Change Maker: Kenny

Melanie

“My college experience has empowered me with knowledge so that I can be a successful artist and a successful student.”

Kenny—Importance of Education

We spoke with Kenny via email in May and June 2014.

Kenny A., 22, was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Century Center for Economic Opportunity (CCEO YouthBuild) in Lennox, Calif. Kenny now attends El Camino College where he majors in fine art, pursuing his dream to be an artist and sculpture teacher. Kenny’s art has been featured in news articles and displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Kenny shares his beliefs about the importance of education.

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My family members never had any educational goals. Because they lacked a strong academic foundation, their careers did not pan out as they had envisioned. My family has struggled because they don’t have the educational background to get where they want to be in life. Seeing that has pushed me to take full advantage of my education.

To become a successful artist, you need to learn the fundamentals of art. I believe that postsecondary education is very important for me to work in the industry. Before attending college, I taught myself how to use charcoal and acrylic paint, but I knew I needed to learn more about using these substances and other available methods. I wanted the experience of working with professors and fellow artists and to be in an environment where I could learn from my peers and allow for artistic critiques. During my two years at El Camino College, I have learned the fundamentals of drawing and how to work with clay, bronze, wax, casting molds, and digital painting. My college experience has empowered me with knowledge so that I can be a successful artist and a successful student.