"[I wanted] to try and create something that feels right for myself. When I create, it’s my time to do what I love and what attracts me. If someone gets inspired through my work it pushes me to keep on creating.
I don’ t have a specific goal with this piece. I want to create a painting which is developed overtime, and allows me to have fun. I’m taking everything day by day, and I want to create something that looks appealing to the eye.
Art has shaped me into the person I am today. Whether it’s writing, painting, or music, each has taught me lessons of life. It’s allowed me to become more open, free, and passionate about the things I love.
I chose to do this project because I saw it as a way to get back to the things I enjoy again. It reminded me of the feelings I get when I create and how much everyone needs art in their life."
"In my art, I capture the beauty of who I am and where I come from. The beauty of coming from a Hispanic culture and growing in a place where other cultures collide. By filling my pieces with color and different mediums to be the energy I want to display.
Being able to go to school is honestly the most amazing thing ever. Learning about different art techniques and seeing other art being made can be the best environment one can be in. I’ve learned and improved all of my previous art forms and have gotten inspired by others' art.
I decided to do this project because I wanted to help give back to nonprofits who have helped me express myself and become the person I am today.
My career plan is to get a bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach in illustration and or studio art. Then be able to create my own little small business and make more art to inspire people."
"My art aims to create a visual language that communicates emotional and metaphysical messages on a physical medium. I make art about life itself, which is also emotional, metaphysical and physical.
Education in the arts helped me exercise the gift of creativity. Being able to have to support during my formative years as an artist has helped me become the artist I am today. Coming from an education in the arts, I am confident to continue my career as an artist.
I chose to participate in this opportunity because I want to show the world what places like Inner-City Arts can do to a person’s life. Having proper funding in arts education will create generations of people who want to give back to the culture and communities that made them who they are.
My future career plan is to become a master at screen printing and integrate that with my art in hopes to become a full time professional artist. I also want to continue curating and organizing art shows under the collective called Go-Getter-Tribe.
This piece is called Give Back which is inspired by the idea of getting the support you need to grow and giving back so others can also grow. I can personally connect this to Inner-City Arts and what they’ve done for me as an artist. The opportunity to create a piece of work to fundraise for amazing programs and causes is my way of giving back."
"When it comes to creating art, I am really just practicing emotional therapy. I like to use symbolism to imply my interests, ideas, or passions. I like to allow my emotions to take the lead. Thumbnails and guides mostly never work for me since I more often than not just go with the flow as I try to convey an artistic point.
I have a deep appreciation for the arts education. Having a safe space where I could explore my ideas and emotions was an integral part of developing my identity, Not only did I learn to have a healthy form of expression to help my mental well-being, it also allowed me to have an open mind. The way I perceive the world is of value for everything. Inner-City Arts was my safe space, and until the day I die, it will continue to be so.
Due to the pandemic and lack of an arts facility in my life, I chose to do this project because I wanted to reconnect with my artist roots. After graduating highschool, I was no longer surrounded by art or art materials. This really allowed me to once again immerse myself into something I love doing. Who wouldn't want to participate in something they live and breathe for?
I have no exact future career plan. I am currently majoring in Political Science and am interested in working in a Government office, but I also aspire to continue my art journey as an artist. So who knows, I’m hoping life will just guide me."
"I have wanted to go into the film industry for as long as I can remember and started taking filmmaking classes at the age of 10. When I joined Inner-City Arts, film classes were not offered and I had to try something new which is the best thing that could have happened to me. I quickly learned that strengthening one skill helped me with another, even if I didn’t always realize it at first. Graphic Design assisted my photo editing capabilities, creative writing strengthened my ability to articulate my thoughts and, in turn, strengthened my ability to convey those visually. In short, making art has changed my approach to learning and reflecting as a whole.
I grew up in Los Angeles in a working class family. My family did not have the privilege of allotting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on extracurricular activities but we were able to find wonderful nonprofits that offered free youth art classes, one of which was Inner-City Arts. I stepped onto campus as a seventh grader, upset that my mom would try to sign me up for something so early in the morning during my weekend, but in the end, I never left. I would not be the person I am today if it were not for Inner-City Arts and so it is my hope to contribute to the wonderful program that gave me so much.
My piece, titled Narcissist, explores the relationship between my work, myself as an artist, and the way it is viewed externally. I make a lot of work about my identity with much of it being self-portraiture. I wondered if viewers who were family with my work would think I was a narcissistic creator with a god complex. Much like religious texts describe a god as the creator of our shared universe, I am the creator of my universe which I enter through my art-making. I give my artwork life but, with that said, it gives me life in return. In this way, we create a trifecta: myself as a human being, my art as an individual entity, and myself as an artist and creator. "
"I approach my creative work by thinking about what has been in my head lately, what I have been feeling, and what is something I want to show to the world. I want my artwork to impact people to the point that they feel inspired to create, regardless of what medium it is.
The ways the exploration of arts have impacted me is by making me feel capable of being able to accomplish anything that comes in my way. I’m able to hold an inner peace in me, which allows me to think clearly and of the world around me.
I chose to do this project because I wanted to spend my time doing something I enjoy and to keep myself reminded that I am an artist. I want people to know who I am, what I am great at, and what my ambitions are.
My future career plans include going to graduate school eventually, and landing a job at a tech company, such as Disney or Google, where I can use my artistic skills and my leadership skills to work with people on projects.
My pieces both include usage of bright colors, and animals in them, which are two things I enjoy associating myself with. I made sure to make my art seem almost realistic but also surreal, so I can showcase to people where I am right now in my skill set."
Future career plan: Animator or Art Education
"I enjoy letting the excitement of creating guide what I put on canvas! I hope my work can help demonstrate that art isn’t something to be intimidated by or seen as a challenge, I believe there’s room for everyone to have a creative outlet.
My piece is called “Adapt”. The previous year has shown me how in times of crisis, we’re very fluid in how we adjust to situations.
Art education helped reassure me that art is an important career option. I learned about the creative work that goes into everything we consume (graphic design, film, music)
I chose to do this project because I want to support non-profits and the mission to provide art education to underprivileged students."
Future career plan: Concept Artist within Animation, Video-games, and Entertainment Media
"My art exists as a form for me to authentically express myself and my values. I am an activist in mental health, trauma, human rights, identity politics, and the environment. Everyone has value and there is hope to inspire others with love in my creativity.
The piece, "Elsewhere" is an acrylic based painting on canvas and was made during June 2021. Elsewhere represents a place where I could find enjoyment and escape my current stresses of life. It's part of my process of this story I'm working on. A world that's apocalyptic, but instead of associating it with being deserted and lonely, it's beautiful and peaceful.
Growing up I was always generally a creative person and interested in the arts among media. Art non-profits in Los Angeles became deeply involved in my life when I was 16 and had transferred into Continuation. Art and it's community ,has helped me transformed and grow so much as a person. It's become more than just simple hobby enjoyment, but a mission and passion for me to feel whole as a person.
I chose to do Painting with the Stars, because it helps me stay in-touch with my self and work towards my purpose to share my values of awareness and change the world for the better. I feel like I've been focusing so much on trying to survive as of late, and creating this piece helps remind me that I have a bigger purpose in life."
"Personally, after finishing courses at PCC, I plan on venturing into the world of creative writing for both tabletop board games and comic book narratives. Professionally I would love to aid in bringing arts education to children of underserved communities in LA county. Both career paths may converge at any point in time, but until then, I focus on my education and freelance jobs for any artform I practice.
When I create art, my pieces focus on the story of human thought represented by goofy looking characters. Outer space fascinates me and is a frequent subject in my work. I think of it as an allegory for the many headspaces one can enter at any given time. If anyone takes anything away from my art I want them to take a moment to laugh, then another moment to consider how they feel in the moment.
'Battery' tells the tale of a well meaning alien who wants to dazzle earthlings with their positive attitude but unintentionally saps the energy from those around them. The landscape featured in this piece is based on a photo I took at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and took 2/3s of my time to paint with acrylic paint. On the other hand the alien creature (and minor details) were painted using paint pens for a flatter cartoon-like effect.
I’ve lived in a family of artists all my life but started to realize the impact art had on me in my senior year of high school when I started attending Inner-city Arts. It was here I realized art was much more than an escape. It is my vehicle to share my experience with others and to have them create their own with my work.
This project piqued my interest for 2 reasons: 1 being the fact that I had free range over the prompt, and 2 being the fact that I’d be contributing to Inner-City Arts!"