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  • Palacios is new Las Artes director

    Sep 21, 2015 | Read More News
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    Arnold PalaciosArnold Palacios, who has spent more than 30 years working with youth as an educator, principal and administrator, is the new program director of Pima County’s Las Artes Arts and Education Center

    Las Artes offers a unique learning environment for youth ages 17-22, combining structured classroom study combined with community art projects that allow students to prepare for general education development (GED) testing.

    Since 2008, Palacios served as executive director Tucson Youth Development, which provides education and employability services to youth and young adults in Pima County. He oversaw youth workforce development programs and was superintendent for the two charter high schools TYD operates.

    Palacios previously worked for the county as program manager for the Rio Nuevo One-Stop Center. Prior to that, he spent two years as principal of Luz Academy of Tucson.

    Efrain Romero, community services manager with the county’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department and Palacios’ supervisor, said Las Artes is lucky to have him.

    “With 30-plus years of working with students, Arnold has the know-how to take Las Artes to the next level,” Romero said. “He is a proven leader who cares deeply about students.”

    Palacios spent the largest chunk of his career – nearly 20 years – teaching in the Tucson Unified School District. While at Pueblo High School, Palacios taught drama to Hispanic students and created original, bilingual plays addressing social issues relevant to his student’s education and success.

    “Arts and academic study are powerful partners for the motivation and engagement of young people,” said Palacios, who looks forward to pairing those same factors to assist Las Artes students.

    “This program is so great,” he said. “What an opportunity for young people. I’m just grateful to have this chance to contribute and make an impact in young people’s lives.” 

    Palacios’ appointment was effective Aug. 31.