Presented by ARAS Archive
ARAS Education Project presents the ARAS Pioneer Teens program which is a free two-week summer intensive for New York City teens that fosters innovation, collaboration and creativity through the study of art, myths and symbols, as well as art making. The teens learn to utilize the rich resources of New York City by attending fieldtrips to libraries, museums, galleries and artists’ studios. The participants then create original art work in response to the rich history of a specific symbol of their choice. At the end of the program, the students are given the opportunity to present their work and the research behind it at a celebratory show and reception. Based on the wild success of last year’s program, we would like to continue and further develop Pioneer Teens in 2015.
Additionally, this project will sustain our ARAS Teen Internship Program that we hold during the school year. This program offers an in-depth study of art, art history and symbolism in a cross-cultural context, as well as the practical experience of working in a cultural heritage institution.
One of ARAS’ missions is to bring the excitement and understanding that comes from exploring symbols to a younger audience so it is important to us to keep these programs going in 2015! This program is designed to attract teens from different cultural backgrounds. At ARAS they will have the opportunity to explore and learn more in depth about their own heritage, as well as others’, through research, collaboration and presentations during the program. Learning about the rich history of creative human expression will also inspire the teens to explore personal interpretations of universal symbols, their historical significance and how they may differ in various cultures. We hope you will join us in making this happen!
Drawing upon Carl Gustav Jung’s work on the archetype and the collective unconscious, the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human experience. The collection of 17,000 photographic images, accompanied by commentary on their cultural and historical context, probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections of all life.