Future Visions: Interview with Graduating ArtLab Intern Flor Canales

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This spring six ArtLab interns will graduate from high school. In celebration of their growth, commencement and future we will feature an intern interview each week!

At PlatteForum we believe that youth voice is essential to a more just and equitable world. Over the course of the Class of 2018’s time with us they have built community, supported each other through high school growing pains, worked hard to complete their course work and apply to college, and marched in rallies and protests. In ArtLab they have dared to articulate a vision of a better world through their art by challenging our cultural narratives in America. Cheers to the leadership of the ArtLab Interns!

Flor at the 2018 Women’s March in Civic Center. 

Future Visions: Interview with Flor Canales
Denver School of Science and Technology: Cole, Class of 2018
Claremont McKenna College, Class of 2022

What are you proud of in this last year of high school?
I’ve been able to branch out and be more vocal about things I care about. I’ve become an activist.

What will you miss about ArtLab?
Everything. Having space where I can be myself, just have fun and laugh.

Something you love about yourself?
I’m a good listener.

Sweetest thing?
Time with my family and friends.

What is your hope for your generation? Where would you like to see America going?

Not in Trump’s direction. I’d like to see a more inclusive world where everyone’s voices are heard. A world where everyone can understand each other.

What possibilities excite you about your future? 
The possibility of changing the world through my education.

Famous last words?
You have to know where you’ve come from to know where you are going.