Growing up in a low income neighborhood in Fresno, California, I was always wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up. My first drawing of my dream job was to be an artist even though a likely outcome would be to become a migrant worker like my parents and grandparents. My school at the time would provide a curriculum in which art was part of my day almost daily. I know now that this would be the most integral years of my life. We moved to Dallas and my passion for art never left me. I feel that the push that the National Endowment for the Arts would provide for schools, communities, and the country as a whole would be a driving factor of what I am earning and planning to become now. I hope to someday be a part of an organization that allows children like I once was to practice and believe that there is so much more that you can realize with the arts as a building block in one's life. I thank this organization for being the unsung hero in my life. The NEA is continuously working behind the scenes to keep creativity, individuality, and culture in this country's history for generations to come.