Art and Culture Enterprise, or ACE, is a competitive high school program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland that connects select students from Cleveland School of the Arts and Cleveland School of Architecture and Design at John Hay with contemporary artists, curators, designers, architects, and museum professionals. Through bi-monthly daytime meetings and workshops at MOCA Cleveland, students will create new art and design works that will be exhibited at the museum. The team also will design public programs for their peers at MOCA Cleveland during the course of the school year. 
ACE gives students exclusive access to MOCA Cleveland and its artists, artworks, staff, building, and community over the course of the academic year. From developing teen tours and social events to creating, mounting, and promoting an exhibition of their own work, ACE's students will develop important artistic and professional skills in art, design, writing, and museum management through this program.
Among the artists with whom ACE's students will engage in talks and hands-on art workshops are:
Medium: Sculpture, Painting, and Performance Art
From: Lynchberg, VA
Kevin Beasley explores perceptions of space and constant negotiations with our own identities. ACE students will assist Beasley will a performance in September 2013.
Medium: Sculpture, Photography, and Performance Art
From: Baltimore, MD
For her solo exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, VanDerBeek will be engaged to create a new body of work that relates to Cleveland, connecting the Museum to the city in a way that will involve viewers in contemplation and re-envisioning of their surroundings.
Medium: Videography, Performance Art, and Music
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Ciocci draws from early MTV culture to create high energy new media montages. He is collaborating with Norton Furniture to create two new commercials that will be on view in the Cohen Video Gallery.
Medium: Painting
From: Oak Park, IL
Grabner's paintings, video works, and sculptures, investigate concepts of work, labor, and the aesthetics and social-dynamics of the domestic sphere. A recreation of The Suburban Gallery, which she runs in Oak Park, IL, will also be part of the exhibition and feature four artists: Mike Smith, Karl Haendel, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, and Amanda Ross-Ho.
ACE students will have access to additional artists involved in MOCA exhibitions, along with local designers and architects related to MOCA’s new building project and programs. Students will meet and discuss these individuals’ work to better understand the diverse, dynamic creative world that exists inside and beyond Cleveland. ACE students will use these experiences to inform and influence the programs and artworks they then create and show at MOCA Cleveland. 
If selected to participate, you can expect the following benefits from this program:
  • An exhibition including your art or design works at MOCA
  • The ability to design and produce public programs at the museum
  • Private tours, talks, and workshops with contemporary artists whose work is at MOCA
  • Discussions with architects and designers who helped create the MOCA building
  • Experiences you can use to enhance college and professional applications
  • The opportunity to learn more about how museums work
  • Possible credit toward specific courses or Senior Projects (if applicable)
The program is open to students enrolled at Cleveland School of Architecture and Design at John Hay or Cleveland School of the Arts who will be entering their junior year in August. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is preferred by not required. A current transcript is required for application. Selected students and their parents will review and sign a commitment form that outlines the expectations for their participation.
Applications for this cycle are now closed.