College and Career Preparation

Work of Art is a college and career exploration program designed to prepare teens with the skills, training, and real-world experience necessary to prepare them for life beyond high school. Eligible teens are high school students enrolled in the Middle and High School Visual, Media & Performing Arts Institutes program, have an interest in exploring a career in the creative economy, and a desire for mentorship.

The Work of Art program provides a safe, non-judgmental space for teens to identify and explore their career interests/aptitudes, and provides a supportive community of adults and peers.

Work of Art launched as a pilot program during the summer of 2013 with eight students.

Since then, a total of 94 underserved teens have been provided opportunities for skill building, training and real-world experiences to help them prepare for life beyond high school.

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Students may apply in the winter of each year to enter the program. The application process includes submission of an application form, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and an interview. Once accepted, participants will be afforded seven fun and engaging program activities:

  • Career, creative exploration and personal discovery workshops.
  • Field trips such as college fairs, arts experiences at professional cultural institutions, and outdoor retreats.
  • Career Day activities with partners in the creative economy
  • One-on-one consultations with Work of Art Program Manager at conclusion of each term
  • Enrollment in one or more Institutes workshop(s) per term
  • Summer employment at Inner-City Arts
  • Inner-City Arts-funded externships with partners in creative industries


“If I could say anything about Work of Art, it would be that those shadow days are so valuable. I think you are awesome for giving/finding a person a tailored agenda for those days.”

Jennifer Smith College, Class of 2020

“With this externship, I'm expected to know how to draw and animate [...] My skills are constantly put to the test and I have to always find a fine line between what Rob [wants], his vision for the project and the gift of creative freedom that he has allowed me to have.” (On working with Dreamworks Story Artist Rob Gibbs)

Noel High School Senior, Graduating June 2017

“[...] I have also learned the importance of trying new things. I thought I would have trouble adapting, but my experience [...] was so amazing and fun. I enjoyed it a lot.”

Montzerrat Future Architect, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Class of 2020

“Goal #1: Figure out what college I will go to and reach the college of my dreams.” (From the Goal Setting Workshop in the summer preceding her senior year)

Tatiana USC Class of 2020

“As I write to you, I have all of my things packed and I'm more than ready to begin a future in Michigan. You have shown me a vast network of opportunity, everything -- from college workshops, panel speaker, [...] -- has finally paid off. My family and I cannot thank you enough for the possibilities you have opened us too, and for assisting me in my journey into Posse.”

Gabriel Ugarte Posse Scholar, Kalamazoo College Class of 2020

The following Work of Art activities are open to the public. For more information, please contact Program Manager Holli Hornlien at

Sunday October 29

Saturday November 11
 @ 12:30-2PM

Brooke Mason Photography
Children's Institute
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Disney Television Animation
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Invertigo Dance Theatre
New Film Makers LA
Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc.
Pancake Epidemic
Poser Productions
Rio Hondo College
The Enso Collaborative
The Maestro Foundation
Trader Joes
Alexander McQueen
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Clare V Bags
CO Architects
Disney Imagineers
Flourish Foundation
LA Downtowner
Marciano Art Foundation
Midnight Oil
New Form Digital
Night School Studio
OW! (Online Worlds) Entertainment
Pasadena Arts Center
Penny Lovell Styling (represented by The Only Agency)
Robert Kuo Gallery
Sound Hound
Tape Echo Music LLC
Tender Greens
The Fowler Museum
Versa Style Dance
Wallaby Financial (Bankrate Inc.)
Warner Bros. Records
Wells Fargo

For more information about our Work of Art Program, please contact:

Holli Hornlien
Programs Manager
(213) 627-9621 x 117

“Everybody I met at Inner-City Arts is a bowl of sunshine. I really did grow as a person in class, and I learned new skills that I can use in everyday life.”

– Inner-City Arts High School Student