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Curating and Creating

NLI Launches New Program for Youth

Dragons and gymnasts recently filled the National Library's Berman Hall as visitors of all ages enjoyed the first ever "Young Curators" Program Exhibition. The program, in collaboration with Musrara: The Naggar School of Art, brought 15 youth to NLI over the summer where they were exposed to its collections and given the opportunity to create a work of art. Each participant chose a topic of interest related to the theme of "Recreation and Leisure" and then worked in mixed media with a student from Musrara and a National Library mentor.
Following an initial application and screening process, program participants came to the Library for a number of meetings with their mentors, learning about the vast resources at their disposal, and ultimately choosing a specific topic to research and utilize as a focus for their projects. The wide range of topics chosen included "Israel's 1970 World Cup Team", "Musical Hits Past and Present", "The Connection Between Jewish Culture and Nobel Prize Winners", "Harry Potter's Dragons", "Israeli Comics", "The Colors of Nature", "Women in Sports", "The Israel National Trail", and more. Participants worked closely with their Musrara mentors to create mixed-and new-media projects as diverse as the topics themselves including animated films, games, and interactive art installations.


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Once the works were completed, they were put on display at the Library with tours of the exhibition offered to the general public. Program participants were on hand to personally explain their artistic and curatorial journeys. The Young Curators Program Pilot is one of a number of initiatives designed to promote collaboration with leading academic and cultural institutions and stimulate engagement with Library collections in innovative and meaningful ways.