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Young Curators of the Roaring Fork

Since 2005, the Aspen Art Museum’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork (YCRF) program has engaged high school students in direct exposure to a collection of world-class exhibitions, artists, and ideas of an accredited contemporary art museum.

Through the course of the six-month program, YCRF interns work directly with the museum’s education and curatorial staff, ultimately building aesthetic valuation, leadership, organizational, and critical-thinking skills.

YCRF interns work together on all aspects of the curatorial process to produce an exhibition of artworks created by their peers.


  1. YCRF Applications Due: October 21, 2016
  2. Internship Meetings*: November 1, 2016–April 18, 2017
  3. Artwork Submissions Due: January 27, 2017
  4. Studio Visits: February 7, 2017
  5. Final Artwork Selection: March 7, 2017
  6. Youth Recovery Center Visit: April 14, 2017
  7. Exhibition Opening: April 15, 2017
  8. Exhibition Duration: April 15–30, 2017

*Most meetings take place from 5–7 p.m., at the Aspen Art Museum in theEducation Workshop, with dinner and public transportation reimbursement provided. YCRF interns are expected to participate in the following meetings:

  1. November 1, 8, 15, & 29
  2. December 6 & 13
  3. January 3, 17, & 31
  4. February 7, 14, & 28
  5. March 7 & 14
  6. April 4, 11, & 18

Application for Young Curators

Please download and return this form and essay to by 5 p.m., October 21. For more information, contact Annie Henninger, Education Program Manager, at 970.925.8050.

Open Call for Artists

Do you have an artwork that represents your voice? Could you make one?

The Young Curators of the Roaring Fork are seeking artworks in any medium made by high school students in our community. To submit, please complete this form and send with one digital image of your work by January 27, 2017 to Morgan Lee, Education Coordinator:

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.