This blog documents the experiences of students, instructors, and mentors in Smack Mellon gallery‘s Art Ready education program.
Smack Mellon’s Education Program Art Ready is a mentorship Program designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. From October-December, participating students gain exposure to diverse art fields and meet a wide range of artists from emerging to well-known, through a series of trips to professional artists’ studios, field trips to various NYC arts and cultural centers, and art-making workshops. In the spring, students select artists to serve as their mentors, with whom they meet once a week from January-May to work on hands-on projects and internships. Art Ready culminates in an exhibition of work created during the program, in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space.
Students who complete Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program are well informed, educated and prepared to make a decision about pursuing a future career in the arts.
Smack Mellon is a non-profit gallery space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, whose mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects.
Visit http://smackmellon.org/index.php/education/education/ to learn more about the Art Ready program and how to get involved.