Each year, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art selects a group of Kansas City-area teens with a passion for the arts to its annual Teen Arts Council. This year, two Lincoln College Preparatory Academy juniors, Anthony Moses, III and Auri Webb, were named to the council.
The Teen Arts Council is a youth development program offering teens the opportunity to work in the local arts community. The council works with museum staff to develop and manage teen programs and plan exhibits for the museum. In addition, students build leadership skills as they train to be a docent, participate in workshops with local artists and host area teens for a monthly “Teen Studio Saturday.”
Moses and Webb helped curate the museum’s new exhibition Flaw(less). The exhibit explores themes of identity, stereotypes and perception across cultures in works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. These works present an opportunity to consider our shared experiences in the ways we present ourselves, how we are perceived and what we may consider to be flaws in our appearance as we are subjected to the gaze of others through generations.
In conjunction with the physical exhibit, the museum launched the digital exhibit Flaw[Less]: Kansas City, featuring work from Kansas City metro area teens including Lincoln Prep artists Kyra Haake, Yennifer Yepez, Julianna Sanchez, Jay Jones, Haret Alvarado, Jose Reyes along with Moses and Webb. The digital exhibition is available on the Kemper Museum app under the Flaw[Less] Exhibition show.
For more information about the Teen Arts Council, visit the Kemper Museum’s website.