IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MEET OUR NEW PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Asherah Weiss is a Sonoma County native, educator, community artist, and organizer. Since receiving her BFA from California College of the Arts 12 years ago, she has helped start many projects that bring people together around creativity and placemaking in Sonoma County and the Bay Area. A few include the PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, Sebastopol Village Building Convergence, and womb space collaborative arts in Santa Rosa.
Her belief in the democracy of the arts has inspired her to bring creativity to people of all ages and abilities, including as a credentialed art teacher at Healdsburg Junior High through the first school years of the pandemic. Last year, she co-created the viral project Peptoc, a hotline and series of posters with uplifting messages from West Side Elementary students (call 707-8PEPTOC; peptoc.net), and is now continuing the project with Jessica Martin in the form of a book full of young people’s wisdom and humor from around the world.
Her excitement lies in what creativity can do for the world— making things more collaborative, sustainable, beautiful and meaningful. Asherah is excited to add her spark as the Programs Director to this mission-driven organization that is so aligned with her values.
TEEN APPRENTICESHIPS AND DROP-IN SESSIONS
Would you like to add art experience to your portfolio and resume?
Are you majoring in art or design?
Are you interested in an arts or design career?
Drop -In Sessions
These sessions are a great opportunity for new students to be introduced to Artstart before applying and committing to a full session as an Artstart apprentice.
The apprenticeship program is a way for teens in Sonoma County to get hands-on experience in a creative work space.
ONGOING: WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS
These are paid internships available to WOIA youth participants in Sonoma County. For more details, please visit the Long-Term Internships page.