This semester students enrolled in the Teaching and Community Arts Internship classes, taught by Patricia Kovic, worked with a range of ACT Community Partners for ten weeks. This mutually beneficial partnership provides the mentoring artist/designer/educator with the eager assistance of the intern in their classroom or studio, while providing the students with an invaluable opportunity to map theoretical learning of their coursework with the realities of art and design education and socially engaged art practices in schools and community settings. On their last day of class, students gave Pecha-Kucha style presentations to their faculty, peers and the Center for Creative Professions staff summarizing their internship experiences.
Cinthia Lozano talked about her internship as the TA for art teacher, Stephen Arnold at ICEF Public School’s Fredrick Douglas Academy High School.
Darienne Hesse shared her experience as Media Arts Teacher, Dain Olsen’s TA at ArtLab High School, part of Sonya Sotomayor Learning Academies in North East LA.
Jillian Fredrick described her roll as an assistant at artworxLA, a non profit aimed at “combating the high school drop out crisis” through engaging arts education and leadership training.
Katy Cowan described her internship as a TA in the educational programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
Marquita Flowers shared her experience assisting with a range of community projects at Watts House Project, “an artist driven neighborhood redevelopment project” in Watts.
Michael Gallegos told us about his internship experience working with Side Street Projects, “a mobile artist-run organization that gives artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavor” located in Pasadena.