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ELAC Students at the Smithsonian

Posted on February 7, 2018 by in The OFI Blog

From left to right; SI Interns Melissa Marinero, Gabriella Padilla, Vanessa Quintero, SI staff Amalia Córdova (CFCH), Susan Ades (SIE), Eileen Graham (OFI), Beth Evans (NPG) and Eduardo Díaz (SLC)

During the month of January, three students from East Los Angeles College (ELAC) had the opportunity to intern at the Smithsonian. This was made possible through a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) and the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in Los Angeles.

On the last day of their internship, the interns had the opportunity to make a presentation to SLC staff and their mentors about what they have learned during their month-long internship at the Smithsonian.

The first presenter was Vanessa Quintero who interned at Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH). She participated in selecting films for the Mother Tongue Film Festival. Her favorite memory was learning about counter-narrative films and their impact on the audience.

National Portrait Gallery (NPG) intern Gabriela Padilla had the opportunity to plan and facilitate programs for all ages. Her favorite memory was interacting with the galleries youngest visitors. She enjoyed creating art and having fun with them.

Smithsonian Exhibits (SIE) intern  Melissa Marinero learned more about how exhibits were created. She loved seeing the behind the scenes processes with creating exhibits for the Smithsonian and other external clients. Her favorite memory was getting to watch and participate in installing a new object in the Freer Gallery. She enjoyed seeing the entire creation process.

Congratulations to the ELAC students on your many accomplishments and we hope that you enjoyed your time on the East Coast!