Maria Gabriela Aldana

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Education Director

Education Director
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Maria Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance.  A native Nicaraguan refugee, Aldana has been recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski for her excellent Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including production of the documentary “De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From),” telling the stories of undocumented immigrants residing in Baltimore. Maria organizes and builds communities by directing educational programs, such as Artesanas Mexicanas and The Great Halloween Lantern Parade. With these efforts she helps to share the cultural traditions of new and long-standing neighboring families and generations of immigrants and refugees of Southeast Baltimore.  Aldana also cofounded and directs a community-leadership force of all ages, Neighborhood Voices, which is a workshop series that organizes activists and artists against racism

Aldana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts ‘03 and Master of Arts in Community Arts ’06 from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).   Aldana cofounded and directs Art of Solidarity, a summer intensive program for artists who connect issues of global poverty, race and identity between Baltimore and Nicaragua.