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MoMA offers safe creative space for LGBTQ teens and their allies

Monday 30 January 2017
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New York’s Museum of Modern Art has launched a free programme to encourage LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies to get creative, providing the space to “Make Art. Meet People. Explore Ideas. Be Yourself.” According to MoMA’s announcement, Open Art Space will be “a relaxed weekly drop-in program for LGBTQ high school students who are interested in thinking about, and creating, art in a relaxed and welcoming environment.” Free food, drinks, and MetroCards will also be provided each week.

Two artists have facilitated the project, offering guided walks around the MoMA galleries and encouraging collaborative projects based around painting, sculpture, photography among other forms. However, they will organise the weekly event around the interests of the participants, with students being given free reign to create whatever kind of art they want. The programme comes at a key time, with President Trump being intolerant towards LGBTQ communities and wanting to defund the National Endowment for the Arts. These projects are therefore are in supporting creative LGBTQ individuals and communities. No previous art-making experience is needed and anyone who is high school age is welcome to attend.

The next session will be at 4:30pm, Thursday 2nd February at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. Visit the website for more details.