27 Mar Scholars and Leaders: Lucy Cornenjo
Scholars and Leaders is a series featuring students in programs led by LA Promise Fund (LAPF). LA Promise Fund is a nonprofit education management organization that prepares students for success in college, career and life through a network of high-performing, community-based schools and a portfolio of programs, such as the ArtsMatter program. The ArtsMatter program, a program of LAPF, provides high-impact arts education programming for Los Angeles schools.
Los Angeles is the world capital of media and entertainment, yet most LA County schools do not prepare students to take on jobs in these industries. ArtsMatter addresses these gaps by creating and sharing educational programming based in media arts to increase exposure and access to career pathways and equip students of color with the skills they need for success in the local creative economy.
Lucy chose to participate in the ArtsMatter program because she was looking for something that she could connect to. “I got to explore something new and I got to know more about who I am as an artist,” said Lucy. Lucy participated in the ArtsMatter summer animation camp, where the instructors introduced her to animation.
“I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for the experiences I have been through because of the programs ArtsMatter offers,” said Lucy. “When I first got to the U.S., I never thought I would find a community of artists as welcoming as ArtsMatter. My first time working with them was in my advisory class. As a result, I got to work with them again during the Summer Animation Camp in 2021. I got to explore something new, and I got to know more about myself as an artist. It would not be possible for me to be where I am without ArtsMatter’s help and support.
Lucy shared that “ArtsMatter is like a family to me. A family that helps you develop as a person and as an artist. I will never be able to describe how grateful and happy I am with everything I have learned through this program. The work done by ArtsMatter is unique, and it is amazing to see how they manage to connect with the youth in LA through the arts. I can’t say enough about how much I cherish the help they have given me, as well as the ongoing work they do.”One of the many programs that let students investigate many forms of media art is Art Matter. The fact that kids are learning more about digital art and other pieces of material from renowned producers and artists is another encouraging sign. Please visit our website ArtsMatter and follow us on Instagram @ArtsMatter for additional details on how to unleash your creative side.
- Written By Kelisha Gonzlez