Raymundo Baltazar is the Director of Arts Programs at LA Promise Fund. Baltazar oversees Media ArtsMatter, a multi-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and collaborates with community partners from Los Angeles’ creative industries to promote learning through the arts.
Prior to joining the LA Promise Fund, he worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator for UCLA Arts’ Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program. Balthazar is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and fashion industry consultant. He has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector, most notably working with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
A first-generation UCLA alum, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Arts and Cultures, and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE); and received an A.A. in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Today, it is his life’s commitment to do all he can to dismantle the many obstacles that still prevent queer BIPOC youth from achieving their full potential. Working as an educator has been rewarding to him, especially by witnessing communities bonding, not just through a diaspora but rather by embracing the idea that they can be artists of meaning and consequence regardless of zip code or personal experiences.