Youth Education Program


Designed by 500 Capp Street Artist Guides with educator Amy Berk, the youth education curriculum fosters hands-on experiences and introduces concepts in very accessible terms. Expanding on the artist-driven initiatives of 500 Capp Street, teaching artists are invited to create their own curriculum for workshops built around experimentation, interpretation, and community. The curriculum is creative, accessible, off-beat, and uniquely positioned as an exploration of the work of David Ireland and conceptual art in general. Participatory in nature, educational workshops embrace everyone having the capacity to be an artist, a core philosophy of David Ireland.

David Ireland did not take himself too seriously, and his sense of humor provides a crucial access point for young artists to learn that art can be a portal to what’s possible and imaginable. The curriculum itself is intended as an evolving document built around core concepts and signature lesson plans. For something as abstract as conceptual art, performance, and interpretation, our workshops by design result in a concrete expression, object, experience, and memory. 


Since 2022, 500 Capp Street issues open calls to local high school students each year to apply for summer internship opportunities through City Studio’s program, Artivate. Four to five week long internships for 2-3 selected interns will be composed of three 4-hour shifts per week, working at the David Ireland House under the guidance of the art and education staff. Summer internships will culminate in an event open to the public where, in the collaborative, artist-driven spirit of 500 Capp Street, interns are invited to select roles for themselves and help develop the event. 

Artivate: Our Food, My Work, Our Land/Recipes of Resilience

Artists in Conversation: Amy Berk and Georgia Horgan