Congratulations to Fabrizio Flores, Rochelle Botello, and Jasmine Williams!

Congratulations to Fabrizio Flores, Rochelle Botello, and Jasmine Williams. They will be managing artworxLA programs and will be supporting our students. 

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We congratulate Fabrizio Flores as he will be artworxLA's new Education Program Manager. He will be in the position of leading artworxLA's Teaching Artists and will implement programs at 26 school sites. Fabrizio is an educator, art instructor, and an administrator with extensive experience managing arts programs and designing curriculum for public schools, civic, and cultural organizations. He has previously worked at MOCA, J. Paul Getty Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Museum of the San Fernando Valley, and the Norton Simon Museum. 

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Poised to lead the advanced level students through our residencies and scholarship programs, Rochelle Botello has been promoted to Advanced Programs Manager. Serving as an artworxLA Workshop Coordinator for 5-years, Rochelle is familiar with our students, their needs, and their communities. Rochelle's background in education as a professor at Citrus College and ArtCenter and her professional practice as a sculptor is a perfect match to create pathways for students into higher education and creative careers.

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Former artworxLA Teaching Artist Jasmine Williams will be joining programming staff as a Workshop Coordinator. Jasmine Williams is a poet, writer, director, and actress, from Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she received her B.A. in the Arts. She has been featured on Verses and Flow (TV One), All Def Digital, Brave New Voices (HBO), and the Pan African Film Festival just to name a few. 

 

artworxLA Honors Matt Tolmach and Paige Goldberg Tolmach

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awxLA: What role does art and creativity play in your career?

PGT: Well, the truth is, my most important and satisfying job right now is being a mom. and honestly, creativity plays a huge role. my son is a natural storyteller (like his crazy parents!) and my job is to nurture that in him and allow him the space and freedom to tell his own stories.

my second job these days is being a documentary filmmaker and although my job is to document the truth, I have to constantly think of creative ways to present that truth. the stories I want to tell are hard ones to hear. if I don't attempt to tell them in a digestible way, no one will ever see them.

awxLA: What it's like to be part of the creative industry?

PGT: I'm not really in the industry like I used to be but I still feel like I am because matt is in deep! I love talking about projects with him, reading his scripts and watching his movies. I even love being on set -- it's thrilling for me. I think I'm basically still that little girl in the living room who wants to be moved and enlightened by characters and stories.

 awxLA: What are some of the challenges you faced as you worked towards your creative career?

PGT: It tends to get completely connected to the people I interview and become consumed with their stories and their sadness. I think the mom in me wants to reach out and tell everyone that it will be ok and I will help them get through it. but I have to keep reminding myself that that's not my job as a storyteller. my job is to hear them and see them exactly as they are and share their truth with the world so that others can hear and see them as well.

awxLA: Share some advice you would give to anyone going into your career field?

PGT: Pick up a camera and start documenting the world. there is beauty in every person and every place and wonderful stories worth sharing come from the most surprising places.

awxLA: What about your work connects you to artworxLA and our students?

PGT: I went to a pretty fancy, private high school in the south. but I was never, ever inspired. I am so taken with the beautiful, brave and inspirational young people I have met at artworkLA. I wish that I had known people like that when I was young. I think I would have had the guts to start being a filmmaker much sooner