For El Segundo High School (ESHS) senior Nayila Moore, attending Howard University is a family tradition. In fact, her parents met while attending Howard University. Moore was also accepted to Spelman College and the Savannah College of Art and Design, but this fall, she will head to Howard University to major in international business and minor in both Spanish and visual art.
“I’m excited to attend Howard University not only because my family has roots there, but also I like the idea of living in the city and the District of Columbia has diversity, political, and cultural aspects that I am interested in experiencing,” said Moore. “I am an artist and I’m interested in incorporating political statements into my art. I want to be more globally-minded and aware, especially as an artist.”
Moore is currently a student in the Visual Arts Pathway at ESHS and has served as an intern at the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) for the past three years. She describes her artwork as “stylized art that is influenced by my mood.” She often depicts African American culture in her pieces. She usually creates portraits and works in pastel, acrylic, and watercolor, and has just started experimenting with oil paint.
Moore plans to make a living as an artist and elected to major in international business in college to learn the important aspects of operating a successful business. “I’m open to different work experiences, so I may begin my career working at a company or two, but my dream is to have my own art-related business,” she said.
Her internship at ESMoA has provided a great foundation for learning some of the business aspects of operating an art gallery, as well as deepened her knowledge related to visual arts. One project Moore worked on during her internship that she is most proud of was the collaboration between ESMoA and The Getty museum. She helped translate artwork descriptions from English to Spanish for ESMoA’s exhibit “Experience 31: HOPE,” featuring video art by Cuban artists, in partnership with The Getty’s exhibit “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” which explored Latin American and Latino art dialogue in Los Angeles. She also organized the Teen Thing program including two annual events, assisted with the senior citizens’ drawing club, and hosted a Poetry Slam event called “Nobel the Remix,” where participants wrote and presented poems inspired by literary works from recent Nobel Prize recipients.
When asked who inspires her, Moore said, “My mother and my mentor at ESMoA, Holly Crawford, have taught me how to experiment and take risks with my artwork, as well as helped me build confidence in both my art and my schoolwork.”
Original artwork by Nayila Moore.