Esai Morales Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arpa Foundation
Esai Morales has enjoyed an exceptional acting career, with a diverse body of work on stage, television, and in film that spans over three decades. His acting career began at the Ensemble Theatre Studio in New York City when he appeared in the play, EL HERMANO. His feature film debut was in Bad Boys. Four years later, he became a star playing Bob Morales in the Latio-themed rock biop ic, La Bamba. Fast forward thirty years and Morales has amassed an impressive acting dossier.
As an activist, Morales is known for his advocacy work on education and the environment. Furthermore, in 1997, Morales co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA). His foundation focus on advancing the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The NHFA has provided scholarships to hundreds of Hispanic students in excess of 1 million dollars.
The Arpa International Film Festival is founded by AFFMA (Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art). This year AFFMA selected Essai Morales as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, because of his significant impact as an actor and for being an exemplary role model and a change agent. His ideals align with the Foundation.