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AFK Blog
Sep 23
Summer 2019 Interns


From May to August 2019 The Smith Foundation and Artists for Kids were lucky enough to have two summer interns working tirelessly to keep things running smoothly during summer programming. We couldn’t have done it without them!


“It’s a wonderful thing to have these graduates of our programs back supporting art education for the latest group of young artists. They come in with the experience of having participated in the very classes that they are supporting and can hit the ground running. We love seeing our alumni in this new role and can’t wait to see where life takes them next.”

— Yolande Martinello, Artists For Kids Director


A few words from Julia Woldmo who spends the school year studying Fine Arts — Painting and Textiles at Concordia University.

Working with Tiko Kerr throughout the summer for the Smith gallery outreach programming was an incredible experience! Doing collage workshops with folks from diverse backgrounds throughout the community was a highlight for sure. Also, going up to the Artists for Kids camp never disappoints, my fifth year back as the studio tech was awesome. The takeaway for me and what makes this summer an invaluable experience is the inspiration and community that emanates from creating art alongside others.

Overall, a radiant summer!

A few words from Sophia Boutsakis who spends the school year studying Fine Arts – Painting and Printmaking at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

As a student of Artists for Kids, I learned valuable skills that have helped me achieve successes in my academic and professional careers. This summer, I was able to return to AFK as an intern. This opportunity allowed me to apply the skills that I acquired through their programs, to an administrative role that included teaching assistance with gallery programs and summer camps, studio management and maintenance, and archival work with the permanent collection. The opportunity provided even more learning for me as a university student and an emerging artist. It is a great feeling to be involved in the programs that provided me with such support and encouragement as a young artist!


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