Arts for LA Welcomes LACAC-funded Summer Intern

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 1:59pm

Photo:Aaron Heard

Arts for LA is thrilled to welcome Aáron Heard, our summer Research & Communications Intern, who will be working with us through the beginning of August on a variety of research, communications, and advocacy work.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Arts Internship Program provides students from or attending school in Los Angeles County the opportunity to get hands-on experience in an arts nonprofit organization during their summer break.  Funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, this program helps students develop a deeper understanding of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, better understand the role of the arts in communities, and develop “real life” business skills that can be put to use in their future careers.

Seventy-four opportunities opened for students earlier this year.  Together with the Getty's Multicultural Internship Program, over 190 young leaders from Los Angeles County will have the opportunity work alongside staff members to further their careers after college.

Aáron studies creative writing at the University of Southern California and is a native of Los Angeles, living throughout the county in various cities for the past twenty years. She holds a passion for her community, especially youth. For the past three years, she  worked for USC’s ReadersPlus as both tutor and program coordinator at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School. This position inspired and motivated her to take interest in community outreach and arts education. Aáron spent the Spring 2013 semester studying abroad in London, England, immersing herself in a new culture, but now she’s back home ready to learn about advocacy, community organizing, and fundraising in support of the arts.

During this ten-week intensive internship, Aáron will be assisting in the creation of a database of LA County cultural assets and researching the latest studies on arts education and arts participation.  We are so thrilled to have her on our team.  We thank the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for continuing this essential opportunity!