Drawing on her past careers as both artist and teacher Christina DePaul works to shape young artists' futures
After a scholarship at age 15 allowed her to blossom as an artist, Christina DePaul now works to each year offer 150 young artists the opportunity to grow their talent as president and CEO of YoungArts, a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
The Miami-based organization allows talented student artists in different disciplines from around the country access to programs and scholarships to help them pursue their artistic dreams. This year, the non-profit started a regional program, YoungArts Miami.
"We'll be holding workshops and lots of professional practices of how to become a professional artist, because all the students that come to us, that is ultimately their goal," Ms. DePaul explained.
A longtime artist and teacher, she turned her career to administrator to help rescue struggling art programs. She took the lead at YoungArts last year.
Today, Ms. DePaul's focus is to increase the organization's exposure and raise more funds to allow more of the 6,000 students who apply each year a shot at reaching their artistic potential.
Ms. DePaul discussed her efforts in an interview with Miami Today reporter Yudislaidy Fernandez at the organization's Brickell offices.
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