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Amador Arts STUDIO

What is STUDIO?

STUDIO is your free creative space, designed to empower pre-professional, rural, youth creatives as they embark on their journey into the arts and cultural workforce. We’re here to support you in exploring your creative expression while providing professional guidance and pre-college support from rural professionals already thriving in the industry.

Discover your potential, connect with mentors, and pave your path to success with STUDIO.

Join us today and unleash your creativity!

How To Join?

Students interested in participating in STUDIO, please read, complete, sign and return this Amador Arts STUDIO Registration Form 2024 to Amador Arts staff. Once received, staff will reach out to confirm participation. Contact Amador Arts via text/call to (209)256-8166 or by email to

Student Directors

Alec Lashbrook

Student Director Alec Lashbrook

Alec graduated from Mt. Oaks in 2021 and is now studying at Rivers College. He's spent four years at Baker Street West as an actor and two years as an adult leader for Call Church’s Junior Youth Group Program.

Alec's passion lies in fantasy and storytelling. When he's not immersed in his high-fantasy adventure novel or managing his YouTube channel, he enjoys crafting small sculptures as gifts for loved ones.

Annabel White

Student Director Annabel White

Annabel is a Senior at Argonaut High School. Annabel is planning to attend college and work in the art industry in the future. Annabel primarily focuses on digital illustrations and creative writing.

This year Annabel was accepted into the prestigious Student Voices Leadership 2023 and is preparing her own original short animation for the Student Voice Campaign competition. She is an excellent storyteller loves character design, and is on the path to helping other students to engage with arts and cultural activities in their communities.

Angela Johnston

Student Director Angela Johnston

Angela Johnston, a junior at Amador High School, is primarily a visual and digital artist with a passion for storytelling. She aims to bring her narratives to life through animation and comics.

Angela is committed to using her talents to advocate for arts education in Amador. Currently in Drama 1, she plans to advance to Drama and Music Theater in 2025. Angela's future plans include majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theater.

Become An Amador Arts Student Director!

Amador Art Council Student Directors and Board members 2018

How To Apply?

Students interested in this position should submit:

1. A letter of intent describing your personal interests and aspirations.

2. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, administrator, school counselor or coach.

3. A parent/guardian letter granting permission to serve on the Amador Arts Board of Directors. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



  • Age 15-17 (exceptions may be made)
  • Engages in any creative practice
  • Eager to share creative practice with peers
  • Driven to advance arts + cultural access for rural youth

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Build Goal Map with help from Amador Arts
  • Speak up for Arts Education in local schools
  • Prep Art Supplies for kids’ classes
  • Have fun with other rural creatives

Benefits of being a Student Director:

  • Community Service Hours
  • Help with college and job applications
  • Job opportunities
  • Looks great on your resume
  • Cool sweatshirt and stuff!

“Being a Student Director is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in your community, connect with other creative individuals, and develop your skills as an artist and creator!”

Deja Douglas

Former Student Director

Past Student Directors

Lee Thibodeaux

Amador Arts past Student Director Lee Thibodeaut

Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who loves visual arts, reclaimed fashion, creative writing, and music. They are currently attending Columbia Community College and is interested in pursuing a double major in environmental sciences and studio art.

Lee won Best of Show at the 2022 Student Arts Showcase and is a graduate of Amador High School. Lee is working as Amador Arts Administrative Assistant!

Cilladean Hopkins

Cilladean Hopkins is a jewelry and performance artist who focuses on a combination of clowning, musical theatre, and inner child healing. For three years, they had the opportunity to work as a student director and was able to help install the Declaration for Equitable Arts Education in Amador County. The student director experience has helped grow their career options since graduating from Amador High in 2019, allowing opportunities to write for the Ledger Dispatch and providing employment through Amador Arts as the Outreach Coordinator.

London Earnest

London loves traveling and the outdoors and has a passion for Interior Design. She graduated from Amador High in 2023 and is currently attending Weber State University in Ogden Utah to pursue a BA in Interior Design.

Do You Know Your Arts Education Rights? 

Amador Arts aim to ensure every student, parent, and teacher is informed, equipped, and inspired to advocate for equitable access to arts programs across the state.

Learn Your Arts Education Rights by going to

Ready to make a change at your school?
If you’ve noticed any barriers to student rights, it’s time to raise your voice!

Learn how to bring awareness and drive action by going to

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