CSSSA College Connection Visits Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Marshall Ayers College, Drawing & Painting, Getting Into College, High School, Sponsors, Student Resources, Summer Program, Visual Arts, Visual Arts

Meet Chuck Chuck Alston attended California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2013 and studied painting. He is currently a freshman at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Growing up in Richmond, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chuck knew from a very young age that art was part of his identity and …

How Doing a TEDx Talk Changed My Life

Marshall Ayers Events, Poetry, Writing

Spoken word poet, writer and college student Connie Martinez reflects on her experience giving a TEDx Talk. At the age of 17: Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient to become a Nobel Peace prize winner. Lydia Ko ranked third among pro women golfers (AND she’s the youngest millionaire in Ladies Professional Golf Association history), Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (most commonly …

The CSSSA College Connection Visits Bennington College

Brennan Dignan Music, Performing Arts, Sponsors, Student Resources

Meet Isabel, CSSSA 2012 Los Angeles native Isabel Wing attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) music program in 2012. If you asked her in high school if she would end up in rural Vermont for college she would have said it wasn’t even on her radar.  Isabel came to CSSSA when she ran across an advertisement for the …

Actor Alicia Green Hears A Noise Within

Marshall Ayers Acting, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Performing Arts, Sponsors

Actor Alicia Green has found her artistic calling through her work at A Noise Within theatre company. Alicia Green has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator for over eight years in New York, Denver and Los Angeles. She is a working actor with a passion for bringing the arts into the classroom of every student. Alicia and her …

Mr. Poole Goes to Washington with the Armory Center for the Arts

Marshall Ayers Events, Visual Arts

The Armory Center for the Arts receives the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Before last week high school senior Dalon Poole had never traveled away from his hometown of Pasadena, California, or been on a plane, much less gotten a hug from the First Lady. These were some pretty big life events for this aspiring teen photographer. …

Connect Week 2015 Panel Explores Intersection of Art and Technology

Marshall Ayers Events, Performing Arts, Sponsors, Visual Arts

DO ART AND TECHNOLOGY GO TOGETHER? Should artists embrace technology, or stick to pen and paper? Once you involve a computer, is it really even art any more? Is technology ruining art, or making it better? “Get Art Out of Technology” was a roundtable panel discussion held last week as part of the Innovate Pasadena Connect Week 2015. Convened by Echo-Factory, …

CSSSA People – Leslie Fraser

Heidi Kershaw Artist Profiles, Dance, Performing Arts, Sponsors

Meet Leslie Leslie Fraser is a 2003 CSSSA (California State Summer School for the Arts) dance alum who now enjoys working in her field of interest, dance! She reflects on her life as a CSSSA student and credits it with being the bedrock of her work ethic. The intense time commitment charged Fraser to rehearse eight hours per day in class, …

CSSSA People – Pablo Lopez

Heidi Kershaw Acting, College, Conservatory, High School, Performing Arts, Performing Arts, Playwriting, Sponsors, Summer Program

“Being an artist is such a lucky thing to be.” Meet Pablo! Pablo Lopez attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Theater program in 2012. As a high school student, he didn’t know what to expect from the experience, but he was open to whatever was going to happen that summer. He admits, “Little did I know …

Career Pathways in Arts And Technology With Eddie Lee

Marshall Ayers 3D (Gaming & Printing), Career Advice, Get a Life in the Arts, High School, Internships, Sponsors, Student Resources, Visual Arts

You like music. You like art. You like tech. How can you learn what a career pathway in the arts and technology is really like while you are still in high school? Take a play from Eddie Lee. Eddie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has a deep passion for real-time graphics technology and a fascination in mending …