Center for Artists in the Making
is an inclusive, multi-disciplinary arts program for young creative minds to courageously realize new visions of themselves and the world.
Taught by working artists who are also trained educators, our dynamic and enriching courses engage young makers in the craft and practice of multiple art forms, enabling them with the practical tools and inner resources to develop their own creative work and platforms.
Our programs — drawing on contemporary methods from theater, dance, film/video, and visual art making — inspire and nurture the young creative, guiding them to tap into their innate well of creative intelligence, and build confidence in the journey of their life and work.
We are Working Artists
& Trained Educators
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Cinematheque
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
New York International Film Festival
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Da Vinci RISE High
The Mistake Room
Pieter Performance Space
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
24th St. Theater
New Heights Charter School
San Gabriel Valley School of the Arts
The Mistake Room
New York University
EMPAC, Rensallear University
Live Arts Festival Los Angeles
Grotowski Festival, Poland
Brooklyn Friends School
Zimmer Children's Museum
BFA NYU, Tisch Sch. of the Arts
MFA, Hollins University
Jennie is an interdisciplinary artist working in dance, filmmaking, and writing. Beginning her path working with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, and training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has over 20 years of professional experience working on stages, screens, museums, and galleries throughout the United States and in Europe.
A passionate educator, Jennie has taught and built programs in a wide range of places, including in New York’s Chinatown, Zimmer Children’s Museum, as a Visiting Artist at New York University and University of California Los Angeles. She champions young people to slow down and be curious, take brave risks, drawing on skills of performance, media making, and writing, to form new ways of making meaning in the world.
BFA, California Inst. of the Arts
MA Teaching, University of Southern California
Andrew is an actor, designer, musician, improviser, arts educator, and English teacher. His journey as an artist has taken him all over the world, and his work as an educator has positioned him as a leader in many diverse learning communities.
Having worked with many schools and organizations to develop student-centered, boundary-pushing arts curriculum, Andrew went on to receive his Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California with a certification for English Language instruction. He focuses on unique learner development, language support, and creating strong learning communities. With 15 years of teaching experience, Andrew continues to be an innovator in the classroom, helping his students develop strong interpersonal social skills and a thirst for creative expression.
Art making expands our understanding of what is possible, asking us to be adventurous and critical at the same time. We hypothesize, experiment, and are inspired to keep asking questions, rather than arrive at definitive conclusions.
Through the themes and forms of their artwork, learners forge connections with their academic learning, integrating their developing knowledge of language and humanities, science, mathematics, and technology. The work that emerges is responsive to our environment, deeply relatable, and useful.
Care and Express
Art making is a space for organizing our life experiences and emergent identities. Through the personal connection that ismade in the process of making, we practice vulnerability and take risks, the only way to build courage. We develop confidence in our bodies, trust our instincts, listen, play, and work together.
Art never ‘means’ just one thing - it holds multiple truths and perspectives. Art making feeds the global, multilingual learner with many interests and passions. To participate in art is to be an empathetic, engaged citizen of the world, who throughout a lifetime contributes to society in many ways.
Envision and Dream
Imagination is a powerful skill, which is sharpened by practice. We embolden the uniqueness of each learner’s imagination, providing the tools to build out their visions and dreams. Strength and clarity of imagination feeds truly critical thinking and our capacity for innovation grounded in our values and unique identities.