Published on March 10, 2014
Aimee M. Espiritu, M. Ed. Children’s Creativity Museum Youth Programs and Community Arts Manager For the past 4 years, Aimee has overseen the C.I.T.Y. (Creative Inspiration Through Youth) Teen Internship Program at the Children’s Creativity Museum. CCM serves an annual audience of approximately 90,000. In addition, she assisted in the design of the newest 1st floor experiences and updated programs during the institution’s transformation from Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum towards the Children’s Creativity Museum rebrand in October of 2011. Among the notable programs is the Summer Studio Series, which provides C.I.T.Y. Teen Interns an opportunity to nurture their own creative confidence by working with various local Community Artists. “My hope is to empower youth to recognize their ability to gain significant life-long leadership skills through creative hands-on experiences and individual social transformation.”
Children’s Creativity Museum San Francisco, CA The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. Our mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. We believe that the ability to think critically, collaborate broadly, communicate effectively and generate and prototype multiple solutions, is the core of a 21st-century education. We envision a world where creativity, collaboration and communication inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. We believe that the success of the next generation will hinge not only on what they know, but also on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.
C.I.T.Y. Teen Program, Class of 2013
Youth Innovators Workshop Introduction > > > The greater San Francisco Bay Area has a vibrant and active digital media artist community, which is exploring innovative new approaches to art-making that incorporate technology and digital media. Now more than ever, the use of digital tools and technology for creative work makes artistic creation accessible for youth.
Youth Innovators Workshop Purpose > > > Building on our popular Featured Innovators workshop model, CCM proposed to launch a bi- weekly workshop series in which the museum will bring in community media artists to lead 1.5 to 2-hour weekend workshops for our 90K annual visitors. Community media artists will teach youth the basics of their creative medium and then lead them in creating an original digital / technology art project using that medium.
Youth Innovators Workshop Goals > > > PARTNERSHIPS Collaborate with local digital media artists and creatives in working with at least 1,000 San Francisco Bay Area youth to produce their own original digital media art and technology-based projects. Youth will be able to create projects such as drawings using SpinBots, 3D printing, wearable art, and Instagram-based digital art.
Youth Innovators Workshop Goals > > > ENGAGEMENT The proposed workshop series intends to expose our Bay Area audience to the region’s diverse media artist community. As the only museum of the 13 in our downtown San Francisco cultural district targeting youth, we have a unique opportunity to engage the next generation of museumgoers and artists through this project.
Youth Innovators Workshop Goals > > > LEARNING Hands-on workshops led by participating artists will equip youth with basic proficiency in the artists’ creative processes. The focus will be on artists providing youth with knowledge and inspiration to continue pursuing art or technology mediums beyond the workshop.
LIVABILITY The San Francisco Bay Area’s proximity to Silicon Valley and the presence of many technology start-ups, positions the region’s digital media artists to transform how youth and families think about art in a digital economy. Observing and documenting the interactions between artists and young visitors will help inform future digital art programming at the museum. Youth Innovators Workshop Goals > > >
Youth Innovators Workshop Audience Learning Outcomes > > > Collaborate to create a solution to a unique challenge Encourage creative problem solving Introduce students to working with constraints Basic understanding of design thinking process Understand the rules of brainstorming Effectively communicate ideas
Summer Studio Series Introduction > > > Summer Studios allow local Community Teaching Artists to collaborate closely with our C.I.T.Y. Teen Interns to nurture their own creative confidence. Teens participate in hands-on workshops that they would not otherwise have specific access to. 1-day, 2-day or 3-day intensives cultivate teens’ existing talents, expose them to new skills, while also exposing their interests in various creative industries.
Summer Studio Series Purpose > > > Building on our popular Cloud Gallery and DIY Studio Featured Community Artist model, CCM proposed to launch a Summer Studio Series in which the museum hires local Teaching Artists to lead 3 to 6-hour intensive workshops for our 50 C.I.T.Y. Teen Interns. Community Teaching artists will teach C.I.T.Y. Teen Interns the basics of their creative medium and then lead them in creating an original art project using that medium.
Paper Making + Book Binding with Whitney Sharpe & Sarah Howeter // June 12 & 14, 2013 Summer Studio Series Partnerships: Community Artists > > >
Woven Mural: A Street Art and Aesthetic Intervention Project by Indira Allegra // July 16 & 18, 2013 Summer Studio Series Partnerships: Community Artists > > >
Graphics + Design by Callen Zimmerman & Marisa Prefer // July 25-26, 2013 Summer Studio Series Partnerships: Community Artists > > >
Summer Studio Series Improvisational Theater by Dave Garrett // June 18 & 19, 2013 Urban Sketching by Jane Lin // June 24 & 26, 2013 Music Production: Making the Band by Russell Butler // July 23-25, 2013 DIY Fashion by Whitney Sharpe & Morgan Brown // July 11 & 12, 2013 DJing, Beat making, & Turntablism by Today’s Future Sound // July 29-31, 2013 Hip Hop Dance with Rene Ly // August 1, 2013 Welcome to the Darkside: Traditional Street Photography by Brian Z. Shapiro // August 3, 10, & 17, 2013 Partnerships: Community Artists > > >
Summer Studio Series Learning Outcomes for Teens > > > Understand how to effectively make paper then create a hand bound book by exploring two types of binding Understand the basics of improvisational acting and storytelling while developing the confidence to take the stage and create a narrative out of thin air Observe and draw their journey by sketching the buildings, people, and environments in the field Creatively guide teens to understand the construction and deconstruction of a garment or personal accessory focusing on embellishment and alterations
Summer Studio Series Learning Outcomes for Teens > > > Obtain basic weaving terminology, plain weave and traditional tapestry techniques used globally to create vivid images with textiles Two groups, songwriting and production, collaborated on creating a unique composition and audio recording by learning basic sound design skills Ability to create a public work of art accessible by all and experiment with a variety of mediums to create a mural Shoot photographs on film and print in a darkroom in order to learn traditional techniques
Mobile Museum Program Introduction > > > As part of our commitment to provide high quality arts and technology experiences for young people who aren’t able to access the museum, CCM has created a mobile museum program for children ages 8-12 living in San Francisco’s most underserved communities. CCM developed and prototyped a stop-motion clay animation pop-up experience that is aligned with and expands the core offering in the CCM Animation Studio.
Mobile Museum Program Purpose > > > The Mobile Museum teaches program participants the art of clay animation through a series of eight 90-minute or 2-hour workshops. CCM selected 5 after-school sites and 6 SF Public Libraries to offer the Mobile Museum Program. Taking this experience on the road allows CCM to continue serving a wide range of after-school groups and prioritize neighborhood library branches within the boundaries of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Mobile Museum Program Goals > > > PARTNERSHIPS: Neighborhood Community Centers Central YMCA After School Programs, Tenderloin Jamestown Community Center at Cesar Chavez Elementary, Mission Embarcadero YMCA After School Programs at Bessie Carmichael Elementary, South of Market African American Art and Culture Complex, Western Addition BVHP YMCA, Bayview-Hunters Point
Mobile Museum Program Goals > > > PARTNERSHIPS: San Francisco Public Library Excelsior Branch Library Visitacion Valley Branch Library Bernal Heights Branch Library Chinatown Branch Library Main Branch Library Bayview Branch Library
Mobile Museum Program Learning Outcomes > > > Students will start thinking about movement over time Familiarity with iStopmotion; beginning object manipulation, learning to use known objects in new ways Story development / Idea generation Storytelling abilities, ability to plan out a production Animation production techniques Understand the steps involved to take a film from concept to production
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