Currently: Seattle, Washington
Notable Achievements; Galena Park ISD Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Red Cross Spirit of Service Award, Patent for a Photosynthetic Bioreactor used to treat wastewater, once fought a raccoon with her bare hands
Most Memorable Performance: Crispen Spaeth’s “Dark Room Trio” where the dancers were entirely in the dark and the audience was able to watch the performance with night vision goggles.
Current Art Endeavour: Trying to learn “Dream a Little Dream of Me” on the ukelele.
Influential Art Teacher: Mr. Bill Leaf. As a teacher, Mr. Leaf led all of the bands and choirs in town, from 5th graders to seniors, and he nurtured my love of music (though, sadly, the saxophone never really did take.) It is now that I am deeply thankful for the work he did as an administrator as well. He wrote all of the grants that made arts integration and truly innovative instruction a possibility at our rural school– it was largely invisible work, but it made a significant difference.
Currently: Seattle, Washington
Notable Achievements: Held positions as the Vice President and Corresponding Secretary of a six-year mother/daughter community service organization (National Charity League Inc.) dedicated to volunteering at local and countywide events. Honor Roll student at Oregon State University.
Most Memorable Performance: The first time I saw Wicked on Broadway. My all-time favorite musical performance to this day and the best musical soundtrack my ears will ever be blessed with (“Defying Gravity” is my jam).
Current Art Endeavour: Refining my ukulele skills and working up the courage to play and sing live beyond the confines of my bathroom. Don’t judge me, the acoustics are great in there.
Influential Art Teacher or How Arts Learning Influenced You: My senior year of high school, I was assigned a project where I could pick a skill of my choice, practice every day for 30 days, and track the progress and muscle memory I made in about a month’s time. This was the first time I picked up the ukulele and I haven’t been able to put it down since. I’ve always loved to sing, but could never work up the confidence to share how passionate I was about it until I was able to accompany my voice with an instrument. Music is my biggest outlet and something I love to do for myself as well as share with others via Instagram videos.
Currently: Seattle, WA
Most Memorable Performance or Art Piece Currently Inspiring You:
Ragtime at the 5th Ave Theater last year. Incredible moving and still inspiring my work today!
Current Art Endeavour:
Making hip-hop dance a regular part of my life again.
Influential Art Teacher or How Arts Learning Influenced You:
Mrs. Bruening-Wright (“Bee-Dub”) was both my calculus AND my hip-hop dance teacher in high school. Through her instruction and subsequent dance classes, groups, and experiences, hip-hop became a source of expression and community for me for many years. That’s why my “current art endeavor” is to get back into it!
Currently: Auburn, WA
Notable Achievements: I started working for my first non-profit (environmental advocacy) when I was 6 and I’ve been heavily involved in at least one since.
Most Memorable Performance: The first time I saw Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Seattle in 1995. The music and performance were incredible and seeing that opera made me fall in love with Seattle and move here.
Current Art Endeavour: Working with the Emerald City Supporters to create “tifo” – the massive painted displays at Sounders FC soccer matches.
Influential Art Teacher or How Arts Learning Influenced You: I got my first piano teacher when I was about 3-4 years old and studied piano with her through junior high. I always learned and played just for enjoyment, but took great strength from it through the trials and tribulations of being a kid. To this day, I have to have a piano in my house and playing is one of the best ways I have to relieve stress on a bad day, or just relax on a good day.
Currently: MPA Candidate, 2019 Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, UW
Notable Achievements: Current graduate student pursuing an MPA with an emphasis in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Managed projects with the mission to ensure integral economic development within the cultural sector in Mexico, for example, coordinated an economic and fiscal analysis for the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso museum and the National Auditorium entertainment center.
Most Memorable Performance: My thesis in “The International Song Festivals as Projectors of Soft Power: Spain, Russia, and Turkey at Eurovision” where I examined the underlying political origins and the weight of soft power at one of the most successful and oldest international song festivals in Europe and the world.
Current Art Endeavour: Among researchers, it is common to talk about the “art of politics,” but we never listen to the “politics of art.” I’m expanding my understanding of the cultural sector and working for the development of the artistic and cultural expressions in the society. Also, I’m on learning to be a great baker!
Influential Art Teacher or How Arts Learning Influenced You: My interest in the cultural sector began since childhood when my parents exposed me to the diverse artistic communities of Mexico and the world. I had art courses that included drawing workshops, traditional Mexican music and ballet classes in Mexico City. As I grew older, I became interested not only in the aesthetic part of the art but also in its social and political features.
Currently: Peace and Justice Studies student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
Notable Achievements: Student founder of the Peace and Justice Society at Tufts University, Dean’s List at Tufts University, Community Service Leadership Award from Georgetown Day High School, a fantastic younger sister.
Most Memorable Performance:
Dear Evan Hansen the musical on Broadway, amazing music and message.
Current Art Endeavour: Instagramming my way through Seattle.
Influential Art Teacher: My childhood painting teacher Linda Cafritz, introduced me to the works and styles of many artists. She was an incredible mentor on all things, art and beyond. She encouraged all of her students to experiment with materials and study the work of others to develop our artistic voice and masterpieces. Her mantra that “there are no mistakes in art” continues to inspire me when teaching other kids about the resiliency needed when creating art; that every line and brush stroke has a purpose that can be made into something beautiful.
Currently: Ocean Park, Washington
Notable Achievements: Media Arts Cadre Member, OSPI, 2017- present
Regional Visual and Performing Arts Lead (Region 6), California County Superintendent’s Educational Services Art Initiative, 2014-2016
Teacher of the Year, Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology, 2011
Current Inspiration: I am currently inspired by Shepard Fairey’s work. His “We the People” series is incredibly inspiring as an artist and an educator. I have developed a class at my middle school site called AIM: Arts, Identity and Mindfulness where we explore the idea of identity now and in the future, and how students can use the arts to channel emotions.
Art Endeavour of the Moment: I am currently developing and teaching an art program at Hilltop Middle School in Ilwaco, WA. I teach AIM: Arts, Identity, and Mindfulness, Art 1, Advanced Art, Digital Art, and Engineering and Design. In personal art endeavors, I do freelance graphic design and love to paint when I can. I have started to dabble in using craft beer as a painting medium.
Influential Art Teacher or How Arts Learning Influenced You: The arts have always been a focus in my life. In high school, I sang in the choir and show choir, danced on the dance team, performed in school musicals, and took every visual arts class I could. In college, I majored in Art Education as well as Elementary Education. I have been in education for 19 years. I am a big proponent of STEAM (don’t forget that A!) and arts integration. I have had the privilege of working with The Kennedy Center for the Arts to be trained in Arts Integration and have developed professional development in STEAM. I am so excited to be able to help ArtEd Washington in their continuing development of ALIC.