Three Visual Art Students from The Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), will be spending more time this spring at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Seniors, Angela Bac and Tamara Mosher, and Junior, Azalie Welsh, were selected to serve as a LACMA Intern for a year-long paid internship program at one of the top museums in Los Angeles. Throughout the months of March and April, all three AVPA art students will be touring the Latin American Art galleries for students in grades 5-12. Students will view artworks and consider the influences, design, materials, and techniques used by the artists. The tours involve inquiry-based discussion and art-making activities incorporated into the experience. Each tour is designed and researched by LACMA Interns for an exclusive tour. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Internship Program is highly selective and competitive. This year, interns were chosen from 11 high schools from Orange County throughout Los Angeles County. Each student who applies for the program must be interviewed for a chance to work at a professional museum.
On Thursday, March 17th, LACMA interns will be conducting tours for other AVPA art students along with Advanced Placement Spanish teacher, Bryan Sullivan. The Latin American galleries are rich in culture and artifacts. Azalie Welsh, who has recently been awarded top honors from The Scholastic Writing Award Competition says, “I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn about art in a museum setting. I plan to share my excitement about the artwork with each tour participant. More than any factual information, I think an eagerness to explore the artwork, its history, and its place in the world is what will continue to be important long after the tours conclude.”
Tamara Mosher says of her LACMA Internship experience, “We’ve all worked diligently throughout the school year to plan and research our tours. I am excited to finally see them put into action. My goal for each tour focuses on each student who will attend. I want them to enjoy themselves and learn something new and meaningful along the way.”
AVPA’s Co-Executive Director and the Director of the Visual Art department, Kristine Hatanaka, encourages all her students to get involved in museum programs for students. “Acceptance to internship programs provides professional experiences for my art students. It encourages and inspires them to further expand their creativity beyond the classroom environment into a profession they may consider in their future. Collaborating with my colleague in modern language will provide other students at CCHS the opportunity to see and inspire their peers in other content areas.”
About the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Culver City High School has been inspiring and empowering students to build a compassionate, creative community through innovative and challenging arts education since 1996. AVPA enjoys tremendous support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other area businesses as well as from the Culver City community. For more information about the Academy, go to avpa.org or contact Tony Spano at 310-842-4200 x6094 or Kristine Hatanaka at 310-842-4200 x6001.
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