Over the summer, renovations at the Sculpture Garden of the Hirshhorn Museum resulted in the creation of ARTLAB+, a free after school and weekend community center for teens. Below is an explanation of what ARTLAB+ does, from their website:
What is the ArtLab?
- A community center outfitted with digital media tools located in the Sculpture Garden of the Hirshhorn Museum
- A drop-in zone for DC area teens to come after school and on the weekend
- A place to experiment with visual and audio technology
- An online space to communicate with other ARTLAB+ teens through a social network
- A resource to meet and work with artist mentors
- A network of interest-based clubs where teens can plan social events
- A studio where teens form production teams and create media projects
- A classroom hosting short and long-term workshops for teens and school groupsWhat do teens in ARTLAB+ programs do?
- Hang out with other like-minded peers
- Form clubs with teens who share similar interests
- Create production teams and take on their own projects
- Learn the media skills they want to learn from mentors and experts
- Design and compose videos, animations, websites, games, podcasts, and more
- Visit the Hirshhorn and other Smithsonian museums for research and inspiration
- Make unique products for use by Hirshhorn Museum visitors
- Give back to local communities by voicing their opinions on important district and regional issues
ARTLAB+ programs include advance registration workshops (a new one called Art Breakers is starting on November 15 and registration is now open) and club meetings that unite teens who share common interests in gaming, radio broadcasting, photography, or music. Also, teens can simply drop in and explore, hang out, work with mentors on digital projects, etc. during open hours: Mon.-Fri. from 3 to 7 pm, and Sat. from noon to 5 pm. The Hirshhorn is located at 7th Street and Independence Avenue.