Current ArtLab Interns

Based on best practices for youth development programs, PlatteForum’s ArtLab is an innovative year-round, out-of-school program for under-resourced 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.

Carlos CasillasCarlos Casillas

Senior
Manual High School

In the future I would like to become a well known artist. In my lifetime I would like to see my skills in art constantly improve. I’m very interested in graffiti and street art as well as video games. I am at my best when I listen to music.

Emmarie PadillaEmmarie Padilla

Senior
North High School

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

Jurnee SamJurnee Sam

Senior
Justice High School

I dream of becoming a graphic novelist authoring original stories. I take my practice in art serious and am currently interested in drawing, gaming, and writing. I struggle with writing but I’ve been working on developing my skills. I am most comfortable with sketching and look forward to learning more!

Leilani AbeytaLeilani Abeyta

Senior
Colorado Academy

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

Flor CanalesFlor Canales

Senior
DSST Cole High School

I love people who are open minded and willing to listen. My dreams are to go to college and graduate. After college I want to help people in some way. What no one realizes about me is that although I may seem shy at first I am actually a pretty outgoing person. I would love to travel to Mexico because I haven’t been there since I was three years old. I am thrilled by exploring new things and going outside of my comfort zone. In my lifetime I would love to see people come together to create a peaceful world.

Rogelio Muñoz-VargasRogelio Muñoz-Vargas

Senior
DSST Cole High School

My dreams are to move to NYC to pursue an artistic career. In my lifetime I want to see less ignorance in the world and more acceptance. I would love to travel to space because I’ve always thought about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. I’m looking forward to America’s future because as a society we have lots of room for growth and I hope I can be a positive impact.

Xanayia McKinneyXanayia McKinney

Junior
Contemporary Learning Academy

I am interested in art of any kind, they are all beautiful in their own ways. I love every kind of music, every genre has something for everyone if they look hard. In the future I’d like to be on a team for designing video games and for making Manga comics. Performing with the Denver orchestra is a goal I’d like to accomplish as a musician (I play the cello). Going to college is a must for me.

Axel LeonhardtAxel Leonhardt

Junior
Golden High School

I’m a painter but I’m open to all mediums. I love dogs and I have two of them, JoJo and Jackson. I’m most passionate about tattoos and altering clothing. I get my inspiration from old space exploration movies and the new people I meet. I’m friendly and overly helpful, so I’m always looking for the best in people.

 

Jailyn FrancoJailyn Franco

Junior
Academy of Urban Learning

I’m Jailyn Franco! I’m a 15 year old junior at Academy of Urban Learning in Northwest Denver. I was born and raised in Denver and have lived here my entire life. Some of my interests are: art, animals, my Native American culture and nature. I like to paint, go to the mountains, take care of my animals, including my pet dove, Bagheera. I joined ArtLab to challenge myself and to learn new and exciting techniques. Some of my future goals are to travel the world and even move out of state and live by the beach.

Aaliyah DiGiacomoAaliyah DiGiacomo

Sophomore
Golden High School

I’m very interested in photography and poetry. My dreams are to never stop learning and to travel the world. I hope to see change in the treatment of LGBTQIA+ as well as women, POC and all around more kindness and inclusiveness in the world. In my teens I hope to achieve attending college and finally accepting the entirety of who I am.

Francis AlmanzaFrancis Almanza

Junior
Mapleton Expeditionary Arts School

Oh hi world, it’s Francis. I’m 17, bigender and pansexual. I’m in love with art and making youtube videos about random things. My favorite genre of music is all types of rock from indie to modern to punk to heavy metal. My favorite type of art is abstract. I feel like there is a very hidden and sometimes visible beauty in each piece.

Sophie JeanelleSophie Jeanelle

Sophomore
JeffCo Open School

Bio coming soon 🙂

Isnino SalatIsnino Salat

Junior
Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning

My name is Isnino, I am a Junior at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. If I were to be given an empty building in a cool city, I would renovate it to make it a girl cave where I and others can come to relax have a thrill or express their creativity.

Jaden HendrixJaden Hendrix

Sophomore
JeffCo Open School

Hi, my name is Jaden Hendrix and I am one of the PlatteForum ArtLab interns. My entire life has revolved around expressing myself through all types of art mediums. I grew up in the Denver art scene and when I was little, the place I got the chance to express my art was at Tossa, the other side arts.

My entire family consists of well known artists so as soon as I was born, I was taught everything you needed to know about expressing yourself through creativity. I have gone through some major changes in my life which include moving out of state, becoming an older sister to two babies and my family opening a small business. These things were very hard in the moment but were the things that really shaped me into who I am today. My favorite art mediums include graphic design (specifically cartoons, minimalistic pen drawings, printmaking, acrylic painting and so many more. I feel as though I have found my favorite forms of art for truly expressing myself, but you never know what crazy art trend you’ll stumble upon that could change that. My motto for life is very corny but true to me: live life like everyday’s your last, create and pretend like no one’s gonna see it, and always take the time to be open minded. 🙂

Jameelah MimsJameelah Mims

Senior
DSST: Cole High School

I love art, it’s my passion. I am looking forward to meeting new people that love art as much as I do, and most of all having fun. I love people who are very kind, loud and have positive vibes in themselves. Especially if someone has a great, goofy personality I would get along with them so well! My dreams are becoming a professional artist that runs an art space for teens that are in love with art. I am thrilled by coming to a place where I can do my hobby with others and be myself, nobody understands how happy I am because of this internship. The best thing anyone has ever said to me is that I’m very talented and I’m good with drawing. I love doing my magic with paper and pencils. I get so happy when people compliment my artwork. It is important that you do what your heart desires and you must have a great voice for yourself. Everyone needs to be confident about who they are and what they want to do in life, this is exactly what ArtLab does! It is overall happiness. I’m so happy to be here!

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