CoLab is a collaborative laboratory for youth-led media experiments at Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro, NC. CoLab projects bring together a group of youth and an Elsewhere teaching artist to explore issues of Southern experience and identity, contemporary art concepts, and material culture. Over the course of several weeks, artists share skills and facilitate experiences with youth that build critical thinking capacities and media literacy through project-based workshops and experiments in media production.

CoLab uses Elsewhere’s living museum and local schools as a platform for each project, encouraging a deep engagement with visiting artists, musicians and creatives from around the world. At the end of each CoLab session, youth will create a piece of digital media, a performance or exhibition, website or publication that is presented to peers and local communities as a form of artistic research. Since its launch in 2012, CoLab youth have created field recordings, photographic essays and video works, sculptures from obsolete technology, launched a new digital/print magazine exploring queer southern experience, and choreographed experimental dances for downtown Greensboro. [Download  Infosheet (PDF)]

CoLab Process

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CoLab sessions are typically offered in the Spring (april – may) and Fall (september – october) of each year. We work with youth and intergenerational communities from around the Triad of North Carolina (High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem) and beyond. Projects are led by teaching artists in residence at Elsewhere, often in collaboration with a local K-12 school or community-based group.

If you’d like to get involved or share your talents/skills please contact us at education@goelsewhere.org