Hugo Rios remembers seeing finger-paints in preschool and never wanting to put them down. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles he witnessed how fundamental the arts are to culture, community building and enrichment. His experiences with the arts inside and outside a classroom empowered him to pursue a B.A. in Sociology, double minoring in Education Studies and Public Affairs at UCLA. After graduating in 2015 he participated in an Artist Residency for the Turnaround Arts Initiative following with becoming the Community and Educations Programs Assistant at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. He is excited to join LAMusArt and continue growing in arts administration while helping lay bricks for the creative paths of tomorrow.
Having been reengaged in the arts he hopes to aspire younger generations to continue their self discovery and reflection through their own artistic expression. Art, music, drawing and writing played significant roles in Hugo’s creative path and continue to do so. He wishes they will do the same for others and allow the world to become an artistic playground without boundaries so that everyone could explore and learn through the arts. When not advocating for arts education programs he can be found reading a comic book, socializing with friends, or playing video games.