Arts Interns Cohort 1: Saying Good-Bye to Venice!

All photos: Matteo de Fina. (L to R:) JP Peralta, Tamara Yakubova, Louis Vaccara,
and Amberrose Venus-Gordon

The first cohort of ArtsInterns to complete a summer internship in Venice through Studio Institute’s partnership with Madison Square Park Conservancy returned stateside on July 13th.

By all accounts, it’s been a transformative experience—from informative exchanges with local inhabitants to memorable experiences with peers and with visitors attending the Biennale, to rewarding interactions with children and students living in residential communities in Venice.

With guidance from the Arts Interns, youth at the La Pietà and San Donà communities engaged in a series of art-making lessons that included shape and line exploration, collage, still life drawing, printmaking, and paper sculpture. A special highlight was a visit to the U.S. Pavilion where participants drew inspiration from Martin Puryear’s work.

Arts Interns at the U.S. Pavilion with children and visitors. (L to R:) Louis Vaccara, Amberrose Venus-Gordon, JP Peralta, and Tamara Yakubova.

Their impending departure generated a whirlwind of activity as the interns welcomed colleagues Kel Burchette, Emma Ike, Nanase Shirokawa, and Haley Kane. A week’s turnover time between cohorts provided interns the opportunity to share experiences and impart some of what they learned. We look forward to featuring their stories in weeks to come. 

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“Today was a bittersweet day at the US. Pavilion…our last day! I’m going to miss this experience so much—interacting with people from all walks of life. The kids have had a profound impact on me; they are so brilliant and inspiring. I hope they continue creating art!” — Amberrose Venus-Gordon