Current ArtLab Interns

Based on best practices for youth development programs, PlatteForum’s ArtLab is an innovative year-round, out-of-school program for underserved high school youth that integrates the creative process and arts-based learning with academic, personal, and professional skill development. As an intensive program, we are limited to 15 youth who go through a competitive application and interview process. Learn more about our current ArtLab Interns below. For more information on ArtLab or to learn about sponsoring an ArtLab Intern contact Amanda Flores or Rebecca Vaughan.

OUR FIVE ADDITIONAL NEW ARTLAB INTERNS FOR 2017 HAVE BEGUN!
Stay tuned for their bios and photos to be posted soon!

Ariana RomeroAriana Romero

Senior
East High School

Ariana would like to be a computer engineer or a scientist. She is interested in all the arts ranging from poetry, music to all and any visual arts. She would like to have a pet sloth because they seem like very down to earth animals. Ariana needs coffee to fully operate. She would like to travel to Paris for fashion and their amazing coffee. Ariana enjoys listening to the music of Sza, Willow Smith and anything else that sounds good.

Carlos CasillasCarlos Casillas

Junior
Manual High School

In the future Carlos would like to become a well known artist. In his lifetime he would like to see his skills in art constantly improve. Carlos is very interested in graffiti and street art as well as video games. He feels he is at his best when he listens to music.

Emmarie PadillaEmmarie Padilla

Junior
North High School

Emmarie was born on the first day of the year. In addition to her position as an ArtLab intern Emmarie volunteers with middle school students at Mi Casa’s Neighborhood center at Lake. She dreams of going to college to become a therapist. Emmarie would like to have a bright and successful future!

Harris SchwietermanHarris Schwieterman

Senior
East High School

Harris wants to be a self-made artist. His dreams are to move to a far away rural land where he makes art. Drinking tea everyday is a must. He is looking forward to living alone in his art shack. The best piece of advice Harris ever received was, “No one can change the mind of another individual, only that person can decide to change”. Harris hopes to find a steady career early in life and grow the opportunity.

Joshua BarreraJoshua Barrera

Senior
Abraham Lincoln High School

Joshua is interested in the arts and music. He is at his best when faced with great pressure, but understands that can always backfire. He would like to change the world for the better in one way or another. He loves people that are weird because weird people are the best people.

Jose CasillasJose Casillas

Senior
Manual High School

Jose is looking forward to finishing high school and becoming the second person in his family to go to college. In his lifetime he would like to travel and see the world. His interests include playing soccer, video games and graffiti.

Jurnee SamJurnee Sam

Senior
Manual High School

Jurnee dreams of becoming a graphic novelist authoring original stories. He takes his practice in art serious and is currently interested in drawing, gaming, and writing. Jurnee struggles with writing but has been working on developing his skills. He is most comfortable with sketching and looks forward to learning more!

Leilani AbeytaLeilani Abeyta

Junior
Colorado Academy

Leilani would like to be a professional traveling artist while helping her community and others through her art. In 8th grade she went on a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and would like to go back someday to reconnect with the community there. She is looking forward to college where she hopes to learn about and experience different types of art while becoming a better artist herself. She is at her best when she is not hungry and given the space to express herself through art. Leilani is interested in meeting new people and creating strong bonds with them.

Thalia SantanderThalia Santander

Senior
Abraham Lincoln High School

Thalia loves people who believe in aliens. She would like to travel to Japan because it is so different from the United States. She requires a glass of tea everyday and feels it is important to try new things. She is at her best when she first wakes up from a nap. Thalia thinks the rain is beautiful because it calms people down.

Yonis NoorYonis Noor

Senior
Thomas Jefferson High School

In his lifetime Yonis would like to see Africa become a united nation and eliminate hunger. He is interested in technology and innovation. Art really helps Yonis get a visual idea of his inventions, hopes, and dreams. It also helps him freely express his views. Yonis would like to become an engineer or economist. He has lots of respect for Leonardo Da Vinci and feels that his revolutionary ideas help fuel his personal ambition. The greatest lesson Yonis ever learned was from someone he used to work with. That lesson was, “You don’t have to be here, if you don’t want to be” this helped motivate him and teach him to have conviction in his decisions.

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