Teens: Explainers, Jr. Curators and Tour Assistants

Imagine you are enjoying an exhibit at a museum, but you would like to learn more from a real person. Also, you would like to actually touch objects to make your sensory experience complete. Enter the Museum Explainers!

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Explainers at The Corning Museum of Glass are high school and college students who interact with Museum guests. They teach visitors about the art, history, science, and technology of glass via themed educational carts and youth tours in the galleries during the summer. If you happen to be in the Ancient Gallery, for instance, and you’d like to learn more about ancient glass techniques, visit the Explainer cart located there. The cart includes examples of glass made via key ancient techniques. The Explainer can give you details about these processes in a fun and educational way.

Summer youth tours wouldn’t happen without our collection of Explainers. These young adults lead youth tours through the galleries, play gallery games, and go to Hot Glass Show demonstrations.

Other programs for teens at the Museum include a Junior Curator after-school program for middle school and high school students. Junior Curators get a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum and also curate their own exhibit.

New this year is the Tour Assistant program for 14 to 16 year-olds who are interested in eventually becoming a Museum Explainer and are willing to volunteer their time as they train.

Teens interested in becoming a Museum Explainer or learning about other programs can attend our free informational Fire Up Your Future event on January 7 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., in The Studio Lecture Room. Our special guest will be Denise Stillwaggon Leone, an artist who works with architectural, sandblasted, sculptural and painted glass. RSVP at [email protected] or 607.937.5371.

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