Maria Gabriela Aldana
phone: 410/276-1651 x209
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
A native Nicaraguan, Aldana is the outreach coordinator for the Creative Alliance. She organizes and builds communities through creating art and corralling performances, such as our annual MD Traditions Folklife Festival and Halloween 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 Highlandtown & Patterson Park. Aldana also coordinates a leadership force of all ages including residents and non-profits, Communities for All Ages, with the Southeast CDC. Aldana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Aldana has been a community artist in Baltimore since 1999 and mixed media muralist since 1995.
Her installations and murals can found in YO! Westside Community Center, Corpus Christi Community Center, Academy for College and Career Exploration and Hamilton Middle/Elementary School in Baltimore and another twelve murals abroad. From 2005-2008, Aldana founded & directed Bmore Cultured, a grassroots organization led by teenagers who connect issues of global poverty, race and identity between Baltimore and Nicaragua. Bmore Cultured has become a MICA Community Arts summer intensive, Art of Solidarity, which Aldana co-founded to provide travel and social justice vehicles for artists to collaborate directly with Latin America.