Summer Art & Advocacy Youth Fellowship

Clockshop’s Summer Art & Advocacy Youth Fellowship is a 5-week-long, cohort-based summer program for a small group of high school students in Northeast Los Angeles. The program combines natural exploration and art-making with public space advocacy training. Fellows will receive a $2250 scholarship for their full participation.

Over the course of the summer, fellows:

  • Learn about the ecology of the Los Angeles River and our local public lands and parks
  • Explore political strategies for advocating for public space in Los Angeles
  • Collaborate with professional artists
  • Grow leadership skills as they build towards a culminating youth-imagined community project/event that transforms the knowledge and skills they’ve built into action

Week 1: Ecology and Grounding in Place

Guiding Questions
What are the human and more-than-human relationships that comprise the ecology of Northeast LA?
What are the histories of these relationships that compromise the ecology of Northeast LA?

Week 1 of Clockshop’s Inaugural Summer Arts & Advocacy Youth Fellowship focused on (re)acclimating fellows to the areas where they will be spending the duration of the program – in and around the Los Angeles River. Fellows met with local artists and activists Lazaro Arvizu Jr. and Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio. Both Lazaro and Eddie shared their approaches to making and using art—approaches informed by their identities and experiences with indigeneity, migration, and community. Fellows also deepened their knowledge of the ecology of Northeast Los Angeles through workshops led by local partners, covering topics including community science, naturalist interpretation, and urban kayaking.

Summer Art & Advocacy Youth Fellowship, and related programs, are supported through generous funding from ARLAThe Getty Foundation, The Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation, The SNAP Foundation, CIV:LAB and Clockshop’s generous community of individual donors.