Homeless teen artist shines in "Inocente"


by New Day Producers


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 12:38 PM

The winner for the Best Documentary Short at this year's Academy Awards features a remarkable teen from San Diego. "Inocente" is about a young girl who overcame homelessness and poverty to win widespread recognition for art.

There are kids like Inocente everywhere.  In Washington State, more than 27,000 school-aged children were reported as homeless in the 2011-2012 school year. In an effort to shine a light on this subject, Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness is presenting a screening of the film at Seattle Art Museum, along with two of the movie's stars. 

Matt D’Arrigo,  founder of the organization "A Reason to Survive" and Inocent,  the subject of the oscar-winning film, joined Margaret to talk about the documentary and their passion to help homeless teens find their voices. Troy Carter, Executive Director of Sanctuary Art Center in Seattle, also joined the conversation.

Seattle University, Seattle Art Museum and Sanctuary Art Center  are co-hosting "An Evening with Inocente" Friday, September 27 at Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Avenue). The event will begin at 6:00pm with Inocente leading an art workshop for children and teens served by Sanctuary Art Center. A screening of "Inocente" takes place at 6:45pm, followed by an audience discussion featuring Inocente and others. For tickets and other event information, please click here.

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