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 Education and Public Programs Asuka Hisa in collaboration with arts advocate Pete Galindo, 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.
For Agency of Assets’ pilot program, ICA LA placed eleven 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, 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.
Support for Agency of Assets comes from the 5000 Kids Fund and City of Los Angeles Hire LA’s Youth program.
Program partners: Legacy LA, Lou Calanche, Pete Galindo, Eduardo Robles, Jeanny Marroquin, Lucy Self-Help Graphics and Art, Cornerstone Theater, Casa 0101, Hauser & Wirth, The Box, 356 S. Mission, Ball Nogues Studio, Nephew, Vincent Price Art Museum, Para Los Ninos, City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development.
Community partners: Salomon Huerta, Alvaro Huerta, Boys and Girls Club Ramona Gardens, Helen Campbell, Nina Idemudia, LURN, Rudy Espinoza, Natalie Kamajian, Yuval Bar Zemer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Scott Lee, Ari Simon, Rocio Hernandez, Brenda Anderson, Gloria Ocampo, Jorge Orozco, Nereida Solis, Ultimate Limousine, William Warrener, Fabian Debora, La Clase Academy, 14th Factory, Simon Birch, Office of Councilman José Huizar.