United Arts Coalition

Inspiring you to play, imagine, learn, and create.

Art Focused

We provide a wide array of creative tools and resources across all artistic mediums for youth to explore and use to stimulate their creativity.

Forward Thinking

We help youth discover, develop, and hone their creative abilities, which over time translate into valuable job skills that can inform future careers.

Community Center

Our goal is to establish an inclusive environment where youth and their families can gather to practice and showcase their talents with the community.

Technology Driven

We strive to provide the latest in software and technological tools that facilitate cutting edge graphic arts, programming, and film / photography techniques.

Our Story

UAC was founded on the premise that youth should have access to the tools and resources they need to unlock their creativity. Many of our organization’s founding members and directors can personally attest to the profound effect that encountering the arts as children or young adults had on their lives, later careers, and how it has positively shaped them as individuals. Unfortunately, around the world art programs in schools from elementary all the way up to the university level are being cut. We refuse to stand by and watch these invaluable programs be deemed superfluous. The arts are our culture. It is through the many artistic mediums that we tell our stories. At UAC, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to access the critical resources they need to discover, hone and express their creativity.

Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas

President

Creative Director at Cadwell Industries, Inc., and owner of Grafx Multimedia, LLC., and 509 Hype. Carlos is a former United States Marine and a combat veteran. Throughout his 9-year service, he assisted in several humanitarian missions, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami relief in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Carlos is passionate about helping others, and improving community involvement by hosting functions, teaching, and bringing awareness. Carlos sees a great importance in youth outreach. Engaging, and developing a child’s mind at its earliest stages leads to greater retention and future success. Carlos was greatly influenced as a child by school teachers, principals, and resource officers. They always pushed and motivated him to follow his dreams, and expand his creativity by sharing it with his community.

Michelle Rivas

Michelle Rivas

Treasurer

Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad

Secretary

Freelance journalist, writer, and editor by trade, Laura is passionate about putting creative resources in the hands of youth. A former elementary school library assistant, Laura has directly witnessed the urgent need for creative outlets for children, especially low-income youth whose resources are limited. “Having loved writing stories and dabbling in the fine arts from a young age, I find it imperative that, as a society, we continue to provide accessible resources for our children that stimulate curiosity and enable them to cultivate their innate creativity.” Laura graduated from the University of Washington in English: Creative Writing, and plans to foray into the middle grade and young adult genres. She is currently working on her first novel.

Ivan Rojas

Ivan Rojas

Director

Junior De La Mora

Junior De La Mora

Director