Meet the Newest Faces of the P.S. ARTS team!

on August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Meet the Newest Faces of the P.S. ARTS team!

There are many new faces at P.S. ARTS, please join us in welcoming our new Events Assistant Clarissa, Inside Out Community Arts Program Coordinator KT, Administrative Assistant Nikki, and Program Assistant Oscar!

Clarissa Hampton, Events Assistant

Clarissa Hampton, Events Assistant
Briefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.
Hello, I’m Clarissa and I’m the new Events Assistant here at P.S. ARTS which means I help put together the events that raise money for our programs! I actually have a wide range of responsibilities in this role, including: scaling the packed shelves in storage, “voluntelling” coworkers and friends to work events, and very politely asking people to help fund our programs.

What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently working my way through 1Q84. It’s a beautiful read, and I look forward to finishing it sometime this decade.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod?
It has to be “Train in Vain” by The Clash. It’s my all-time favorite and my go-to when life/work/traffic is getting the best of me!

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?
You could ask me this question one hundred times and I would have a different answer each time! For brevity’s sake, I’m going to say LACE. Not only is the programming unapologetically radical, but it’s also run by some very rad (and smart and forward-thinking and compassionate) women. Disclaimer: I interned at LACE so I might be a little biased.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?
North West. No contest. Her style is fire and she’s basically American royalty.

KT Leuterio, Program Coordinator

KT Leuterio, Inside Out Community Arts Program Coordinator
Briefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.
My name is KT Leuterio, and I am the Inside Out Community Arts Program Coordinator. In this position, I help make sure that the Inside Out program is running smoothly at each of the sites. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied Film/Media at UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m about to re-start Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I didn’t finish reading it last time I opened it up, so I’m excited to dig in once again. It was highly recommended by a friend of mine.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod?
I don’t actually own an iPod… I’m usually listening to the radio in the car or a random Spotify playlist at my desk.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?
I just recently visited LACMA for the first time, and it was an incredible afternoon. I visited the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit, as well as “Reigning Men”, which displayed the history of men’s fashion. I didn’t get a chance to see every exhibition in the space, so I plan on visiting again soon.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?
Tina Fey. She’s an incredibly talented actor and writer, and a major inspiration for me. I relate to a lot of her work, so it’d be an amazing treat to have coffee with her!

Nikki Manibhai, Administrative Assistant

Nikki Manibhai, Administrative Assistant
Briefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.
Hello! My name is Nikki Manibhai and I come to P.S. ARTS from the museum world. I am excited to start this transition and my new journey as P.S. ARTS’ new Administrative Assistant. As the Admin Assistant I will be maintaining office operations and providing administrative support to senior staff. Other than the office day-to-day, other common responsibilities include human resources-related tasks as well as record-keeping and mailings involving the donor database.  

What book is currently on your nightstand?
As a former Harry Potter fanatic, I just had to know how the story truly ends. So, I am currently nearing the end of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod?
There isn’t necessarily a single song, but rather an album. I’ve been recently listening to Frank Ocean’s Blond(e) on repeat.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?
Hmm, that is a great question. I would have to say the theater. Although we aren’t New York, Los Angeles has some great playhouses. I enjoy both musicals and plays – the songs, the drama, the visuals and fanciness of it all make for a great fun-filled, and art-filled, night out. I can’t wait for Hamilton to arrive in August 2017!

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?
I would love to meet Ellen DeGeneres! She has a great heart, funny, intelligent, and incredibly genuine. I would love to play Ellen in your ear with her at a Starbucks 🙂

Oscar Navarrete, Program Assistant

Oscar Navarrete, Program Assistant
Briefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.
My name is Oscar Navarrete, and I’m the new Program Assistant at P.S. ARTS. My responsibilities include supporting our wonderful Teaching Artists, as well as our Program Team. I’ll also be organizing for our Family Art Night events, which I’m most excited about!

What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’ve taken a break from more traditional books since I graduated from university, but I’ve recently started rebuilding my graphic novel collection. The Black Panther is one of my favorite series at the moment because of its socio-political commentary. The Vision series is a really good read also.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod?
I haven’t exactly checked, but I’m almost positive it’s something by Kendrick Lamar. He’s one of my favorite artists at the moment. “Untitled #2” might be the song I’ve played the most.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?
My favorite art is that which is most accessible. I find most of it out in the streets. I’ve grown up and currently live in Koreatown, right by the Downtown area, which is saturated with all kinds of street art. Some of it is violent, some of it is righteous, and some of it is right in between, but it’s fascinating to dwell on the stories behind each piece.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?
Man, I don’t drink coffee, but if I could talk to Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN in Mexico I’d definitely buy us a cup or two. This is a tough question; Keith Haring would be a close second.

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