Opening high school students to the professional world of art and design, this month-long program, is punctuated with artist talks, gallery and museum visits.
The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) will be starting its tenth season beginning July 7, 2013 and ending August 3, 2013. The program has steadily grown since 2004, when the pilot year hosted 14 students. A world-class international residency program for high school juniors and seniors who wish to learn more about the professional world of art and design, YAR hosted 79 students from 22 states and 8 countries last summer. The students are fully integrated into courses that enroll commuter students, and they share the common bond of being ‘the art kid’ in their high school programs. The YAR program gives students a firsthand college experience so that they can be better prepared for college, from residential life and managing a schedule and course load, to staying healthy and having fun.Following is an interview with Tirzah Maroun, who participated in the 2012 YAR program, and her mother Stephanie Maroun.What kind of transformation, if any, did you observe in your daughter as a result of her participation in the YAR Program?Stephanie Maroun: During Tirzah’s month in the YAR Program last summer, she transitioned from a high school student who loves art to a young adult who understands what it will mean to pursue art at the college level. Tirzah learned that no matter how talented one is or even if an artist’s self-expression is unique, there are academic building blocks to master from producing a color wheel to figure drawing. She came away with a much more mature appreciation for skill-building and craft.Did you get any feedback from her art teachers when she returned to school in the fall?Stephanie Maroun: As a high school senior this past fall, Tirzah’s sophistication in her art work was clearly apparent to her new teachers. She was immediately offered a position as a Teaching Assistant in ceramics not only because of her inherent talent but also because of the positive impact of excellent teaching in the YAR Program. Tirzah internalized the mentoring she receiving in the YAR Program and demonstrated keen leadership in the classroom.Is there anything else you would like to add about your daughter's experience with the YAR Program?Stephanie Maroun: Tirzah’s transition to college will be much smoother because of her experience in the YAR Program. From the responsibility of living in a dorm to conferencing with instructors on her own, Tirzah benefited enormously from both an age-appropriate introduction to college life and as well as an exciting glimpse into studying art at the university level.How did the YAR Program help your understanding of careers in art and design?Tirzah Maroun: Well, part of what helped my understanding was the class I took on becoming an art teacher. My teacher was extremely helpful and creative and she let me and my classmates take turns teaching the class about things we thought were interesting or fun. I was also encouraged by just watching my other teachers and asking them questions about art & design careers. While I was at the YAR program, I figured out that if you want make a living by simply being an artist, a lot of what goes into that isn't only just your artistic talent and innovation but business and finance savvy, and people skills as well. Knowing this prepared me to pick up business, finance, and people skills this year, as well as improve my artwork outside of school. If I hadn't gone to YAR this past summer, I might have found out this aspect of the art world too late. In particular, what aspects of the YAR Program helped you to further your understanding?Tirzah Maroun: I think it was mainly that it was so easy to talk to teachers, counselors and peers alike.Did you find the YAR Program helped you in clarifying your goals for college and beyond?Tirzah Maroun: Definitely. Actually, I ended up choosing to attend the College of Art and Design this coming autumn! But while I was at YAR, I felt that the classes I was taking were helping to strengthen my portfolio. I also began to feel confident enough, thanks to the program helping me hone my artistic abilities, to apply to a wide range of liberal arts and art colleges all over the east coast. During YAR, I was also given very clear insight into what I might like to do after college, and this is to become an art teacher and an artist. I was very inspired by my classes and the artists who taught them. YAR couldn't have helped me more in clarifying my future goals.What was the most valuable part of your experience?Tirzah Maroun: Besides being able to work with some of the best teachers I've ever had, it was being surrounded by like-minded people my own age. I love meeting new people, so being able to talk, study and just generally spend time with other young artists like myself was priceless. I hadn't had that experience of feeling so at home and comfortable up until I went to YAR. It was also fantastic to experience and look at Boston/Cambridge in a new light, through the eyes of the friends I made.Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with the YAR Program?Tirzah Maroun: Being in the middle of Cambridge, surrounded by the museums and galleries, was absolutely amazing. I loved every second of it and I'd do it all again if I could. I also thought that the counselors and staff were awesome.
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Arrival: July 7, 2013Classes Begin: July 8, 2013Classes End: August 2, 2013Art Exhibition: August 2, 2013 (6-8 pm)Departure: August 3, 2013
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