2018 LACAC Metro Tour

 LACAC interns tour Metro's Union Station. Pictured from left to right: Alma Villegas ( artworx LA), Kachina Xu (Justice By Uniting In Creative Energy), Gemma Jimenez (Echo Park Film Center), Tania Ordoñez ( artworx LA), Sophia McDowell (Theatre of Hearts), Mila Frank (Get Lit-Words Ignite), Dominique Dickey (Get Lit-Words Ignite), and Emily Sajche (The Gabriella Foundation)

LACAC interns tour Metro's Union Station. Pictured from left to right: Alma Villegas (artworxLA), Kachina Xu (Justice By Uniting In Creative Energy), Gemma Jimenez (Echo Park Film Center), Tania Ordoñez (artworxLA), Sophia McDowell (Theatre of Hearts), Mila Frank (Get Lit-Words Ignite), Dominique Dickey (Get Lit-Words Ignite), and Emily Sajche (The Gabriella Foundation)

In collaboration with Metro, artworxLA hosted a tour of public art available at three Metro train stations, led by Metro Art Program Specialist, Jennifer Lieu and Metro Communications Assistant, Angelica Monreal. LACAC interns were also able to gain a better understanding of the pathways available to them outside of traditional arts institutions and careers. 

Metro Tour 

LACAC Peer Group Activity

1.) What impact did you make on your organization?

I helped the office to implement organizational systems so that all employees can access information pertaining to our donors and constituents. I also put together a list of numerical data for our upcoming annual report and developed strategies for improving our email marketing
I created a more cohesive look for the organization's PR and marketing materials including brochure, website, event flyers and recap posts. I've also introduced team members to useful tools to sustain the cohesive branding elements in the future.
I went into this organization with a background in education in fine arts like teaching assisting and making a lot of art but my position is in development and fundraising so it was completely different but I was able to implement craft and use technology. 

2.) What do you plan on doing after the internship?

After this internship, I plan on continuing within either the non-profit sector or TV/Film industry on the independent side. 
Will apply for an arts/culture research work-study job at school. Will continue as an arts advocate and writer. 

3.) What did you learn and what were your expectations from your summer internship. 

How much work the gala and annual shows take and how to be patient with students and how to make the projects fun for different age groups. I expect that I would learn ow to be a teacher and how to address all of the situations that would have happened.
I learned how to apply design and marketing to appeal to unique demographics. The weekly community events also gave me insight into the true community-building power of hip-hop arts. I was expecting work to be more routine but I've learned there are many last minute actions needed for community events. 

4.) What's your most memorable metro transportation story? 

When I lived in New York, I enjoyed taking the subway straight to the beach. It felt much more relaxing than when you go to the beach in la and you have to look for parking. I sensed the community on the train and the excitement in NY. It was more of a stress-free journey. 
I rode the metro with 20+ dance teammates to Santa Monica for a video Shoot and our excitement was quite contagious.