Agency of Assets is a fellowship program that introduces local youth to leadership through sustained mentorship, hands-on experience, and employment opportunities in the arts.
Organized by ICA LA in collaboration with youth development organization Legacy LA, as well as various downtown organizations, Agency of Assets engaged high school and first-year college students from Downtown and East Los Angeles. Fellows worked full-time summer positions at Hauser & Wirth, Self Help Graphics, NowArtLA, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Casa Fina Restaurant/CASA 0101, Vincent Price Art Museum, The Mistake Room, and Ball-Nogues Studio.
El Clasificado is a newsstand structure that hosts artists’ projects ranging in medium, location, and duration. Created by Pamela Ramos in 2018, El Clasificado aims to explore notions of ownership, private property, public space, institutional validation, community building and contingent topics that arise as the project develops. The newsstand was originally found outside El Changarro Market in Los Angeles performing its function as a conventional newsstand. El Clasificado as an art space is independent from the original publication, El Clasificado, a national classifieds magazine that serves Spanish-speaking communities throughout the United States.
Agency of Assets x El Clasificado resulted in public engagements at each fellow’s summer worksite, featuring a zine of their creation that documents stories about their experiences during the fellowship. Each of the fellow’s zines are available to take, as well as Behind the Zines, a zine by Pamela Ramos about the process behind this collaboration.
ICA LA’s learning and engagement programs are made possible by the 5,000 Kids Fund and Fieldwork.
Generous support for Agency of Assets is also provided by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, and Comerica Bank.