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Kiaera Copes

For just four weeks in the summer of 2013, Kiaera Copes felt like a college student.

Through Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute, Copes was immersed in the intense college art school experience, from taking studio classes modeled after Moore’s BFA program to living in the residence halls to developing finished work for her college admission portfolio.

“It made me feel like I already went to Moore,” Copes said. “It gave me the taste. There were no parents around. It was a fun summer because I could just be myself and focus on my art.”

Copes, a senior at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, had taken fashion classes through the Youth Programs at Moore, and really enjoyed them. But when she received a brochure for SADI, it seemed right up her alley.

“I had been looking for a program like that for a long time,” she said. “I’d never actually done a stay-on-campus program where I could learn about fashion design. I thought it would be cool to be away from home for a whole month.”

Highlights of the program were learning to sew – “I was the only one in the class who didn’t know how to sew but the teacher was really calm and patient and explained it until I understood” – and exploring both the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on field trips.

“Being at Moore just made me want to be a fashion designer even more,” Copes said. “It definitely made me feel it is challenging to be a designer, but it also made me feel more comfortable that it’s the career I want for my future.”

“The Moore community is very nurturing. It feels like a family here. The programs here are fun and they let you express your artistic side.”

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