Artists in Education
Southern Exposure's nationally recognized Artists in Education (AIE) program brings together diverse youth, artists, schools and organizations in a dynamic series of interactions, experiences, conversations and collaborations.
AIE offers youth enriching opportunities for critical, artistic, vocational and cultural experiences beyond the traditional school and home environment. It also presents professional teaching opportunities for local emerging artists, enabling them to become arts educators and extend their practice into the community.
Sparking a dialog on contemporary artistic practice and sociopolitical issues, AIE illustrates the role of artists in society and uses the conceptual underpinnings of SoEx's exhibition programs to provide new means of expression for youth. Each year, Southern Exposure works with more than 150 youth artists between the ages of 12 and 21 and employs more than 20 teaching artists. In an age of decreased art-centered curricula in public schools and a lack of positive, creative outlets for youth, AIE fills a crucial need in the community.