Art prodigy Autumn de Forest took time out of her busy schedule of painting, philanthropy and yes, homework, to speak with ABC7 in Washington, D.C. about art education and her blossoming career.
Autumn appeared on the February 9, 2017 episode of “Good Morning Washington” on WJLA-TV. The young artist highlighted the importance of art education and how programs like Turnaround Arts are vital to keeping art in schools. The private-public program recruits celebrities, musicians and artists such as Autumn to visit underfunded and under-performing schools to inspire students to express themselves creatively.
Autumn has visited schools around the country, including Washington D.C., New York and California to teach students painting techniques and how to create self-portraits.
“It’s so wonderful going in there and actually being able to talk with these kids and paint with them and really empower them,” Autumn tells ABC7.
As the news anchor states, the 15-year-old Autumn has a resume that older artists would love to own. The segment highlights Autumn receiving the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art, an award given by the Vatican. The award is given to individuals age 35 and under who demonstrate exceptional talents in the arts and serve as role models in their community. The award allowed Autumn the opportunity to present His Holiness Pope Francis with a work of art that now hangs in the Vatican.
Autumn is also the youngest artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. More recently, the artist held an exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. In the news segment, Autumn even hints at her upcoming spread in Teen Vogue.
Watch Autumn’s interview at WJLA.com.
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