This program features a collection of documentary videos created by participants in The Bronx Museum’s Teen Council and Teen Summer programs. For over 14 years participants in these programs have interviewed artists, activists, and other community anchors to learn how they contribute to the richness of arts and culture in the Bronx and beyond. Through this process teens develop deep, career-enhancing skills and begin to see themselves as agents of change in their immediate communities and the wider world.
About Teen Council
Founded in 2005, Teen Council is an intensive 8-month after-school program for teens. Collaborating with Museum educators, participants gain applied video, audio, and image editing skills by creating zines, short videos, an artist interview and a teen art exhibition each year.
Educators: Edwin Gonzalez, Aida Šehović, Ellie Krakow
About Teen Summer
Since 2012, Teen Summer participants have been researching community-based organizations and their impactful work. Over the course of four weeks, teens engage with activists, administrators, and artists and work collaboratively to create a video and poster publication.
Educators: Edwin Gonzalez, Aida Šehović, Zorica Čolić
Teen Participants: Alyssa Otero, Cristal Rivera, Delarys Ramos, Elijah Harrison, Kalimah Jefferson, Latchmi Gobind, Leo Compres, Nikky Gonzalez, Nikolas Rivera, Raldenys Tolentino, Rossi Martinez, Vanessa Vargas, Aisha Conte, Britney Cruz, Lindsey Guzman, Jennifer Hernandez, Aisha Howie, Neil Jimenez, Aameer Johnson, Daljah Lewis, Valeria Martinez, Andrea Morales, William Perez, Laura Planas, Laura Rodriguez, Victor Valle, Ashley Melendez, Biridiana Diaz, Carlos Vargas, Daniella Torres, Devon Sawyer, Jayla Hazel Niass, Miriday Kenlock, Natalia Ruzzi, Nyrie Irizarry, Ryan Figueroa, Kimbery Rios Castillo, Skyler Clarillo, Torian Clarke, Rashana Cooke, Ariana Flores, Jennifer Hernandez, Marwa Ibrahim, Amari Jones, Briella Mulcare, Alyssia Perez, Ricardo Valdez, Sachet Broadnax, Jacob Ceras, Eddy Gomez Perez, Ixza Gutierrez, Ruth Levia, Abigail Morales, Kevin Moreno
Interview Subjects: John Ahearn, Angel Otero, Cecile Chong, Michael Kamber, Cynthia Rivera, Bianca Farrow, Danny R. Peralta, Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, Bartholomew F. Bland, Laura J. A. De Riggi, Shani Peters, Joseph Cuillier, Shellyne Rodriguez, Amy Khoshbin, Michael Paul Britto, Jennesy Herrera
Teen Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Education and Community Programs are generously supported by Booth Ferris Foundation, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, The Hearst Foundations, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Malka Fund, New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, New York Yankees Foundation, O'Grady Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Council Member Diana Ayala, and Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr.