Erick Altamirano was introduced to LAMusArt at an early age after receiving the annual La Opinion Art Competition Scholarship. His early exposure in the arts directed him to a new lifestyle away from the popular street violence and vandalism that surrounded him at the time. In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Now, Erick is a full time art teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and is working on an Masters of Fine Arts. Erick’s objective at LAMusArt is to introduce students to new art techniques that will expand their critical thinking skills, problem solving and social interaction through conceptual art means. As an art educator and member of this community, his goal is to instill in each of his students the confidence that LAMusArt gave him.