Meet the 2022 Bloomberg Arts Mentors

Can you name a person in your life who was a mentor to you—maybe a sibling, an older schoolmate, a teacher, or a colleague—someone who helped you navigate your path and provided advice and guidance during a formative period? For some, bonds formed with mentors may last for years, even decades. Studio Institute (Studio) internship and mentoring programs have provided hundreds of high school and college students interested in the arts to gain exposure to arts-related careers, acquire experience teaching art, and mentor students participating in Studio arts programs.

A Valuable Summer Experience for Interns and Mentors

This summer, with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, 73 rising seniors from NYC career and technical education public high schools are working in paid internships at 35 arts and cultural organizations across the boroughs through the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program. For many students, the summer internship is life changing.

The BAI program provides meaningful workforce experience and prepares them to apply and transition into college and beyond through college-readiness preparation and professional development training. The program also includes opportunities for teens to develop their knowledge of New York City’s vibrant cultural scene through panel discussions featuring local artists, studio visits, and trips to other arts organizations.

The past two-and-a half years have been tumultuous and stressful, especially for students who spent much of that time in virtual classrooms. Connecting with others and having opportunities to get support and guidance is more important than ever. A talented team of Bloomberg Arts Mentors—six post-grad and undergraduate college students—are on hand this summer to support the BAI teens during their internships.

Our Talented Team of Mentors

A recent graduate of Barnard College with a B.A. in Art History and Visual Arts, Ada has interned and worked at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, the first all-female artists’ cooperative gallery in the U.S. During the past two years, she created a series depicting essential workers in New York City during the pandemic. Ada is interested in art education and is hoping to find a teaching role in a K–12 setting. Fun Fact: Ada is a fan of K-pop and cute Asian stationery.

Anamica, who recently graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Art Theory and Art History, is passionate about arts education and artivism. In 2017, she was a BAI intern at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She has worked for many arts organizations, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Museum of the City of New York, the Apollo Theater, and Studio Institute. Fun Fact: Anamica enjoys streaming movies and TV shows during her free time.

An undergraduate attending Brooklyn College as a Macaulay Honors student, Christie is a Business Administration major with a concentration in marketing and a minor in film. They have interned at a production company, a museum, and at other nonprofit arts and educational organizations. In their spare time, Christie enjoys reading, finding new music, and discovering cute cafe spots in the city. Fun Fact: Christie is a first-generation Colombian/Ecuadorian college student.

Laura is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, pursuing a B.F.A. in Spatial Experience Design. Laura also holds an A.A.S. degree in Music Business: Creative Production. In their free time, they are an avid concertgoer and pop music enthusiast. Laura is from Colombia and moved to the United States in 2014. Fun Fact: Laura learned how to sew during the pandemic; prior to acquiring this skill they had had no knowledge of sewing other than reattaching a button.

Currently attending CUNY Hunter College full-time as a Studio Art Major, Noelle is working towards creating a portfolio to enter the Hunter College B.F.A program. As a mix-media artist, Noelle is dedicated to creating art that creates a conversation and adds to the ever-changing narrative about the struggles within identity. Their favorite down-time activity is experiencing the New York City restaurant scene and visiting museums. Fun Fact: Noelle’s favorite tourist attraction is the Circus Sideshow at Coney Island.

Norman is a rising junior majoring in English at Columbia University. A Miami native, he is determined to explore and experience the cultural richness and wonders of New York City as much as possible. His interest in theater, ancient art, historical houses, and connecting with the past, dovetails with his love of photography and traveling—all of which have merged to foster new dreams and adventures. Fun Fact: One day, Norman hopes to travel throughout the world in a van.

Watch for More News This Summer

We look forward to hearing about the work the Bloomberg Arts Internship teens are doing at their host sites this summer and what it’s like to mentor these amazing students as they explore careers in the arts sector.