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Teen internship mingles art and social issues

The 2021–2022 Studio Project teen program will run fall and spring semesters.
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Previous Studio Project intern in front of the mural inters created with artist-in-residence Austin Zucchini Fowler.

BMoCA in collaboration with Firehouse Art Center is currently accepting applications for The Studio Project Teen Program. The program is open to all 9th–12th-grade students in Boulder and surrounding counties. Created in 2007, the Studio Project provides purposeful engagement in the arts and social issues for high-school-age youth.

Program Specifics

The 2021–2022 Studio Project teen program will run fall and spring semesters. Students may apply for one semester or both. Weekly meetings will be held virtually and in person in Boulder at BMoCA and in Longmont at Firehouse Art Center.

Each semester, teen participants will:

  • Explore various art-making styles and mediums
  • Select guest artists who will guide their art explorations
  • Discuss social justice issues affecting them directly and/or indirectly
  • Create opportunities to impact their communities
  • Share their work and ideas with other teens

At weekly meetings, teen participants will discuss issues they are passionate about (such as the environment, equality, body positivity, etc.); research guest artists to serve as mentors who will work with them to create a body of artwork; and  plan community service projects with local nonprofit organizations. At the end of each semester, participants will design and host a teen-focused event or art exhibition.

Participants can receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of the Studio Project program that can be used for college applications. Many 12th-grade students are able to use this program toward completing their senior level project. Note: This program is unpaid.

Time Commitment

Accepted applicants are expected to commit to the entire semester, which includes:

Weekly meetings on Tuesdays for Fall Semester (Wednesdays for Spring Semester) from 5:30-7pm starting September 14, 2021. Additional work outside of regularly scheduled meetings may be needed to complete art and other program tasks. Over each semester, participants are asked to volunteer a total of 5 hours at BMoCA or Firehouse Art Center or with the nonprofit organization associated with the project. An end-of-semester art event will be held in person at BMoCA. See complete meeting schedule on next page.

How to apply:
Complete the online application here:
Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 3, 5pm.
Virtual interviews with the Program Coordinator will take place September 7–9.
Visit to learn more about the Studio Project.

Please contact Melinda Laz, BMoCA Outreach Education Manager, at [email protected] or 303-443-2122 x105 with any questions.

Thank you to these generous supporters of The Studio Project: Georgie Fund, Anita Sayed, Luff Family Foundation, Studio B Architects, FirstBank, Catherine
Allegra & James Tanner, Laurie & Reid Klion, Karen & Jeffrey Moore, Shears Giving Fund, Chris & Thomas Stanko, and Art Parts Creative Reuse Center. Studio Project Interns with Artist in Residence Erica Day

About Firehouse Art Center

The Firehouse Art Center inspires cultural awareness and human connection by providing life-enhancing experiences through art exhibitions, art education, and cultural events. The Firehouse is a nonprofit art center committed to exhibiting thought-provoking art created by local, regional, and national artists. As Longmont’s leading contemporary art center, the Firehouse presents over a dozen exhibitions each year in its no fee admission gallery and outreach art classes taught at no cost to under-resourced areas of the community.

About BMoCA

The mission of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is to inspire creativity and foster community through contemporary art. As a non-collecting institution, BMoCA presents rotating exhibitions and programs that stimulate active participation in the global dialogue about contemporary art.

The museum annually serves over 100,000 people with 12+ exhibitions and over 500 programs presented for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. BMoCA’s 7 unique education outreach programs engage audiences of all ages with creative and contemporary art experiences with a focus on ensuring participants gain knowledge about the themes and techniques of contemporary art, as well as appreciate their own unique abilities to create art. These free access programs serve over 8,000 people annually.

BMoCA is located at 1750 13th Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. The museum is open11am–5pm Tuesday–Sunday. Admission $2 for adults; free for youth under 12 and BMoCA members. Admission for all is free on Saturdays. / 303.443.2122