Crossroads Special Event
Move It to Lose It

Young Artist Donates Painting to C.A.R.E.

Artist Elmi Ventura Mata recently presented his original oil painting, “The People Tree”, to Community Action Reaches Everyone (C.A.R.E.), a non-profit organization.


In 2012, C.A.R.E. awarded Elmi a textbook grant as he began a BFA degree program at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) in Ohio. On July 31, C.A.R.E. President, Mrs. Dora Ramos, and Board Members, Dr. Mary Reece and Ms. Virginia Pattie, accepted Elmi’s gift that will be displayed at the group’s Amboy Avenue office.  

Born in El Salvador, Elmi is primarily a self-taught artist.  With the support of Mr. Reece, his long-time mentor, scholarships and other resources, he attended St. Mary of the Assumption High School where he graduated with high honors.

Prior to college, he earned summer scholarships at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Appel Farm Music and Arts Center in Elmer, NJ.  In 2012, he was selected by Young Audiences of New Jersey to pilot E.A.C.H. (Emerging Arts Creativity Hub), and he received a Governor’s Arts Award.  Currently, Elmi is a second-year Gund Scholar at CIA.

Mrs. Ramos noted Elmi’s success is what brings happiness and pride  to the C.A.R.E.  organization.


To learn more about this program, please contact:
1015 Amboy Ave., Unit C 
Edison, NJ 08837