Meet our new intern, Kaia!

November 12, 2014

We’re thrilled to welcome new intern, Kaia Rose Bethea to the Arts For All Team!

AFA: Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kaia Rose. I was born and raised in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. A few things I can say about myself, is that I am a visual artist, as well as a “fashionista”. Children, art and fashion are the three most important areas in my life. I express my love of art through my artistic skills, design aesthetics and personal style, which keeps my spirits high all the time! Traveling to other cities and countries, to experience different cultures is apart of my life that I truly enjoy. Currently I speak English, French and I am learning Spanish. I am an Early Childhood Education/Special Education major at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Attending art galleries, museums, curating fashion shows and working with children allows me to be an extremely driven, hands on and a positive-minded individual. More so, I am one who believes in continuous growth and improvement.

AFA:What three words best describe you?
Creative, Sanguine, Wanderlust.

 AFA:What is your artistic background? What background do you have in arts education?

I fell in love with art when I received my first paint set as a little girl; that’s when the magic began. My artistic background has always been my ability to have a keen eye for color and coordination in any design I have worked on. Since I was a  child, working on color palates and using all types of materials to model my ideas has always been my strong parts of my diagrams. My background in fashion has been creating visual window displays, personal styling for clients, styling of photo shoots for artists, magazines and brands I have worked for in the past. Along with curating art and music showcases, I have personally assisted several visual artists with art shows, auctions and events.

As far as arts education, I have taught after school art classes at PS. 287 in Brooklyn. I have worked as an Assistant Coordinator and Art Instructor for NPO (non profit organization) Skraptacular, located in Washington Heights. At Skraptacular, my job consisted of the facilitation in the planning, development and delivery of the overall program. Through the organization, I have taught environmental art workshops at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center, created arts & craft lesson plans and curriculum for art fairs and scheduled workshops for underprivileged children programs at The United Palace Cathedral located in Harlem.

AFA: Why did you want to become an intern at AFA?

Art has always been a major factor in my life. Growing up, it kept me interested and focused on my other studies. My craft and passion to teach art and share with the youth is something that allows me to give as well as gather fresh ideas, while providing leadership and great morals to our future generation. There is nothing more rewarding than working with children; they allow me to channel my inner child and bring back memories of the joyous feeling that art gave me when I was a kid. Knowing that art programs are becoming eliminated in schools and that children will have no access to expressing their creativity is disturbing to me and I plan to be a part of that change.

As a student majoring in early childhood education, searching for an internship where I would gain a great deal of experience that would further enhance my current skills was a compelling reason for wanting to be an intern for Arts for All. In researching art based NPOs in the New York City area I came across AFA and their aim to provide artistic opportunities to underprivileged children and schools, this instantly drew me towards the organization. Working towards my goals while helping organizations such as AFA will not only bring out the best in me but also bring to AFA a young woman who wants to help and provide quality service to those in need. A true quid pro quo.

AFA: What’s your favorite piece of art? Be it theatre, a painting, a song…and why?

One of my favorites is a three-piece series created by artist Mathamatics Patterson called Queens. The representation on a royal Egyptian queen is what intrigued me the most in the series. In Queens, the artist depicts Egyptian queen Nefertiti on three different canvases. The focal points of the three canvases are powerful woman, and Mathamatics displays his view of woman through his modern day image of Nefertiti. A collage of words cut from newspaper articles surround the figure of the royal queen. Mathamatics uses the words to describe the qualities of a strong woman by defining every woman as a queen, and Nefertiti is his muse in the art pieces. The viewer is captured by the detailing used to exhibit the distinct features in Nefertiti’s silhouette. I admire the techniques and materials used to create the mixed media canvases in Queens. The overall layout and presentation of each piece tells a different story from the next.











Queens by Mathamatics Patterson

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