The Teen Global Exchange Program is an iteration of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Museum Apprentice Program (MAP), an audience engagement initiative that employs a small group of local high school students and creates opportunities through which they might achieve their maximum potential.
This year’s program will afford students from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Italy the rare opportunity to engage with art and culture on the world’s oldest and grandest stage for contemporary art—la Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale). Held once every two years, the Biennale invites nations from across the globe to present exhibitions before an international audience of more than 300,000 visitors. A record 87 nations will participate this year in what has been described as the Olympics of artistic competition.
The IMA has been chosen to represent the United States at this year’s Biennale and will exhibit the work of Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. Through IMA’s partnership with the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Italy, teens have been assembled to lend their voices in discussions of art, national identity and cultural diplomacy brought about in the Biennale’s spirit of international competition.
Check back often for updates on their experiences leading up to and during their trip to Italy!