September 30, 2022

Meet the Scottsdale Public Art Team: Yazmin

Yazmin Yarely Acosta Sagastume is currently the collections intern for Scottsdale Public Art. Get to know Yazmin through the Q&A below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am currently a senior at Arizona State University majoring in anthropology and minoring in studio art. I have always been an artist and began my college journey as a fine arts major. I eventually figured out that was not the career path for me. I am a second-generation Mexican-Guatemalan immigrant and consider that to be a big part of who I am and how I view the world. I have been working and volunteering for nonprofit organizations for more than six years, starting when I was 16. I began my journey volunteering for local Phoenix social justice organizations and recently more art-centered organizations. I carry that experience with me through all my work.

What duties does the Scottsdale Public Art intern have?

I am the collections intern, and my focus is photographing and updating the Scottsdale Public Art Collection. It is a hefty job, considering it is a collection of more than 1,000 portable and permanent pieces. Outside of this, I assist the lead preparator, Gina Amato, in installations and management of the collection. Every day is different, which is what I love the most.

What does public art mean to you?

To me, public art is reclaiming the original intention behind creation. As much as I love art museums, I think public art will always hold a really important place in our communities. Public art is accessible, and powerful. It can challenge minds, inspire, and give someone hope without any restrictions—all of which art is meant to do. Anyone can have this experience, and that is what I love most about public art. I cannot begin to count how many times I have passed by a mural that stops me in my tracks. I truly believe all art should be publicly accessible.

What is your next step after graduating?

After graduating, I plan on taking a break from academia and find an art-related job until I find the right time to return for my master’s degree. I am taking everything one step at a time and seeing where the flow takes me.

What do you do in your free time?

I am known for picking up a lot of different hobbies, having gone through many hobby phases throughout my life. At the moment, even though I find myself with a lot less free time, I love drinking coffee, spending time with friends, and listening to live music. Whatever I am doing, I like to keep myself busy and creatively engaged. Whether I am attending an art show, cooking, or playing an instrument, you will always find me busy.

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