An artist from a young age, Matt D’Arrigo used the arts to change his own life trajectory away from self destructive behaviors and to pull himself through the illness of his sister and subsequent death of his mother. He was inspired to make it his life’s work to use the arts to transform the lives of children and youth facing their own struggles.
D’Arrigo sits on the American’s For the Arts National Arts Education Advisory Council, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s Grants Committee, The Pomegranate Center’s Advisory Board, and the BOOST Collaborative Advisory Board.
He has been extensively involved with the Fieldstone Foundation’s leadership training program. He graduated from their Executive Leadership course and participates in their Leadership Network Coaching Program which provides mentorship and guidance from a peer nonprofit coach. He is now a leadership coach himself, giving back by coaching up-and-coming nonprofit leaders. He was selected as one of two San Diego nonprofit leaders for a fellowship to the prestigious Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management”, is a guest teacher/lecturer at UCSD’s course on Public Service, and is also a TEDx speaker.
In addition to leading ARTS, D’Arrigo now speaks, advocates, and advises on the use of the arts as a prevention, intervention, and celebration vehicle for at risk youth, the power and importance of the arts & creativity, starting and leading non-profits, and pursuing one’s passion and purpose in life.
He currently lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Hulya, and children Tessa and Andrew.