Visitors to the Young Artist Apprenticeship Program (YAAP) Exhibition: New Era Buccatini:), March 23-April 6, are introduced to the artworks of a new generation of artists. This spring’s Young Artist Apprenticeship Program (YAAP) exhibition celebrates the achievements of talented students from Austin High School, Cesar Chavez High School, and Eastwood Academy and marks the completion of the first academic year that the program and exhibition have been housed in the newly-renovated museum’s Saleri Studio. Student apprentices worked under the guidance ofTommy Gregory and Lindsey Slavin.
Since 1998, Blaffer’s YAAP has developed the creative abilities of teenagers from Houston Independent School District high schools. For six weeks each spring and fall, the class meets after school and students make art. Student apprentices were exposed to the resources of a world-class museum and university as they built their portfolios. YAAP gives students the opportunity to become active contributors to the museum and university cultural life. As participants completed increasingly complex projects, students learned critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program culminates in an exhibition, and a Martha Meier Memorial Scholarship is awarded.