October 06, 2020

The J. Paul Getty Museum Launches Unshuttered 3.0

The J. Paul Getty Museum Launches Unshuttered 3.0

In its third year, Getty Unshuttered, a platform and community for teens to share their passion for photography and social justice advocacy, expands its reach nationally and launches a special portal for educators.



LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum launched the third iteration of its popular and award-winning Unshuttered program, with this year’s theme, “In Pursuit of _____.” Inspired by the Declaration of Independence, “In Pursuit of _____” asks teen artists to expand on the fundamental concept of the pursuit of happiness. This prompt encourages them to reflect on their own lives, consider the state of the world, and inspire others to view this time through their unique artistic expression.

“This is an important time to talk about what matters to us most as a community and as a country. Getty Unshuttered 3.0 gives youth the opportunity to establish a national presence on the issues they care about,” says Keishia Gu, head of education at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “At first, images will be shared via the Unshuttered Instagram account, but we plan in the year ahead to find a variety of platforms to showcase the images submitted in support of this year’s theme.”

With the postponement of in-person events, this year’s program will refocus efforts on a set of inspirational challenge videos designed for social media. In the series, five Los Angeles artists tell us what they are in pursuit of — beauty, truth, community — and take us through aspects of their work that express their specific pursuits. These artists directly establish the connection between artistic technique and emotional intent in photography.

New this year is the Getty Unshuttered Educator Portal, a platform for educators to find lesson plans and resources inspired by the program, the Getty collection, and the Unshuttered app. The portal enhances Unshuttered as a classroom or remote learning tool for teachers around the country.

The inaugural lesson plan series is focused on the intersection of social justice advocacy and photography. Through a series of eight lessons, educators are guided through analysis of photographs from the Getty collection and the work of Unshuttered teen photographers. These explorations lay the foundations for helping students understand how photography can inspire, establish, and further social justice. More lesson plans will become available in the academic year ahead.

Getty has also partnered with Amplifier, a design lab that amplifies the voices of grassroots movements, to continue the conversation about what teens are “In Pursuit of______” through a national open call for youth photographers (ages 13 – 19). Learn more about Getty’s partnership with Amplifier here.

Getty Unshuttered has been generously supported by Genesis Inspiration Foundation since its inception in 2017 as part of its commitment to education through the arts.



Valerie Tate

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Getty Communications





Getty is a leading global arts organization committed to the exhibition, conservation, and understanding of the world’s artistic and cultural heritage.  Working collaboratively with partners around the globe, the Getty Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute are all dedicated to the greater understanding of the relationships between the world’s many cultures.  The Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs share art, knowledge, and resources online at and welcome the public for free at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.


The J. Paul Getty Museum collects Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts to 1900, as well as photographs from around the world to the present day. The Museum’s mission is to display and interpret its collections, and present important loan exhibitions and publications for the enjoyment and education of visitors locally and internationally. This is supported by an active program of research, conservation, and public programs that seek to deepen our knowledge of and connection to works of art.

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