BIOGRAPHY:

Jon Hinojosa

Jon Hinojosa

Cultural Arts

For the past 20 years, Jon has served as the Artistic and Executive Director of SAY Sí, a national award winning, creative youth development program for urban high school and middle school students. The program began with 8 students from one high school and now encompasses 6 distinct multidisciplinary arts programs, yearly serving over 200 youth on-site and four thousand youth in community programming.

Jon has helped orchestrate the organization’s growth, including leading fundraising effort to purchase and rehabilitate a 26,000 square foot warehouse into its permanent campus in San Antonio’s Cultural Arts District. In 2014, SAY Sí completed the final phase of its campus creating new programming spaces – including the establishment of San Antonio’s first “game design” technology lab. The Wallace Foundation recently highlighted SAY Sí as an exemplary national arts learning model that needs to be replicated across the country.

Jon is also a producing and exhibiting visual artist and is active in professional - local, regional and national arts education initiatives, including currently serving as a national trustee for the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Jon has presented and facilitated learning at numerous conferences and symposia on the value, tangible evidence, and the transformative power the arts have on urban youth, these include Grant Makers for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Jon is also an Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders - Arts Fellow, A joint program of National Arts Strategies and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was recently presented with a national award for his work in arts education by the Americans for the Arts.

Jon hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educating the next generation of our nation’s creative leaders.

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