Visions Teen Program

SMoCA’s Visions program, now in its 17th year, brings together approximately 40 high school art students from the diverse Phoenix metropolitan-area for a year-long series of activities designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration and civic engagement. The program was founded in 1999 and is based on a strong community partnership between the Museum and participating schools that represent economically, ethnically and culturally diverse communities.

Six schools are invited to participate in the program and students are chosen by their visual art teachers at the start of the school year. During the course of the year, participating students, teachers and professional guest artists and speakers work side-by-side in workshops, lectures and discussions. On occasion, students have the opportunity to interact with prominent visiting artists from around the world. Visions increases students’ understanding of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design and fosters cultural diversity, teamwork and interpersonal communication.

Every summer, Visions students’ artwork is displayed in the Young@Art Gallery in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This culminating annual exhibition displays artworks that are responses to ideas gleaned from the artists that the students learned from during the program year. As guests explore the artwork and read the artists’ statements, they will stop to see the world anew through the eyes of these bright, young artists.

The teachers who are participating in Visions 2016-17 are: Kathy Anderson, Desert Mountain High School (sculpture); Cecily Cano, Central High School (photography); Erik Erspamer and Megan McRae, South Mountain High School (sculpture); Kyllan Maney, New School for Arts and Academics (painting); Michelle Peacock, Saguaro High School (painting); and Vivian Spiegelman, South Mountain High School (photography).

Artists who are working with Visions 2016-17 students include: Sama Alshaibi, Kristin Bauer, Alexis Bowers, Christine Cassano, Anne Coe, Turner Davis, Sean Deckert, Ingrid Donaldson, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Brooke Grucella, Cindy Iverson, Mark Klett, Carolyn Lavender, William Legoullon, Buzzy Sullivan, Christina Kemp Sullivan, Novie Trump and Kathleen Velo.