Art Saved My Life: Talking with Inocente

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Matt D'Arrigo and Inocente at the Oscars, 2013. Photo courtesy of Matt D'Arrigo

Matt D'Arrigo and Inocente at the Oscars, 2013. Photo courtesy of Matt D'Arrigo

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:: Inocente's gripping journey from homeless teenager to full-fledged artist was beautifully captured in this film which won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. But the story doesn't end there. After years of drifting from shelter to shelter, Inocente, now 19, not only has a permanent place to call home, she has serious interest in her artwork, and most impressively, a vocation to advocate for other disenfranchised teens and general access to arts education. Art not only saved her life; art transformed it.

Special thanks to Matt D'Arrigo and Rob Tobin of A Reason to Survive [A.R.T.S] for their generosity and their help. A.R.T.S is the nonprofit that was instrumental in helping Inocente get back on her feet.