Originally published March 25, 2013 at 10:55 a.m., updated March 25, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Inocente Izucar, 19-year old artist
Matt D'Arrigo, founder CEO of National City non-profit of ARTS: A reason to survive
From a childhood spent moving from shelter to shelter in San Diego, to standing on the stage of the Academy Awards. Not many people experience such extremes in their lives, especially when they're still only in their teens. The struggles of young artist Inocente Izucar were the subject of the documentary short that won an Oscar this year.
Inocente says the film has given her a voice that she's using not only to change her own life, but to speak for the homeless, the immigrants and the artists who remain invisible in our society.
Inocente will be honored by the City of San Diego this week. On Tuesday, city officials are set to proclaim March 26 as "Inocente Day."