Art Center of the Bluegrass to open applications for NEW Youth Advisory Council

The Art Center of the Bluegrass is starting a new initiative to partner with and empower local youth in leadership opportunities focusing on arts advocacy and engagement. 

The Council will consist of 20 middle school, high school, and college students, selected through an application process.  Students will meet monthly and bring a diverse perspective to the Art Center while creating leadership opportunities for our youth members. In partnership with the Art Center, the Council will engage with programming, communication, and outreach.

A strong candidate is interested in the arts, a creative thinker, comfortable talking to people, good working in a group, able to articulate ideas, happy doing work, and is accepting of all people. Students do not need to be artists to be a good fit for this work. We expect that students on the Council will be active members; there will be opportunities for additional work and engagement outside of the monthly meetings.

Some examples of the activities the Council Members will be involved in include volunteering at Art Center events, taking over the Art Center social media for a day, helping create posters for special events, learning alongside regional leaders, taking art field trips, providing ideas and feedback to the Art Center, and serving as an ambassador for the Art Center. Members will also guide the activities for which they are interested.  

Candidates will be selected through an application process which will be open September 30 until November 11. Applications will be available on our website and will consist of 2-3 short essay questions about the applicant’s interest in the Art Center of the Bluegrass and the Youth Advisory Council. A teacher recommendation letter is required. Following application, candidates will attend a short interview.

For more information, including an FAQ about the Youth Advisory Council & to access the application on or after September 30th, visit the Art Center of the Bluegrass website at artcenterky.org/youth-advisory-council.

Contact Suzanne Farmer for specific questions at YouthAdvisoryCouncil@artcenterky.org or contact Niki Kinkade at Niki@artcenterky.org