Avalon Lafosse, 1st teen to win a Segerstrom Center for the Arts leadership award, is out to save the world through art therapy
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Avalon Lafosse, 1st teen to win a Segerstrom Center for the Arts leadership award, is out to save the world through art therapy

Avalon LaFosse, center, a 16-year-old 11th grader at OCSHA helps Maylee Brooklyn Santiago, 3, left, and Justice Hope Hendrix, 5, right, with an art project at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts prior to a performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in Costa Mesa on Thursday, May 30, 2019. LaFosse launched her own charity, A.R.T. – Art for Relaxation Therapy, that helps children in the hospital cope with their stress and emotions. On June 6, Avalon LaFosse will become the first ever teen nominated to receive the prestigious Segerstrom Center for the Arts Leadership Award in Arts And Business.(Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) In the midst of high school graduation ceremonies, it seems almost too early to introduce a student about to enter her senior year. Then again, perhaps it’s the perfect time. On Tuesday, June 4, 16-year-old Avalon Lafosse will become the first teenager to receive a Segerstrom Center for the Arts leadership award. The cool thing is that the award isn’t just about Lafosse’s personal artistic accomplishments, although there is that. It’s also about how she teaches art to kids, has developed a team approach and, in turn, inspires more young people to reach […]

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