Jolene Fernandez is a Teaching Artist at LA Promise Fund. Fernandez provides media arts integration and instruction to middle school classrooms in South Los Angeles through the federally funded ArtsMatter program.
Prior to joining LAPF, she worked as the Education Associate and a Teaching Artist at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER), where she developed and delivered CFAER Teens: the Center’s first initiative to bring hybrid; cost-accessible; teen-centric arts programming to historically underrepresented and under-resourced youth in Northeast LA. Concurrently, Fernandez served as a Teaching Artist with UCLA Arts’ Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program, creating alongside a diverse range of students at the UCLA Community School; the Hammer Museum; and the Pasadena Senior Center.
Fernandez is a first-generation UCLA alum, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE). An avid painter and illustrator, she has maintained a lifelong personal and professional commitment to the arts, with a firm belief that access to a high-quality arts education must not be a privilege, but a right for all.