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After-school program for high school students at Collage Museum Archives

An after-school program for local high school students at the Collage Museum Archives has begun and will culminate in a May exhibition.

According to project organizer Cecil Touchon, “The idea is to work together at the Collage Museum Archives at 262 Pagosa Street on an international arts project. The project is called ‘Postage and Handling Included,’ and students will have fun learning how to use drawing, painting, doodling, stamping, printing and collage to create art to send to other artists around the world, then receive artworks back to the museum from these artists culminating in an exhibition and catalog at the end of the school year. We will then have a big party for the opening of the show. The emphasis is on creativity, artistic enjoyment and getting connected to and knowing the international network of artists who send art to each other through the mail.”

Students will be surrounded by thousands of works of art and have access to an art library. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in multiple international exhibitions over the course of the year.

Through the “Postage and Handling Included” exhibition, students will be taught basic art skills for creating and documenting art.

As art comes back from artists, students will study incoming works and be taught archival and curatorial skills including blogging, digital photography, imaging and video to document and publish the incoming works on the show’s exhibition blog and learn how to create and publish a physical catalog. Students will then participate in the planning, installation and publicizing of the physical exhibition.

Adults are also welcome to participate in the program. There is no charge for participation; this program is supported by your contributions.

Museum volunteers are also needed.

Stop by Open Studio at the Museum Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., Fridays from 1–5 p.m.

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