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Ed Gomes


Local Students Chosen for Art Internships

The Connecticut Office of the Arts recently launched its Arts Workplace Initiative, a paid 10-week internship program giving college students and emerging arts professionals an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience with creative organizations throughout the state.

I'd like to congratulate three students from our community who were chosen for the program.

Maritza Quintuna

Maritza Quintuna, Bridgeport
School: Housatonic Community College Graphic Design Program, Sophomore
Placed at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport

Maritza was born in the Bronx, NY in 1995. She is an Ecuadorian artist. Most of her life she lived in Ecuador, and in 2011, she came back to the United States. As an artist, she gets inspired by nature--not just its concept but its movement. She wants to demonstrate different ways about the abstract illusion of organic lines as a representation of nature in body paint, photography, portrait, landscape and abstract paintings. As a person, her drive is her family; even though they are miles apart, she will never forget where she came from.


Jhulenty Delossantos, Bridgeport
School: Housatonic Community College
Placed at TheaterWorks, Hartford

Jhulenty is a very hardworking and dedicated young man who has aimed his focus toward the arts. He loves to learn from those who may not always be willing to teach, and he aspires to spread positivity through art in any way that he can.


Hunter Mitchell-Adams, Stratford
School: Trinity College, Senior
Placed at Neighborhood Studios, Bridgeport

Hunter's major is Urban Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Urban Development and Environmental Policy, while pursuing a Studio Arts minor. Coming from a single-mother household in Stratford, he and his twin sister were taught that kindness and empathy were of the utmost importance. As an accomplished swimmer and record holder, he has been competitively swimming for over 10 years. He is also the president of his school's Food Recovery Program and creative editor of Trinity College's "The Beacon" magazine. Hunter studied in China in the summer of 2016 and Barcelona, Catalonia in the fall of 2016.

The Arts Workplace Initiative is designed to give applicants from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to gain professional experience in the arts. The CT Office of the Arts selected 10 individuals specializing in the areas of arts administration, curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts and matched them with a Connecticut organization aligned with their professional goals.

Investing in young artist professionals in the state is extremely important to the future of the arts in Connecticut, and it helps support our thriving economy.