Yes, we really LOVE this school! The Orange County School of the Arts is our neighbor, located just down Sycamore Street from Grand Central Art Center. If you don’t know this school, you should. As stated in their own words “This premier public charter school currently serves more than 1,850 students in grades 7-12 from more than 120 cities throughout Southern California.”
Their students visit us all the time, through formal classes with their instructors, to groups of friends dropping over after school. Last week, a wonderful group of students came over after school and we provided them with a tour, and they entertained us with a little improvisational performance work. Truly talented and inspired young individuals.
Earlier this week, OCSA teacher Randy Au brought two of his classes for tours and conversations. GCAC Direct/Chief Curator John D. Spiak talked with the student about the work of artist Tony de los Reyes and theories of abstract painting. They asked outstanding questions about the work, as well as questions about institutional decision making, artist selection and curatorial process.
Yesterday, Mr. Au brought another group of his students. They spent time talking with our GCAC team member Yevgeniya Mikhailik, who also happens to be an amazing artist, about the work of artist Erin Morrison. Yevgeniva curated Erin’s exhibition and talked about her process, this body of work and her own role at GCAC. They shared their thoughts and asked more questions. It’s clear by their questions, these young artists are learning a dialogue and critical thinking that will lead to great success moving forward.
We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have such great neighbors!