Abraham Aragundi
Education Program Administrative Specialist

Abraham Aaron Aragundi is an Artist and Arts advocate from Compton, California. During his youth, he was accepted to the Ryman Arts and California State Summer School for the Arts programs where he was able to grow as a visual artist focusing on color pencil, acrylic, oil painting and mixed media. Through these experiences, he was recognized by the California Legislature as a Youth Arts Scholar, while being able to showcase his work at the African American Museum, Museum Of Latin American Art, and the Cannon House Office in Washington D.C. before graduating High School. Through his experience as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, he realized his role as an arts advocate through the work accomplished as a Programs Coordinator for the Chicano Latino Resources Center (El Centro), by curating Art Galleries and events which focused on the struggles, hopes and accomplishments of the Latino communities within California and beyond. Right after graduating, he continued to find opportunities to grow as an arts advocate at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Summer Night Lights program under the Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) office. His last position in this office, the Art Program Coordinator role, played a big part in his growth as an arts advocate. For 3 years, he supervised over 50 visual/performing artists, and Physical health instructors conducting educational workshops and community events across 32 locations in Los Angeles County reaching more than 30 thousand community members each year. Abraham’s goal is to continue to provide art educational services and creative career opportunities to youth and adults, while also making art work that is relevant to his life’s struggles and accomplishments as a queer Latino artist.