Failure Lab

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What is Failure Lab?

Failure Lab is a yearlong internship that gives high school interns the opportunity to learn through failure, play, experimentation, and art creation. The fall semester is dedicated to working alongside an artist in the Denver metro area to produce an exhibition of work inspired by the guest artist’s compositional knowledge and the youth’s collective vision. The spring semester revolves around planning and developing an exhibition curated by the teens as they learn from museum personnel in various departments. Rather than focusing on achievement, Failure Lab is dedicated to developing creativity and building community, becoming a place where the risk of failure is always a possibility.

The program runs concurrently with the school year. Meetings are held weekly at the museum on Wednesdays from 4–6PM. Students in Failure Lab earn up to $300/semester for their participation.

Past Failure Lab Exhibitions

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