Plinth is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting cultural institutions. The previous two years Plinth has been promoting and highlighting innovative and educational programming within cultural institutions throughout the country via our online publication. While we believe sharing articles across the world was an important piece to our work, we felt it was time to embark on a much more direct path that will effect the cultural sector in a powerful way.
Introducing the Plinth Institute: The first arts administration program designed for high school students.
Beginning in September 2016, we are bringing together cultural institutions across LA to educate students from two Los Angeles Unified District High Schools, the Los Angeles High School of the Arts and the School for Visual Arts and Humanities, to introduce students to key staff and their institutions. We're also working with 826LA through innovative museum and arts related workshops to strengthen our students written and communication skills.
- The Plinth Institute is an opportunity for students in Los Angeles to discover career opportunities within the visual and performing arts.
- We are creating partnerships with Los Angeles institutions that will work with our students to provide them with direct access to information on becoming a leader within the arts.
- Students will visit a different museum or performing art center on one Saturday each month over ten months. They will tour, learn, network, and interact with professionals in a wide range of departments within a wide range of institutions.
- Our pilot program launches in September 2016 in the Los Angeles High School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts and Humanities, both located on the campus of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on Wilshire Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles.
- Upon completion of the program, our students will have engaged with more than thirty professionals from ten different cultural institutions and created three writing projects anchored in Common Core's Career and College Readiness Standards and designed to meet the needs of tomorrow's art administrator.
- For their commitment and successful journey through the Plinth Institute, each students receives a $500 stipend at the end of the program.
We are looking forward to the program launch and introducing our students to the great institutions that make up LA's cultural landscape as we prepare them to lead our future.
Follow us on our journey and lend a hand where you can.