Agency of Assets is an initiative designed to propel local youth into leadership roles in the arts through employment opportunities, sustained mentorship, and hands-on experience. Organized by ICA LA Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, in partnership with youth organization Legacy LA, and various arts organizations, Agency of Assets provides East LA high school students with paid summer jobs in the creative sector, as well as workshops, excursions, and one-on-one consultation.
Since 2016, ICA LA placed high school students from Boyle Heights, Downtown, and East Los Angeles into paid positions at various arts organizations, each selected according to the students’ interests. We are proud to have hosted students with cultural partners Hauser & Wirth, Self Help Graphics, Casa 0101, Nephew LA, The Box, Cornerstone Theater, Vincent Price Art Museum, Everybody.World, 356 Mission, and Ball Nogues Studio. Through these employment partnerships, local youth will gain an understanding of the social forces driving change in their neighborhoods, as well as the tools necessary to forge their own careers in a shifting economic landscape.
For more information on becoming an Agency of Assets partner or fellow, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Michael Silver Foundation, and Comerica Bank.