Brianna Duarte

Bishop Amat Memorial High School

Growing up in Boyle Heights, I have been exposed to a rich amount of culture and art, especially graffiti and murals, since I was a baby. Many people in Boyle Heights often went to community college- if they graduated high school. I told myself I wanted more and made it a goal to go to a university. As a senior in high school, I started to look for schools I wanted to apply to and found that there was one thing that would ultimately be the deciding factor on where I went: Tuition. I realized how difficult it is to pay for a higher education, and that most people took out loans that they were stuck paying years after they graduated. This is what inspired my piece. I made a stencil of a young man graduating college, but instead of a diploma, he receives the amount of money that he owes. This is an issue that is becoming more prominent, especially in our generation and I wanted to visually represent this through my art to raise even more awareness towards it.
Growing up in Boyle Heights, I have been exposed to a rich amount of culture and art, especially graffiti and murals, since I was a baby. Many people in Boyle Heights often went to community college- if they graduated high school. I told myself I wanted more and made it a goal to go to a university. As a senior in high school, I started to look for schools I wanted to apply to and found that there was one thing that would ultimately be the deciding factor on where I went: Tuition. I realized how difficult it is to pay for a higher education, and that most people took out loans that they were stuck paying years after they graduated. This is what inspired my piece. I made a stencil of a young man graduating college, but instead of a diploma, he receives the amount of money that he owes. This is an issue that is becoming more prominent, especially in our generation and I wanted to visually represent this through my art to raise even more awareness towards it.