linocut with 3 colors, edition 2/7
13 x 9 1/2 in.
33 x 24.1 cm
In 2010, Dan McCleary founded Art Division, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth aged 18–25 with accessible, affordable arts training and academic support from working artists, filmmakers, writers, educators, and other professionals. Located in the low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods surrounding historic MacArthur Park, Art Division is also committed to local engagement and building a thriving arts cooperative within the community, presenting exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and special events throughout Los Angeles. In 2014, the 5000-volume Art Division Library opened for students, artists, and the community at large.
"My name is Roberto Ortiz and I grew up and still live in Koreatown. I am 29 years old and I enjoy, especially, making reduction prints and acrylic paintings. I started making art at a young age and was inspired to teach art and continue making art when I first met the people who founded Art Division—Dan, Javier and Maria—at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles), an after-school program for school-aged children. They encouraged me to help teach art at HOLA, which lead me to teach 1st graders. I taught printmaking in Florida and also in the desert near Palm Springs. I also helped run a printmaking workshop for a Día de Los Muertos celebration in Ventura, CA."