In 2016, BRAG partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU) on an innovative pilot program for youth audiences entitled Generation Art.
The program coordinators Dr Donna Mathewson Mitchell, ACU and Emma Hill, BRAG, invited eleven Year 10 students to engage in a fourteen week enrichment program specifically designed to immerse students in gallery operations and the gallery’s permanent collection.
Inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s successful Satellite High School program, Generation Art has been specifically designed to build on and complement the current art experiences provided by secondary schools by reaching out and engaging youth audiences with BRAG, its collection and our local artists.
Generation Art extends Milwaukee’s program to include a research component. Programs such as these are rare trailblazers and especially important in developing the small body of existing research around arts based youth engagement strategies and aesthetic development.
Working with local artists and arts workers, students responded to the program through the creation of digital stories based on the permanent collection. These are their works:
Images courtesy of Henry Denyer-Simmons.