My Nonprofit Reviews
Five 4 Five
Review for California State Summer School Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I guess I am what you would call A Client Served. Both my children went to CSSSA nine years apart and both had exquisite experiences. They both became artists --my daughter Gina Maggiore Brownstein became a visual artist and my son Maximilian Maggiore Brownstein went into theater as a stage lighting and sound expert on Broadway. I think CSSSA had a very strong say in encouraging and guiding all of these young people to make the brave choice to make art the centerpiece of their lives.
I remember helping Gina at 16, nervous and unsure of her genius, to make her application. She had a body of work but it wasn't until the application process that I saw her look and herself and all she had been doing as an endeavor that would claim her the rest of her life. She wrote little while she was at CSSSA that summer but she called once or twice and was ecstatic. "The teachers are so great! The kids are so great! There's a guy walking around here in a dress!" My husband and I were going through a divorce that summer and Gina received the CSSSA experience as a healing as well as a launching pad for her new, her very own life. Eventually, Gina became a photography teacher and the head of her department in an inner city LA high school. She helped about a dozen of her students get into CSSSA. Many of them went on to accept both the healing and the inspiration that the artists at CSSSA gave them that critical summer.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Maybe have alumni follow-up days. Perhaps have a class or two in all the career directions artists can take and how to make that happen.