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Launched in the wake of civil unrest, program builds leadership
and supports local arts non-profits

June 12, 2007

LOS ANGELES—The Getty Foundation celebrates the 15th anniversary of its heralded Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program this week, as it welcomes the 153 new interns of 2007.

The Foundation kicks off the annual summer program June 20, with special presentations by LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and theater troupe Culture Clash at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.

Launched in the wake of Los Angeles’ civil unrest in 1992, the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program seeks to increase staff diversity within visual arts organizations.  “This is a wonderful way to encourage students to develop an interest in careers in the visual arts while at the same time to support organizations in our community,” says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation.

The selective program attracts outstanding students for internships at more than 86 organizations across Los Angeles County.  Since 1993 more than 2,000 interns have completed internships at museums and arts organizations large and small across Los Angeles County.  The program‘s success inspired the Los Angeles County Art Commission to create a parallel program in 2000 focusing on the performing and literary arts.

As a Multicultural Undergraduate Intern at the Getty in 2004, Rafael Frausto, a Van Nuys native and UC Santa Cruz student, glimpsed a whole new world.  “It opened up so many doors for me – not just building relationships, but mentally demystifying the art world,” he says.  “I didn’t know how large the art world was; I saw how art gets made and I realized it wasn’t impossible for me to be part of it.”

Encouraged by his experience as an intern, Frausto spent a year studying design in Barcelona, and is now freelancing as a graphic designer, while applying for a Fulbright scholarship to study design in Germany.

The students are not the only ones who benefit from the program.  For many of the arts organizations, the interns provide much-needed staffing each summer.  The California African American Museum, under the leadership of executive director, Charmaine Jefferson, is entering its second year as a participant in the Getty Institute's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program.  Ms. Jefferson said, "This program provides invaluable assistance for organizations like CAAM through access to future leaders who are not only training to be critical thinkers but whose hearts are already in sync with our mission.  At the same time, we can offer an equally important opportunity for students to be mentored and learn what it truly takes to run a non-profit business through an experience that is hands-on, up close and public service oriented.”

In its 15th year, the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program has achieved a noteworty milestone.  “Now that several of our earliest interns have gone on to assume leadership positions in local arts organizations, we are delighted to see that they are now hosting their own Getty interns,” said Marrow.

Throughout the summer, in addition to their daily responsibilities as interns, the students will participate in workshops and field trips to broaden their exposure to the regional arts community.  They will be visiting the arts community of Pasadena, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the African American Museum in Exposition Park, 18th Street/Highways in Santa Monica, the Fowler and the Hammer Museums at UCLA, and other sites.

Attached is a list of the non-profit institutions that will be hosting this summer’s Multicultural Undergraduate Interns.

WHAT: 15th Anniversary of the Getty Foundation Multicultural
Undergraduate Internship Program

WHO: LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; theatre troupe Culture Clash; Jim Wood, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust; multicultural interns from across Los Angeles County; other Getty and LA County officials.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 10:30-11:30a,

WHERE:   Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades

PLEASE CALL: Julie Jaskol at (310) 440-7607 or email
to arrange for parking at the Getty Villa.

2007 MUI Grant Recipients

A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona
Angels Gate Cultural Center, Inc., San Pedro
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center Inc., Los Angeles
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
Art Share Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Arts and Services for Disabled, Inc., Long Beach
Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, Los Angeles
Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles
Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc.
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
California Science Center Foundation, Los Angeles
California State University Long Beach Foundation, Long Beach
Catalina Island Museum Society, Inc., Avalon
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles
City of Arcadia
City of Culver City
City of Los Angeles
City of Pasadena
City of Pico Rivera
City of Santa Monica
City of Torrance
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Inc., Pasadena
Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Arts Division of the City of Los Angeles
Drum Barracks Garrison and Society, Wilmington
Eagle Rock Community Cultural Association,
18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica
El Pueblo Park Association, Los Angeles
Friends of Banning Park Corporation, Wilmington
Friends of Hollyhock House, Inc., Los Angeles
Friends of the Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
Friends of the Los Angeles River, Los Angeles
Friends of the Schindler House, West Hollywood
Friends, the Foundation of the California African-American Museum, Los Angeles
Hebrew Union College - Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino
Highways, Inc., Santa Monica
Historic Italian Hall Foundation, Pasadena
Historical Society of Long Beach,
Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles
Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles
Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
Kidspace A Participatory Museum, Pasadena
LA Freewaves, Los Angeles
LAXART, Los Angeles
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation
Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, Inc., Arcadia
Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Conservancy
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Inc.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation
Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona
Museum Associates, Los Angeles
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
Office of Historic Resources of the City of Los Angeles
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
P.S. Arts, Los Angeles
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
Palos Verdes Community Arts Association, Rancho Palos Verdes
Pasadena Heritage
Pharmaka, Los Angeles
Plaza de la Raza, Incorporated, Los Angeles
Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, Inc., Long Beach
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont
Regents of the University of California, UCLA
Ryman Carroll Foundation, Los Angeles
St. Elmo Village, Inc., Los Angeles
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Scripps College, Claremont
Southern California Asian American Studies Central, Los Angeles
Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles
Tierra del Sol Center for the Handicapped Foundation, Claremont
The Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles
Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods
Vincent Price Art Gallery Foundation, Monterey Park

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Melissa Abraham
Getty Communications Department

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