TAMIKA ADAMS, Audience Development Intern

July, 2016

Q: Why are the arts in Los Angeles important?
A: The arts are the most honest, accurate representation of life in Los Angeles. Considering the vastness and sprawl of Los Angeles County, the arts institutions draw communities together. 

Q: If you could have an exotic animal as a pet, what would yours be and why?
A: No question, falcon. The animal is a homing device for food. Seriously, falcon all day.

Q: If you had one piece of advice to give to future interns participating in this program, what would it be?
A: Practice good listening. And I don't mean just sit there; truly listen with all of your focus because the things you will learn will echo in ways you never anticipated.

Q: What’s your favorite type of art to see and what’s your favorite type of art to practice?
A: My favorite art to see is theater because it portrays perspectives and relationships that can be cathartic and life-changing. My favorite art to practice would be dance because I can express myself with my entire body and release any struggle or joy in movement.

Q: What has been the most valuable thing you have learned from your internship thus far?
A: The most valuable thing I will take away from this internship is that the arts can only survive when passionate people are there to be its steward. There are many hidden machinations performed behind the scenes and I will never again take the arts for granted.