Art is a music producer, engineer and rapper/recording artist with a passion for inspiring youth to realize their full potential. He began at Street Poets in 2007 as an intern through the Poet-in-Residence program and gradually expanded his skills and capabilities until on the responsibilities of recording studio engineer. He performs his poetry and music with Street Poets in a variety of public venues, and co-facilitates music production and rapping/writing sessions in the SP recording studio. Art is an interdisciplinary artist, writing and producing music and shooting video projects for Los Angeles’ underground hip-hop scene. As a teaching artist, he has over 12 years of experience mentoring youth in and around Los Angeles’ public high schools and probation facilities. Art is a graduate fellow of the National Juvenile Justice Institute’s Leadership Training program, and serves as Street Poets representative on the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network’s advocacy team.