Arts & Community Development
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS
What is Spotlight on the Arts?
Since 1993 California Lawyers for the Arts has proudly sponsored Spotlight on the Arts, a comprehensive workforce development program for low-income high school students ages 14 to 17. Since inception we have provided job training and career exploration to more than 900 students. Spotlight employs a three pronged approach that includes internships, workshops and college counseling.
How to Apply
Applications for the program are due on May 26 2018. Applications may be sent by: email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail to Jill Roisen, Senior Program Manager, California Lawyers for the Arts, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Building C-265, San Francisco, CA, 94123.
Here are links to download FLYERS and APPLICATIONS.
Through internship site placements that reflect their interests and skills, participants get “hands on” job training and explore careers in diverse arts disciplines. More than 80 Internship sites have included 826 Valencia,, African American Art and Culture Complex, A.C.T. Costume Rentals Shop, BAYCAT, Cartoon Art Museum, Chinese Culture Center, de Young Museum, Musical Theater Works, Project Level, Root Division, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Complementing their internships, Spotlight participants attend workshops that include “backstage” tours of art facilities, presentations from veterans in the industry, and interactive exercises in conflict resolution, workplace etiquette, interview skills, public speaking, civic advocacy, financial literacy, and college application processes.
Individual meetings with a college counselor provide participants with the opportunity to explore personally tailored career and higher education pathways. Given the high ratio of college counselors to students in our public schools, this program feature has proven to be highly valuable to our participants.
Graduates of Spotlight's summer internship program may be eligible to continue their internships for up to 10 hours per week during the school year and attend monthly workshops that include hands-on collaborative art projects. Previous projects involved mural making and a video What If This Happened to You? Current participants are creating collage and fiber art exploring the themes of home and community. The program will culminate in an exhibit of participants' work on May 5, 2018. Details to come!
Spotlight on the Arts Community Network
Graduates can also participate in the Spotlight on the Arts Community Network, a group that provides opportunities for alumni to communicate and build connections with each other about needs, interests and opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Spotlight on the Arts would like to thank those who have supported this program, including the San Francisco Department of Children Youth & Their Families, The Tom Merit Hancock Family Fund, The Merit and Carol Hancock Memorial Fund, GGS Foundation, Joseph & Vera Long Foundation, Kimball Foundation, LEF Foundation, Lennar Corporation, PG & E, Wells Fargo Foundation, Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Foundation, William and Clare Warhaftig Fund and Diane B. Wilsey.
WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?
CLA's SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS program provided a platform for teens who were harassed by San Francisco police officers to describe their experiences in a short video, What If This Happened To You? The teens in this program learned interviewing techniques, as well as sound and camera techniques, under the direction of CLA's Spotlight on the Arts program staff. They also interviewed a knowledgeable attorney about how they should respond in such situations.