The UCLA Art & Global Health Center unleashes the transformative power of the arts to advance global health. We use the arts as a tool of research, analysis, and social action to push for improved health domestically and internationally. We seek to understand and implement arts-based projects where various kinds of art and performance make concrete interventions on health issues. A large focus of our work is on holistic sexual health through our two flagship programs, AMP! and Through Positive Eyes. AMP!, also known as Sex Squad, is an arts-based sexual health education supplement to high school curriculum that pushes for inclusive, non-judgmental, student led dialogue and education. Students (university and high school) learn about sexual health issues and then create Theater of the Oppressed performance work that is shared with high school students. Through Positive Eyes is a participatory photography project working with people living with HIV around the world to use photography to share their stories and fight stigma. In addition, we are partnering with the Center for Theater of the Oppressed (Rio de Janeiro) on a summer 2020 study program, on the theme of anti-racism, and we are also preparing for the sixth iteration of This is Bruin Life, a live performance with storytelling, music, dance, and film, to introduce 8,000 new UCLA students to the concept of living—and flourishing—in a diverse community.
We are very enthusiastic to meet potential interns and explore together which project they feel most drawn to, and also what skills they bring to the table that might be of the most use. The four projects mentioned earlier (AMP!/Sex Squad, Through Positive Eyes, Theater of the Oppressed for Anti-Racism, and This is Bruin Life) could all potentially use intern support.
We anticipate collaboratively agreeing on responsibilities based both on project needs and the skill set of the selected intern.
An interest in art and activism is a strong plus, as well as the ability to work both proactively as an individual and collectively as a part of a group. Skills such as project coordination, graphic design, web design, photography, video editing, social media, experience mounting exhibitions, and others are welcome additions.
It is critical that students be prepared to work in an LGBTQI inclusive environment amongst a team striving to reimagine its work with an undoing racism lens inside of an academic institution.
We are housed inside the department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance in Kaufman Hall. Because our UCLA calendar goes until mid-June, there will be other students and interns around for the first half of the internship, and then students on campus (but less so in our office) for the second half.
On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 3.5.
The earlier in the summer that the intern is able to arrive the better, in order to be involved in activities during UCLA’s Spring Quarter.
Quotes from Previous Fellows
“This summer, I have had the wonderful pleasure to intern at UCLA’s Art & Global Health Center, where I have been learning about the different forms arts activism takes to alleviate public health issues around the globe. Among other things, I have been working on creating a website compiling engaging sex-education videos, making them more easily accessible to educators across the country, but particularly to the Center’s partners in Southern California and North Carolina. I have also been working on publishing a photographic project empowering HIV positive individuals from a variety of different countries to share their stories.” Saul Urbina-Johanson, Summer 2018