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Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness welcomed Inocente to Seattle Sept. 26-28, 2013. Inocente is the unstoppable teenage Latina artist from San Diego who inspired the beautiful film INOCENTE, this year's Academy Award™ winner for Best Documentary Short.

See highlights from Inocente's visit on our Facebook page.

Media Highlights

Listen to her interview with KIRO Radio's Rachel Belle during the "Ron & Don Show" and see the gorgeous cover story about her in Real Change News.

About her Visit

During her visit, Inocente also conducted a workshop for the youth served by Sanctuary Art Center in Seattle’s University District, attended a screening of INOCENTE at Seattle Art Museum Friday night, Sept. 27, and led arts activities at Family Day at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center.

About the Film

The film chronicles this irresistibly likable young girl who has overcome poverty and homelessness to win widespread recognition for her whimsical, colorful artworks. See the trailer here, and read this beautiful review of the film by our grad assistant Perry Firth, on Firesteel.

About the Event

    • Before the film, Inocente led arts activities for young people age 12 and up, with the help of youth from Sanctuary Art Center (SAC).
    • Guests watched the 40-minute film in SAM’s Plestcheeff Auditorium.
    • Afterwards., Sandra Jackson Dumont, deputy director of Education and Public Programs at Seattle Art Museum, moderated an audience Q&A with Inocente and arts organizations who mentor young people. The discussion included Matt D’Arrigo of A Reason To Survive (ARTS) in San Diego, Inocente’s mentor who was featured in the film, and Troy Carter, executive director of Sanctuary Art Center.
  • Reception: cmd+p, 201 Yesler Way, Suite 200, Seattle, 8:30-10 p.m. After the film, guests gathered for a reception at cmd+p, the Pioneer Square gallery of Sanctuary Art Center. At the reception, we could see and purchase art by Inocente and the young people who participate in SAC’s programs.
    • See samples of Inocente’s art at
    • Like her on Facebook and see her postings about her art as she creates it, at “Inocente!!!”

Tickets were $5 for both the film and reception. The Sanctuary Screenprinting package for $25 included a movie ticket plus a youth-designed T-shirt. Ticket sales benefited SAC’s arts programs for homeless youth and young adults.

The event was presented by Seattle University in partnership with Seattle Art Museum and Sanctuary Art Center, and supported by numerous community partner organizations.

About Sanctuary Art Center

Sanctuary Art Center is the arts organization serving homeless youth and young adults in Seattle’s University District. Through the Sanctuary Screenprinting program, SAC employs homeless youth and young adults in 10-week internships where they learn not only the trade of screenprinting, but also employment and job skills.


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