Installation view, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019–2020. Photo by Jessie Magyar.
A multidisciplinary arts engagement program for 7th- through 12th-grade students, WallTalk encourages close observation, open discussion, and individual connections to contemporary art through visual art, writing, and performance. Working closely with teaching artists, students participate in multiple museum and classroom visits over the course of a school year in which they observe, question, interpret, and respond creatively and critically to the art of our time.
The WallTalk Reading Jam brings together participants from multiple schools, creating an opportunity to share their work with their peers. The event provides students a public forum and live audience to exercise their public speaking and presentation abilities.
Each year, we create a publication to document our process and showcase student work. Download the 2019–2020 publication
Lead support for Teen Programs provided by Wagner Foundation.
WallTalk is supported, in part, by the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund.
Additional support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; The Corkin Family; the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation; the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; Vertex; the Cabot Family Charitable Trust; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; The Willow Tree Fund; the Robert Lehman Foundation; the Jean Gaulin Foundation; BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors; and Santander.
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