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AAP Arts IN Program
Fall 2010

Dear AAP Students and Faculty,

The Arts IN program is back in full swing for 2010-2011 school year!

Arts IN is a great opportunity for AAP undergraduate students who are interested in doing arts-related research or entering an arts-related profession. There are many ways your passion for art can lead you to a successful career! Possible careers include graduate school, education, activism, therapy, entertainment, philanthropy, cultural heritage work, community development, graphic design, media production and management.

Arts IN is a two-quarter program. Students will learn in-depth about different arts related professions and opportunities during Winter Quarter 2011. Students will learn how to enter into their arts-related field of choice during Spring Quarter 2011.

Application Process
This program is open to AAP (Academic Advancement Program) students. Visit Campbell Hall 1230 to find out if you are eligible for AAP status.

To apply, fill in the application, also attaching personal statements. Applications are due in Campbell Hall 1202, or via email to, by Wednesday November 30, 2010.

Feel free to come by the Graduate Mentorship Program office at Campbell 1202, and talk to Ellen-Rae, if you need more information.

Best Wishes for the new school year,

Ellen-Rae Cachola
Arts IN Coordinator
AAP Graduate Mentor
Phone: (310) 794-4186

Arts IN Scholars
I am pleased to announce the second cohort of the AAP Arts IN Program. This program works to support students in specific arts related-research projects in established partnerships such as - Arts IN Civic Engagement, Arts IN Education, Arts IN Global Health, Arts IN Labor, Arts IN Science, and Arts INternational. Arts IN is the centerpiece of AAP's initiative to mentor under-resourced students who normally would not consider the arts as a viable area of study leading to a career in the arts.
2008 Arts IN Fellows
Mehvish Arifeen is a third year International student from Pakistan, double majoring in Ethnomusicology and International Development Studies. She is a North Indian style classical singer as well as a painter. Her goal is to work social and educational development through the arts, focusing especially on women and children. Mehvish hopes to achieve her goal of outreach work through Arts IN by working with the ArtsBridge program. Mehvish plans on combining her experiences and knowledge from her majors, work, and Arts IN final project in a way that will prepare her for her ultimate goal which is to educate and expose women and children through the arts and to bridge the gap between the privileged and non privileged in the process.Pakistani visual arts and music
Elizabeth Franco is a fourth year majoring in World Arts and Culture with a concentration in Dance. She practices various styles of dance as well as theater and singing and is always looking for ways to intertwine them. She danced and directed extensively with Grupo Folklorico de UCLA, the first University-based Mexican Folk dance group in Southern California and currently dances with Pacifico Dance Company. Her Arts IN project will focus on marrying her passion for dance and choreography with social justice.
Turquoise Griffith is currently completing her fourth year as a Psychology and World Arts and Culture double major. She found a passion for performing in college and has been writing poetry for seven years. She is the Director of the UCLA AIDS Ambassadors and is in the process of developing a curriculum for the Los Angeles Unified School District's teachers about HIV/AIDS awareness. She is also interested in revamping the prison system to allow prisoners access to condoms and HIV/AIDS education. Her goal is to develop a program to teach prisoners different writing forms that they can develop while in prisons. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Health to continue promoting HIV/AIDS education and condoms distribution in the prison system.
Tameka Norris, from Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, moved to Los Angeles at the age of sixteen to explore new territory. This massive geographic and cultural change was symbolic of the first step on a long road of reconciliation between an ambivalent perception of her southern black roots and the development of her unique self-identity. Since, she has dedicated her life to art making, music making, teaching, and higher education. She is currently an Art major, African American Studies minor, as well as an ArtsBridge and ArtsIN scholar. As a visual artist she has shown works in UCLA's New Wight Gallery, Loyola Marymount University's LaBand Gallery and currently has work on loan in Chancellor Blockšs residence on UCLA's north campus. In the summer of 2009 she has been invited to The Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing to participate in a two-month residency. This program reviews over 2000 applications each year and accept only 65 of the most gifted and diverse students. Her Arts IN project involves traveling to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, creating a extensive body of work that exposes the continuing issues concerning its aftermath. Tameka has participated in symposiums presenting documentation of her research, paintings, and photographs. As an emerging, project-based visual and performing artist she is interested in interacting with social space where her practice is active in discourses regarding stereotypes, positions of power, and institutional critique.
Arianna Taboada's work as an Arts In Scholar examines how media can be utilized in health promotion and education. She came to the department of World Arts and Cultures in 2006 with a background in health education and community-based documentary film, utilizing media for social action, education and change. While Arianna has produced short films for Berkeley Community Media, KQED, PBS, Oakland Community Media Network, and film festivals nationwide, her academic focus has been in Public Health, Cultural Studies, and the intersections of these fields. During her time with Arts IN, Arianna has worked closely with the Arts/Global Health Center in its Los Angeles headquarters, as well as in Mexico City, and is currently interning with Public Matters. After pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health Arianna hopes to design and implement school-based health education programs that incorporate the arts.
2007 Arts IN Fellows
Adrianna King is a fourth year World Arts and Cultures major (w/dance concentration) with a minor in Accounting. Adrianna has been a praise dancer for 8 years and has performed at churches, schools, and community centers throughout California. She was a site coordinator for the SHAPE program working with youth in the Inglewood area and is currently a Bruin Advisor with EAOP. As a Redwoods Financial Analyst, she will be interning with DaVita, one of the nation's top dialysis providers this summer. Her Arts IN project explores praise dancing and African American dance in the Diaspora, focuses on the themes of African American culture, and seeks to broaden the spaces of praise dancing through the performance of racial identity and its meaning. Her ultimate goal is to have a multi-cultural dance academy to work with at-risk students who do not have access to the arts.
Joanna Perez is a fourth year Sociology major with a double minor in Labor and Workplace Studies and Civic Engagement. Her Arts IN project included working on Capitol Hill on issues regarding the DREAM Act and organizing and presenting her work at the Fowler Museum in conjunction with the Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos/Faces Seen Hears Unknown: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration exhibit. She will be entering a PhD program in Sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign this Fall.
Stephanie Sartori is presently completing her major, Art History, and her two minors, Political Science and Civic Engagement. She is a self-taught fashion designer, sewing since the age of 14. She is the designer and owner of Sartori, a formal wear clothing company. As a member of the UCLA Student and Fashion Trends Club, Stephanie has had the opportunity to present her annual pret-a-porter collections at the UCLA Student Fashion show in the past three years. Her first Arts-In project consisted of an internship at the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, where she completed research on the local garment industry while assisting in community organizing. Upon the completion of her internship, Stephanie presented her self-initiated campaign WEAR SWEAT FREE at the Fowler Museum in conjunction with the exhibit, "Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos/Faces Seen Hears Unknown: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration." During her last year at UCLA, Stephanie plans to intern with local sustainable fashion companies, and hopes to learn about their business models and production practices. She will also be completing her Senior Thesis, which will examine the manufacturing operations of the garment industry in order to provide an innovative analysis of how such industry can become more sustainable. Stephanie will be applying to MBA programs this fall. Her career aspiration is to expand her current business venture, Sartori, to a global scale, and to transform it into a sustainable fashion company that promotes worker rights and sponsors small artisan businesses in developing nations.
Kelsey Yu is a fourth year Global Studies major with minors in Spanish and Public Affairs. Her Arts IN project includes interning with the Arts|Global Health Center in their daily operations while investigating the benefits of yoga in at-risk communities. She investigates yoga as a holistic mind/body method for self-awareness as a means for communities to integrate wellness into their daily lives. In addition, Kelsey is the Venture Director for the founding chapter of Nourish International at UCLA, a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating some of the effects caused by poverty. She is responsible for all aspects of planning, coordinating, and executing student-run fundraisers that support micro-enterprise businesses for impoverished Guatemalan women.
Former Arts IN Scholars
Norlyn Asprec graduated Winter 2009 with a degree in Sociology and minor in Civic Engagement. Her Arts IN project involved teaching a dance and nutrition class to 6th grade students at George Washington Carver Middle School (GWCMS) in South LA while collaborating with a community development organization called Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE LA), to discuss how the farmer's market at GWCMS and cooking classes would complement her classes in educating students and their families about healthy eating. She continued her research at the nation's capital working on health policies regarding disease prevention and childhood obesity. Norlyn is currently interning in San Francisco with the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum and applying to MPH programs.
Marisol Barba graduated Spring 2008 with a degree from the Department of World Arts and Cultures where she worked extensively with Judy Baca and SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center) studying murals throughout Los Angeles. Her Arts IN project involved working with the 18 Street Arts Complex where she worked with artist Linda Pollock and her exhibition, Patriot Acts. Marisol is now a Marketing Assistant for UCLA Live! and is the lead female vocalist for Brutus Gets the Girl, a local Los Angeles indie band that has played at The Roxy, The Troubadour, and the Knitting Factory.
Desiree Leolani Gallardo has sixteen years of dance experience with hula halau Keali'i 'O Nalani and Nonosina. She has been competing and performing internationally throughout Hawaii, Tahiti, the US, and Mexico since the beginning of her training in Hula and Tahitian dance. During her first year at UCLA she began exploring her own choreographing skills and collaborating with other young artist. During her second year at UCLA she taught Polynesian Dance throughout the Los Angeles area with the ArtsBridge program, A Place Called Home, and on the UCLA campus. Her goal is to inspire her students' creativity, and foster respect for the diversity of Asian Pacific Island cultures. In 2007, she was chosen to receive a full scholarship for the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Cultural Traditions Workshop. In 2008, her Arts IN project included traveling to New Zealand to compare their arts/cultural education programs to the United States and investigate the Polynesian art and performance scene. Gallardo is currently dancing for Tokyo Disney in Japan as part of her research in the commodification of cultural dance. She plans to continue her training in Polynesian dance and performance studies while perusing a creative career as a teaching artist and advocate for arts education.
Leslie Mejia is currently a 4th year majoring in Chicana and Chicano studies, with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies who discovered her passion for education as an Arts IN scholar. She is now an Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) Scholar looking at the different factors that motivate high achieving Latina students to go into higher education. She hopes to expand this work to include literature about college bound students of color and use these stories and experiences to motivate and support students who express similar interest in college. Leslie also wants to highlight what creates a college bound attitude despite challenges and barriers students of color might face in urban schools. She will be applying to graduate programs to get her masters in counseling and pupil personnel services school counseling credential this upcoming fall and hopes to become a high school college counselor with a social justice perspective.
Philip Nguyen is double majoring in World Arts and Cultures and Earth and Environmental Science. He wants to use both the arts and science to educate the community and make it a safer place. He has interned and worked for the UCLA Environment Health and Safety Department with the division of Radiation Safety to protect and educate lab workers on the health hazards of ionizing radiation. He has also worked with the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health on evaluating worker health training programs as well as developing ideas for implementation of the arts to research social justice issues and as a different approach to health education. He is currently doing research abroad at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan on the emission levels of radon gas after earthquakes. In his free time, he is a student and teacher of Hip hop dance, which he uses to bring people together to share ideas, broaden perspectives, and develop individual technique.




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