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Teens create prints that tell stories of culture and society

NASHVILLE, TENN.—(Jan. 5, 2007)— The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Contemporary Cultures: Prints by Antioch High School Students, an exhibition on view in the Conte Community Arts Gallery. The exhibition, featuring recent prints by 15 students, opens Jan. 12 and will continue through May 6, 2007. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In anticipation of the Frist Center’s upcoming exhibition Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920–1950, opening February 2, 2007, 15 Antioch High School students participated in an after-school printmaking program. In the fall 2006, students—selected through an application process—attended workshops and worked with professional artists to learn printmaking techniques. In the process, students developed a greater understanding of Mexican history, heritage and artists, and expressed their ideas about culture and contemporary society through their own prints and essays. After creating a series of prints that reflect their ideas, participants selected their best works for this exhibition.

“Teenagers need multiple opportunities to explore culture, examine their own beliefs and values, and express their ideas in positive and constructive ways,” says Susie Elder, Outreach Educator at the Frist Center. “These dedicated students participated in several after-school workshops, and the rich prints they produced for this exhibition convey their ideas with the clarity of purpose they share with the Mexican printmakers of an earlier generation.”

Contemporary Cultures: Prints by Antioch High School Students is one of the current activities of the Hispanic Outreach Project for Education (HOPE Project), launched by the Frist Center and funded by a Museums for America grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant supports the enhancing and sustaining
of the Frist Center’s relationship with the Hispanic community. Other HOPE activities are a Family Day for the community and multiple visit programs to community organizations.

HOPE Project Advisory group

The HOPE Project Advisory group is composed of community members representing the Hispanic community and organizations that serve the Hispanic community, including: Antioch High School Leadership Development, Catholic Charities, Connexion Americas, Girl Scouts of Cumberland Valley, Global Education Center, Hispanic Link Consulting, Inclusive Communications, Mayor’s Office of Children and Youth, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Parks and Recreation, Millennium Marketing, Nashville Public Library, The Salvation Army – Hispanic Corps, Woodbine Community Center, YMCA Hispanic Achievers and local artists.

About Museums for America program

Museums for America is the IMLS’s largest grant program for museums, providing more than $17 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society to sustain cultural heritage, to support lifelong learning; and to be centers of community engagement. Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

About the Frist Center

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, U.S. and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features over 30 interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and under and to Frist Center members. Frist Center admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and military, and $6.50 for college students with ID. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling (615) 744-3246. The Frist Center is open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or by visiting our Web site at

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