2014 marked the launch of the Young Collectors’ Organization. Since then, middle school students have made several visits to New York City galleries, with $200,000.00 (Monopoly money) burning holes in each of their pockets, notepads to record observations, and business cards (with fake names and addresses). Young Collectors learn about contemporary art, as they jot notes on favorite work and approach dealers who seem receptive. After firm handshakes, direct eye contact, and introducing themselves, students inquire about pieces of interest and finally ask to negotiate prices. On each trip, kids’ $100,000.00 or less budgets encourage personal exploration of the business of art. Sometimes overspending occurs (see letter below), which they kids then must explain to the group. Interactions with supportive dealers have turned into extraordinary learning experiences for young art lovers.
Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM
Subject: Thank you!
Dear Name Omitted to Guard Privacy,
I can’t thank you enough for the kindness you showed my students, today. Seven kids will never forget their first IFPDA Print Fair. You made the day a success! When we got on the train, the kids compared notes from the afternoon. They all raved about their visits to your gallery.
At the end of the afternoon, one of the kids apologized for going over her budget by $80,000. When I asked her how that happened, she said that after she spent the allowed $100,000, she found a print that she couldn’t live without. While parents may curse me for having initiated this passion for collecting in their children, I’m thrilled by the kids’ enthusiasm! I hope that they each ask for Scharfs and Harings for Christmas and Hanukkah!
Good luck with the final day of the event!
Rye Middle School Art Teacher
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