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ARTLAB+ is the recipient of the 2014 Smithsonian Innovation in Education Award
ARTLAB+ is a radically inclusive digital media studio for local teens. Our programs give youth access to professional technology and art, connecting them to artist mentors who support teens in building their own creative community. We develop critical thinkers and engaged citizens who have the marketable technological skills needed to lead the next generation of innovators.

ARTLAB+ teens choose their own activities and projects to produce with professional video and photo gear, music and recording equipment, video games and graphic design resources. Inspired by the collection and temporary exhibitions, a staff of artist mentors serve drop-in teens after school, during the academic year and summer. Teens can hangout, plan events, join production teams and learn in workshops. We welcome all teens, 13-19, regardless of experience.

Visit http://artlabplus.si.edu/ for more information.

ARTLAB+ programming is supported by funds from the Smithsonian Institution Youth Access Grants program, the Keith Haring Foundation, the Estate of Frank B. Gettings in memory of Nancy Kirkpatrick and Frank Gettings, and the Goldberg Family Fund, Kathryn Gleason and Timothy Ring, and Aimee and Robert Lehrman. 

The ArtLab was made possible by early support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Pearson Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Hattie M. Strong Foundation and Vivian and Elliott I. Pollock.  The Sidney E. Frank Foundation is gratefully acknowledged for its generous support of ARTLAB+ and other Hirshhorn Museum initiatives.

Watch Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough’s video on ARTLAB+

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