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Column: High's Teen Team revs up for art-oriented programs
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
December 24, 2012 11:30 AM | 2315 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
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The innovative Teen Team programs at the High Museum of Art in Midtown are getting off to an early start for 2013. and work with Teen Coordinator Beth Malone to implement special studio-style sessions and social interaction.

All the sessions are free to high school students. They do not have to be members of the museum to participate.

A group of 15 creative high school students who share a common interest in art and community engagement organize the behind-the-scenes access to the museum plan two event each year: one in March and another in August.

The first of four sessions are two free open studio classes scheduled in the High’s Green Family Education Center from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays in January, Jan. 3 and 17. The first is a hands-on creative session centered on typography, painting and found-object jewelry. The second is a clothing swap and cassette tape collage study.A “Fast Forward: Teen Film Night” is set for Jan. 17 in the Hill Auditorium.

A short film competition with cash prizes is open to high school students and must be inspired by an artist’s work shown in the current “Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913>>2013” exhibition. Teen producers need to submit their hi-resolution DVD films to Christina Westpheling by Jan. 4 to enter the competitive screening.

On Jan. 20 a teen-based “Gallery Slam: the Art of Poetry” in the Black Box Theatre at the Alliance Theatre will explore a poetry-inspired study of the theme “Social Change and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

The High’s Teen Advisory Council (Teen Team) is an outgrowth of Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programming. The overall mission is to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts by providing a diverse array of curriculum-based assemblies, workshops and residencies in music, dance, theatre and literary and visual arts.

As part of the prestigious 30-chapter national Young Audiences, the High unit brings the power of live arts experiences to Georgia students from pre-school through high school. For more than 29 years, it has grown into a force in arts education, with more than 73 professional roster artists and ensembles that reach more than 400,000 students in 50 counties statewide.

Teens can also check on other 2013 programs scheduled for February, March and April.

Information: (404) 733-4465 or visit www.high.org/teenprograms.

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A lead-up on the Trinity School’s Spotlight on Art benefit exhibit is at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Opening with fanfare in early December, the capsule collection will continue through Jan. 30 at Saks to build momentum for the school’s major annual art-oriented benefit on the campus on Northside Parkway Feb. 4 through 9.

The major artist market will be open to the public with two special meet-the-artist evening events as it showcases more than 25 best-selling artists from all over the Southeast along with high-end jewelry designer pieces, whimsical and humorous art, and even one-of-a-kind home accent and garden art.

“Everyone loves art,” 2013 Spotlight on Art chair Michelle Anderson said. “Our annual preview at Saks and the major market in February provides a welcoming atmosphere where people of all ages, those both new and experienced in art collecting, can discover new treasures daily — our art speaks to everyone.”

Proceeds from the series of art-oriented events will go toward the independent co-educational Trinity School funding priorities such as student financial aid and continuing teacher education.

Information: (404) 231-8119 or visit www.spotlightonart.com.

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To those who want to continue their holiday festivities this weekend, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead through Sunday will host the spectacular “Passport to Celebrations” display of 25 annual holiday-oriented table-scapes and vignettes depicting cultural traditions around the world.

Opening in November, the inspiring auditorium-style exhibit staged by notable interior designers and retailers showcases both secular and religious celebrations.

Some of the annual dates depicting events into the New Year are: the January Chinese New Year, the February Carnival in Rio and Venice, the spring Buddha’s Birthday, the April Sakura Matszuri and others throughout the calendar year.

“Passport” co-chairs Debbie Neese and Karen Spiegel remind everyone the colorful décor and table settings will inspire year-round decorating ideas for not only international holidays, but special family occasions.

Located on the center’s campus on West Paces Ferry Road at the main museum entrance, the exhibit is open during regular center hours. The public direct-to-exhibit admission is just $10.

Information: (404) 814-4102 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com/passport.
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