artworxLA operates a long-term, sequential arts program that creatively links overlooked alternative high school students with professional artists, cultural institutions and communities to imagine, produce, and present new work.
Arts Workshops and Public Presentations
artworxLA students participate in three 11-week workshops each year. Professional artists guide students to create art that connects to exhibitions and programs at L.A. museums, theaters and cultural centers. Each 11-week workshop culminates in a trip to the institution, where students present their final work.
Themes 2017 / 2018
What happens when communities take control of their own story and share their experiences in their own voices? In partnership with the Autry Museum, artworxLA students will explore the bilingual magazine LA Raza (1967-1977). They will learn how young photographers, artists, journalists, and activists played a central role in documenting culture and articulating the concerns of the Chicano movement in Los Angeles.
How can art represent a collection memory? Whose story gets told, and what makes a monument valuable to a community? On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, artworxLA students will reflect on the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and its relevance to our world today.
How do science fiction stories give us a different perspective on our world? How does artist experiment with prophecy and imagine possible futures? On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, artworxLA and Los Angeles Public Library celebrate the literature of ideas and change.
After-School Residencies and Leadership Development
Students whose interests are sparked in the Level 1 workshops step up the ladder to participate in Level 2. While the Level 1 workshops bring artists into the classroom, the Level 2 after-school residencies take students out of the classroom and into significant cultural institutions where they receive in-depth exposure to specific disciplines and publicly present their work at the end of 12 weeks. Simultaneously, students participate in a weekly leadership program that teaches skills to help students succeed in the residencies and advance to scholarship opportunities.
Exceptional students who complete the Level 2 residency and leadership program receive scholarships to study art in some of the country’s most prestigious summer and weekend arts programs for high school students. artworxLA provides these students with art supplies, access to technology, and staff support that ensures they successfully complete the programs and are competitive with their peers. Our core scholarship partners are listed below, and students have also participated in: Ryman Arts, Cal Arts’ Community Arts Partners Summer Arts program (CAPSA), the Earthwatch Institute, and various internships.