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Museum opens door to teens at Art Scene on Saturday

CorrespondentApril 11, 2013 

In the Triangle, it’s easy to keep young kids busy with a stream of events that cater to little ones. But once your children start to move into their tween and teen years, you may find a vacuum.

The N.C. Museum of Art is trying to change that. This weekend the museum will hold Art Scene, a teen-organized event that is part of a larger effort to engage older children. The free event begins at noon Saturday, and will include activities in the museum park and in the old museum building.

Among other activities, there will be performances by teen musicians and dancers, exhibitions of teen-made art and films, interactive photography activities and a “bucket list” graffiti wall where young artists can help create a multi-media collage answering the question: What’s one thing you want to do in your lifetime?

There will also be food trucks so you can have lunch.

The art museum has joined a national movement of museums seeking to become hubs for creative teens.

“We have lots of family events, but there becomes this drop-off point with teens, just when they’re finding themselves and expressing themselves artistically,” said Emily Kotecki, an educator for the museum.

The museum has created a teen advisory council, which was in charge of planning this event. It also has created other opportunities for teens, including summer workshops and online courses on such topics as videography, fashion design and game designing. More information on those programs will be available at Art Scene.

Organizers say the whole family is welcome. Younger children might enjoy the performances or playing in the museum’s park, which includes a giant sandbox, rocks for climbing and other fun features.

You can also see the museum’s fascinating new exhibit, “0 to 60,” modern art that explores the nature of time.

Some of those my 7-year-old enjoyed were a computer screen that projects your image and makes smoke come out of your eyes, a life-size replica of a New York apartment constructed of fabric, a large pile of hard candies that invites visitors to take one and a wall installation made mostly of paper plates, cups and candy wrappers.

• Also this weekend, Duke Gardens will hold a Discovery Day, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, in its new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, which is designed to teach visitors about organic gardening and food production. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. The program is free and no registration is required.

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