Raul teaching Drawing Comics in the Chandler Gallery in 2010 while MMA was under construction
In his career thus far, Raul the Third has not only embodied the spirit of Maud Morgan the artist but also that of Maud Morgan Arts. His history here has touched almost all of our programs – from being the first instructor for MMA, to teaching in Agassiz Baldwin’s Afterschool and Outback summer program. As this year’s Spirit Awards honoree, Raul will be recognized not only for his many contributions to our community but to those all over Boston and beyond.
“It is such an honor to be awarded a Spirit Award, and I look forward to continuing to uphold the legacy of Maud and her commitment to introducing youth to the arts,” Gonzalez said.
Outside of his work in our programs, Raul has been exhibited in cities from New York to Los Angeles, has been honored by the Artadia Foundation for Arts and Culture and was voted 2010 Best Visual Artist by Boston Phoenix readers. His talents have even taken him to opportunities like contributing to Spongebob Squarepants comic books and designing posters for bands such as Mates of State and Shepherdess. Of all his accomplishments, though, Gonzalez still holds his work as a teacher near and dear.
“I love when students feel at home in my classroom to create and speak freely about their passions,” he shared. “I have seen students’ confidence grow when they realize that they are not alone in their interests and that there are others out there just like them whose footsteps they can begin to follow.”
A panel from Lowriders Blast from the Past, Raul’s forthcoming book with Author Cathy Camper from Chronicle Books, available at the Spirit Awards. Make sure you stop by the Chandler Gallery for an exhibition detailing how this graphic novel was made.
Gonzalez’s values of giving young artists a space to safely grow and explore echoes the very mission of the Spirit Awards’, which is to help MMA increase its impact on the community through scholarships and expanded programming. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to create a night that both recognizes artists who have made their mark while looking to the future at those artists who have yet to.
This year’s gala will take place Sunday September 23rd at MMA (20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge). Please join us for an evening of art, live music, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available ahead of time for $40 or $50 at the door.