overcome feelings of awkwardness and shyness, our teens put themselves out there to create truly unique and meaningful experiences for Museum guests.


Art Lab interns will hold their third Social Sunday on March 16, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM, and their final Social Sunday of the year will be held on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Join us to experience what these awesome teens have to share. And as always, Sundays are IHeartFreeSundays, with free admission, including special exhibitions.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Sohayla M. Pagano, CMA Education Intern