Mariana Parisca, currently a Story Stitchers Collective Artist-in-Residence, will be leading the upcoming workshop series entitled, Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age Portfolio Series. The project will be a continuation of the Youth Art & Writing Contest for which St. Louis youth in grades 5-12 submitted creative writing and visual art about coming of age in St. Louis.
Mariana Parisca is an accomplished artist and an alumna of Washington University, BFA’15. She is currently employed at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, working in Office of Admissions and also as artistic director at Tech Artista in the Central West End.
Through a series of workshops the program Mariana is developing aims to encourage St. Louis youth to create, express, think critically about relevant social matters, and to share and learn technical skills such as writing, editing, photography, collage, and more. Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age in St. Louis will consist of six to eight workshops developed by selected artists, writers and scholars. The program will culminate in the publication of an artist portfolio containing donated works from the professional artists as well as artwork created by the teens in response to the workshops.
Workshops will take place on Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 and will begin with a visit to the Special Collections at Olin Library on the campus of Washington University to look at artist books with a Story Stitchers favorite, Buzz Spector, on Saturday, August 8th at 1:30PM.
Teenagers are currently being accepted for workshop series participation through membership in the year-round Stitchers Teen Council program or as an award-winning honoree in the 2015 Youth Art and Writing Contest. Applications are now open for Stitchers Teen Council. Space is limited.
Curating Teen Voices is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission.