As part of Montalvo Arts Center’s commitment to the Next Generation, the Teen Council was launched to provide an avenue for teens to work with world-class artists in the creation of original programming exploring social concerns of our time.
In 2007, the Teen Council’s inaugural year, Montalvo commissioned artists Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz to create a program for teens with the goals of increasing their understanding of a multidisciplinary sampling of the arts, to strengthen their critical thinking and observation skills, and to provide participants with new tools for articulation. The 2007 Teen Council brought together 10 highly motivated and creative teens, ages 15-17, from six South Bay high schools to serve as curators in the development of public programs and installations at Montalvo. In preparation, teens participated in a 10-week series of workshops designed to encourage new ways of seeing and engaging with their community. Workshops included writing and storytelling, intergenerational interviews with the Montalvo Service Group (MSG), t-shirt design, the art of zines, toy sculpture, and intervention and performance art.
The workshop series culminated in the Do Something New! public exhibition at the Project Space at Montalvo, June 14 – Sept. 30, and the Do Something New Teen Arts Fair on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Montalvo's 2007 DSN Teen Council:
- Kristina Barry, Leigh High School
- Michelle Chan, St. Francis High School
- Mabel Hsu, Saratoga High School
- Megan Lee, Saratoga High School
- Rachel Miller, ACCEL Middle College/EVHS
- WooHo Park, Saratoga High School
- Melina Ramirez, Downtown College Prep
- Lyka Sethi, Saratoga High School
- Thong Tu, Saratoga High School
- Kara Wang, Saratoga High School