CAP Students, Teachers Earn Awards

CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP) offers after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 6-18 in every discipline taught at CalArts. CAP instructors at partner sites and schools throughout Los Angeles County teach youth artists to create original works in visual art, media and performance, and to experiment with conventions of artistic expression.

Two CAP teachers and three students have recently won awards for their work. Below is a round-up:

CAP Student Accolades

Stephanie Delazeri

Longtime CAP student and La Salle High School senior Stephanie Delazeri won awards for two films at the third annual Los Angeles Student Film Festival: Best of Show and Best Animation for The Horror, and Best Animation for In The HomeThe festival drew some 300 entries from Los Angeles County high school students.

Delazeri studied animation in CAP’s Sony Pictures Media Arts Program at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock with Chris Peters, in the CAP High School Animation Program at Inner-City Arts with Leo Hobaica, and at the CAP Summer Arts Program with Hobaica and Erica Larsen. CAP also receives $1000 for the award.

Stephen Curtiss

Fifteen-year old Stephen Curtiss, who has participated in CAP’s Sony Pictures Media Arts Program at the Watts Towers Arts Center for the past five years, is one of only nine students in the United States to win Toyota’s Dream Car Design Contest for his design. Curtiss won a Nook tablet, among other prizes, and is a finalist for a trip to Japan.

Curtiss studies art and animation with faculty Betty Lee and recently led an arts workshop for kids at the Toyota Corporate Headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Penelope Uribe-Abee

High school senior Penelope Uribe-Abee was one of two top Grand Prize Finalists in Spotlight Visual Arts, Two Dimensional Art, which is awarded by The Music Center. She will be presented with the award in a ceremony at The Music Center on May 4.

Uribe-Abee has participated in the CAP Youth Theater Program at Plaza de la Raza with BJ Dodge and faculty Marvin Tunney, in the CAP Summer Arts Program with faculty Anthony McCann, and in the After-School Photography Program at Cortines High School taught by faculty Suné Woods.

CAP Teachers Receive Fellowships

Nicole Mathis-Berman (Dance BFA 00) and Denise Davis (Photography MFA 99) were both awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship by the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy.

Mathis-Berman, a dance teacher at the Art Theater Entertainment School (ArTES) in San Fernando, Calif., teaches in CAP programs working with CalArts’ Jazz and World Music Programs. Davis, a photography teacher at Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts in Los Angeles, taught as part of CAP while attending CalArts.

The artists are 2 of 20 awardees nationwide, and each receive a $5,500 fellowship, while their schools are awarded a $1,500 grant to support their teaching activities.

For a list of CAP’s long-term programs, visit the CAP website.

Above is Delazeri’s student film The Horror.

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