David Andrés and arts educator is a Lumie Winner for 2012.

The Tucson Pima Arts Council recently awarded 11 people and businesses with Lumies for their outstanding contributions to the arts community in Tucson.

David Andres took home the award for Arts Educator. He began teaching with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and focused on "at-risk" students, an experience Andres calls enlightening.

"I tried to do creative projects with them," says Andres. "If you put creative energy out to them, I think they respond creatively."

Andres continues to expand his artwork. His current focus is on painting inspired by underwater photography in the Sea of Cortez.