Tiana LaPointe joined In Progress at the age of 13 when she made a video about Native Art through her school The Four Directions Charter School. She has been an important part of In Progress ever since. She is now an accomplished documentary filmmaker, a teaching artist and the In Progress Studio Manager.
1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: I was just fifteen when I made my first documentary with In Progress. It motivated me to want to tell stories, the stories of others, It boosted my confidence and gave me a voice.
2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: In Progress believes in the potential of young artists to tell the stories that need to be told. Somebody is always there willing to work with you step by step - planning the interviews, teaching us how to use the equipment, someone to call with questions, to help edit.... In Progress is consistent with its support.
3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: In Progress makes young people feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves. We are not just one person - youth help to build everything.
4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: Knowing that I can make a difference, that I can make In progress even more unique. Everyone who walks into one of our programs is immediately part of In Progress.