LUCY MATOS


Our last day at Catherine Street shelter was pretty rough. There were a lot of hugs & teary eyes. That day it clicked for us just how important it was for Art Start to be a part of their lives.

Lucy raised $622 for Art Start's 24th bday. 

She is passionate about bringing the arts to underserved NYC youth & has been a committed visual art & theater volunteer for 2-years.  


What inspired you to get involved with Art Start?

I grew up on the Lower East Side in NYC in the 80’s, so at a young age I was fully aware of poverty and struggle.  When I moved back to NYC after living upstate for many years, I knew I wanted to help somehow. 

 

What are some creative ways you used to get people to donate to your Campaign?

Social media helped a lot!  And of course my family and friends; I am still so thankful for their donations and helping me spread the word!

 

What is your most memorable moment as a volunteer?

Our last day at the Catherine Street shelter was pretty rough. There were a lot of hugs and teary eyes. We were excited for the kids to be going to a place better suited for them but sad to see them go at the same time. Although love and appreciation had always been expressed by the kids and their parents, that day it clicked for us just how important it was for Art Start to be a part of their lives.

 


What else are you passionate about?

I really love painting. I’m currently in school for Early Childhood Education, but I try to squeeze in a painting class every semester.  My great grandfather was a painter, and taught art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League.  My grandfather studied with Fernand Léger and Josef Albers, so art is strongly embedded in my roots.


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