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LQAF Scholar Spotlight: Kaho Akiya–Emerging Illustrator

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“LQAF awarded me with a scholarship in 2015 which helped me pay the tuition for my freshman year at California State University Long Beach. It also provided a new confidence within me, and sparked motivation for further growth.”–Kaho Akiya

LQAF Scholar Kaho Akiya (2015-2016) is currently an Illustration Major and Psychology Minor at California State University Long Beach.  She excelled as a student at Palm Desert High School, earning multiple awards in her studies, and taking up leadership roles as Art Guild President and Varsity Color Guard Captain.  

Kaho Akiya

“Success, to me, as an illustrator would be able to produce works that evoke an emotional response from the audience, both negative and positive.” Kaho shares.  In addition to developing her skills in art, she’s very interested in teaching the younger generation in the creative field. 


Art by Kaho Akiya


In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including the La Quinta Arts Festival, plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.  LQAF scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to five years.

The Visual Arts Scholarship Program is designed to assist local college-bound art students, and returning scholarship recipients, as they work toward a career in the field of visual arts.  Since the program was instituted in 1984, La Quinta Arts Foundation has awarded more than $1.23 million dollars in scholarships to local students pursuing college degrees in the field of visual arts.