Future Visions: Interview with Graduating ArtLab Intern Carlos Casillas

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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!


Carlos working on a mural at 40th and Colorado RTD station with Birdseed Collective. 

Future Visions: Interview with Carlos Casillas
Manual High School, Class of 2018
Metropolitan State University, Class of 2022

What are you most proud of in this last year of high school?
I’m proud of being more outgoing, talking a lot more in class and school. I’m also proud of my grades and my attitude shift. Now I feel like I can go to class and do a good job.

What will you miss about ArtLab?
I’ll miss being in an art space and coming to this neighborhood. I love this neighborhood. I have a lot of good memories here. I’ll miss this community, too.

Something you love about yourself?
I love that I’m a loyal person. I choose my friends wisely. I like people who have strong values.

Sweetest thing?
My dogs.

What is your hope for your generation? Where would you like to see America going?
My hope for my generation is that we are accepting. I hope that the government will be more focused on the common good.

Where do you imagine yourself in the future?
I see myself continue to grow as a person. Knowing how to take care of myself and others.