Saturday, April 25, 2009

Inspirational Kids Graduating from Arts School

I joined up this week with graduating students of the 34 118 Performing Arts Academy (named after the longitude/latitude of Boyle Heights), located on the campus of Roosevelt High School . I talked to the kids about the power they have pursuing a life in art - whether it’s through music, painting or photography, or whatever discipline, that theirs is not a passive pursuit - that great art can inspire change. We honored some of the outstanding students and teachers (they’re ALL outstanding), and I invited these young artists to be part of my effort to create an Arts District in Boyle Heights, which I began after I was inspired by the growing art scene in the neighborhood.