ArtLab is sponsored by Land Title Guarantee Company. Locally owned and operated since 1967.

Based on best practices for youth development programs, ArtLab is an innovative year-round, out-of-school program for underserved high school youth that integrates the creative process and arts-based learning with academic, personal, and professional skill development. As an intensive program, we are limited to 16 youth who go through a competitive application and interview process. Youth do not need to have an arts background. This program seeks youth who do not have access to learning through the arts and would benefit from structured immersion in the creative process.

ArtLab intern Applications for Fall 2020 are OPEN; apply HERE

 Deadline to apply is Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 5pm.

For questions please email Lzamora@platteforum.org or Ehernandez@platteforum.org

ArtLab youth are involved in the creation and presentation of major works, mentored by professional artists, and participate in workshops directed by visiting artists. All projects address social issues affecting their generation, which create opportunities to support youth voice. Each endeavor has clear goals and connections to the real world. This propels youth to become active members and catalysts for change in their communities. ArtLab integrates organic and structured activities with respectful interactions among all. Through individual and group struggles, challenges, and obstacles, ArtLab interns learn to work together as a team, communicate, accept differences, and focus on completing a project/goal together. In the end, ArtLab youth create high-quality works of art and experience a sense of accomplishment, pride, and shared purpose.

Artwork by Frankie Toan

ArtLab Cultural Equity Statement
As we acknowledge cultural equity we must first acknowledge and honor that we are on the traditional territory of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) tribal nations. Cultural equity within our community of PlatteForum interns, and staff, resembles a neighborhood. Our neighborhood has their own houses with intersectionalities, but every house has their own stories, their own truth. We as a community value those stories, regardless of age, identity, race, and any of the above. Our community recognizes the privileges of people who make up our community and surround us, but we also do not use our privilege to misrepresent each other. We understand the world around us is a place of systematic oppression and we strive to act in ways that build cultural equity. We empower each other as a neighborhood would: help with our passions – art related or otherwise. We embrace the cultures of others and advocate for them. Ultimately, we value everyone’s experiences and how they’ve played into and will continue to play into our lives. We understand the process of becoming a person in a world of rejection, we value the process as humans and understand our staff. But most importantly we value our community as a whole.

Note: The following Cultural Equity Statement was created by PlatteForum’s ArtLab interns.