Marshall Fundamental Secondary School Academy for Creative Industries Hosts Career Day

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11:07 am | October 1, 2017


Marshall Fundamental Secondary School’s Academy for Creative Industries (ACI) hosted its “ACI Career Day” on September 27th. The ACI Career Day’s purpose was to provide students with direct exposure to professionals in the creative arts industries and the opportunity to earn work-based learning hours. Students acquired firsthand knowledge how professional artists use the creative process in their respective fields. They learned the importance of respecting and starting from the bottom, having determination, and using collaboration as a key skill. Our Keynote speaker emphasized continuing education through appreciation of all the arts including visiting museums, observing light, appreciating photography, attending musical concerts, traveling abroad, and most importantly attending college. ACI is part Pasadena Unified School District’s College and Career Pathway Program and prepares students for various pathways to college and careers. Our illustrious list of presenters included:

- Keynote Speaker, J. Kevin Swain, music video director and producer who’s worked with a variety of artists in array of music genres. Artists include Tupac Shakur, John Legend, Erykah Badu, Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Linkin Park, David Bowie; clients include AEG, BET, Centric, Eagle Rock Productions, Universal Records, and many more.

- Rob Brownstein, actor, teacher, and acting coach; credits include “Straight Out of Compton,” “Argo,” and “Mad Men.”

-Nina Edwards, International World Class Operatic Soprano whose credits include Teatro Dell Opera in Rome, Italy and more. Ms. Edwards is also a PUSD graduate.

- Pam Lewis, artist, educator, and museum curator affiliated with the Art Galleries at College of the Canyons, the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and more.

- Chris Moore, musician, writer, and performer currently drumming with “Ultraphonix.”

- Steve Nice, business manager, artist management, and music licensing professional. Owner of Nice Management consulting company specializing in artist and composer management, synch licensing and radio promotion consulting.

- Katrina Cabrera Ortega, television writer on Hulu’s “Shut Eye”

- Jay Sanders, graduate in aerospace engineering, Art Center – Executive Director Transportation Design.

- Julie Ward, prop maker and writer. Her work can be seen in “Gone Girl,” “Mad Men,” “Rosewood,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and more.

- Lamont Westmoreland, visual artist and educator. His art design and collection combines painting, collage and assemblage to create artwork which takes a critical look at racism in America. His work is currently exhibited at the Watts Tower.

The Academy of Creative Industries enrolls 293 students grades 9th – 12th. More than 200 students participated in the day’s event.

Lanisha Kelly, ACI Administrator
Maria Torres, ACI Counselor
Richard Rosa, College and Career Pathway Coach
Luis Rendon, ACI Lead Teacher
Felita Kealing, Assist Coordinator of Marketing
Sulamita Salguero, Community Assistant
Dr. Mark Anderson, Principal