New Teen Room at BBCW
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 9, 2018
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is hoping to increase interest in their facility by inviting local teenagers to hang out there.
Emily Buckles, the Center’s Interpretive Specialist and Natural Science Educator, says that last spring, they formed a Youth Advisory Board, comprised of a group of local high school students who were committed to increasing teen interest in the Center.
The Advisory Board, represented by Cody High School students Colton Manchester and Brynja Stalcup, first proposed the teen room idea in July, suggesting the Center create a space where Big Horn Basin high schoolers could eat lunch, do homework, use computers, relax with friends, study, and enjoy both low tech and high tech games—all surrounded by the treasures of the Center of the West collections.
Buckles says the group has proposed several ideas to enhance the visitor experience for teens—and for all guests—and so far, has implemented a scavenger for each of the Center’s galleries and created the special Teen Room, across from the cafeteria.
Buckles adds that the Center is inviting Park County high school students to submit artwork to enhance the Center’s new Teen Room. Submissions are due November 19 and should reflect the theme, “What does Wyoming mean to me?” Selected works will hang in the Teen Room from December of 2018 through May of 2019.
(L-R) , Paige Martinez, Daniel Deming, Julia Cook, Carter Schutzman, Colton Manchester, Logan Schutzman, and Jasper Crofts