Aria Luna featured in Cartoon Network’s Hispanic Heritage Month
Young Latina artist shares her commitment to the environment on national children’s TV network
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, September 22, 2020—Young Latina artist and artivist Aria Luna is featured in Cartoon Network’s 2020 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. Aria Luna and her work appear in the episode titled “Drawn to… Action,” a segment about Latin and Hispanic children who are changing the world through their passion, creativity, and talent. The segment first airs today, and will air every day this week at 12:24pm ET. It will also roll out across the Cartoon Network’s YouTube, Instagram, and other social media channels.
Aria Luna is no stranger to raising awareness and support for the environment and her community. In October 2017, when she was just seven years old, she created a large modular mural about an epic dragon battle titled Dragon Storm, helping raise funds to support the Latino communities impacted by wildfires in Santa Rosa, California. The following year, she created Fusion Tide, a traveling exhibit of 7 large paintings that tell the story of Bogo Mogo, a fearsome plastic monster, and four Guardians of the Sea battling him in an allegory of the plastic pollution choking our oceans. Fusion Tide debuted at Google headquarters in July 2018 and has been traveling since then, inspiring hundreds of children and adults to pay more attention to the plastic crisis. In the fall of 2019, Aria Luna was commissioned by the Aquarium of the Bay to paint one of thirty six-foot-tall fiberglass sea lion statues, now on display throughout the Embarcadero of San Francisco. Her sea lion, who she named Deep Blue, sits outside the Chart House restaurant at the world-famous Pier 39.
Since then, in addition to her regular art exhibitions, Aria Luna’s art has been featured by the Creative Action Network, the Sierra Club, the Ocean Future Fund, International Ocean Film Festival, March for the Ocean, the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center (PPJC), and other organizations.
Aria Luna has appeared in online events including the Virtual 4th Annual World Oceans Day celebration, Ocean Future Fund’s Ocean Youth Summit 2020, and in-person events including the PPJC’s 2019 Global Climate Strike, the City of Mountain View’s Earth Day 2019, and the Harvest Festival of Palo Alto. She is a youth member of two youth organizations fighting for climate and social justice: the Sunrise Movement and This Is Zero Hour.
“I feel honored to be a part of the Cartoon Network’s special series on Latin and Hispanic culture,” said Aria Luna. “I love animation and cartoons, and I hope this program will help spread the message of caring for our planet and environment, and that my art will inspire lots of people.”
The Cartoon Network’s “Drawn to” series celebrates equality and individuality of diverse cultures; the Hispanic Heritage Month episodes include “Family,” “Action,” and “Storytelling.” The Hispanic Heritage Month series is narrated by Sean-Ryan Petersen, voice of Valentino in CN’s hit series, “Victor and Valentino."
The Cartoon Network's "Drawn to Action" episode appears on the following channels:
ABOUT ARIA LUNA
Aria Luna is one of the world’s youngest exhibiting artists and a changemaker who uses the power of her art to raise public awareness of environmental and social issues. Her traveling exhibit Fusion Tide addresses plastic pollution in our oceans and has been displayed at Google, the Consulate of Colombia, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the City of Mountain View, and other venues. Her first public art commission is a six-foot sea lion statue currently on display at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited internationally, sold to private collectors in the United States, and has raised funds for ocean conservation and wildfire relief. Visit Aria Luna at www.arialuna.com or follow her on Instagram.