Artist inspires students to take part in Great American Smokeout

Artist Albert Ortiz (seated) greets a student at Desert Ridge Junior High School.

Artist Albert Ortiz (seated) greets a student at Desert Ridge Junior High School.

Students at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Mesa had a visit from artist and anti-tobacco advocate Albert Ortiz on Friday.

Seventh- and eighth-graders had a chance to ask the artist about his inspiration and techniques during the exhibition organized by Maricopa County Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention.

The dozens of paintings are inspiring students in the school’s citizenship and responsibility classes to create their own anti-tobacco posters, which they’ll display at school for the Great American

Smokeout.

Ortiz discusses his work with Middle Schoolers from Mesa

Ortiz discusses his work with Middle Schoolers from Mesa

Middle schoolers view the exhibition.

Middle schoolers view the exhibition.

One Response to Artist inspires students to take part in Great American Smokeout

  1. Jack Spiegel says:

    Al Ortiz was a colleague of mine at Union Camp Corp. I admire what he is doing for these kids. I am a recent surviver of cancer and appreciate his efforts to educate people, (particularly the youth) not to smoke! God bless you, my friend!

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