Event: Opening Reception of The Contemporary Austin’s Teen Artist + Mentor Program, 7/10

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Celebrate the culminating exhibition of collaborative work by ten teen artist and local professional artist pairs at the Opening Reception of Special Blend, an initiative of The Contemporary’s Teen Artist + Mentor Program. During this multigenerational, seven-month creative experience, the mentors forge direct connections between the young artists and the Austin cultural community; sharing creative ideas and goals with the teens, acting as soundboards for innovative problem solving, and encouraging accountability to themselves and the community at large.

The event takes place on Friday, July 10th from 7-9pm at Pump Project (702 Shady Lane). Music will be provided by teen program alumnus, DJ Traparella, with food and drinks sponsored by Maine Root, Tiff’s Treats, KIND, Mom & Pops, and mmmpanadas. RSVP to the event here.

Special Blend is on view July 11 through August 15, 2015 at Pump Project. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon until 5pm, and by appointment at pumpproject.org.

2015 Teen Artists + Mentors

Naomi Angeles + Lauren Moya FordAdvertisementBrenna Dwyer + Heather Parrish
Anna’Elise Estrada + Betelhem Makonnen
Julia Fabela + Lindsay Hutchens
Supreme Hinton + Frank Wick
Noelle Kendziora + Chantelle Rodriguez
Eric Moe + Jonas Criscoe
Allie Novess + Calder Kamin
Oddalys Sanchez + Lisette Chavez
Jesus Trejo + James Huizar


The Teen Artist + Mentor Program at The Contemporary Austin began in 2010 as an extension of the museum’s introductory teen arts program, Young Artists. Both initiatives were founded out of a commitment to provide opportunities to young students from diverse backgrounds who may not have access to arts resources. Over the program’s seven-month period, each teen is partnered with an artist-mentor with whom they regularly meet for conversation and collaboration in a variety of locations such as creative venues around Austin or the artist’s own studio. The Contemporary Austin supports both parties by providing a stipend to the artist-mentor, and all materials to the student.

About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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