Maria Gabriela Aldana

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Community Arts Manager

Community Arts Manager
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A native Nicaraguan, Aldana is the community arts manager for the Creative Alliance. Maria has been recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski for her excellent Hispanic Heritage Month programming, including production of new documentary “De Donde Sean (No Matter Where You’re From)” telling the stories of undocumented immigrants of Baltimore through a residency with Nicaraguan filmmakers. Maria also received a leadership  award in 2013 by the Latino Provider’s Network for her “dedication, commitment and passion to better the lives of Latino families in the City of Baltimore.”

Maria organizes and builds communities through creating art and corralling performances, such as Maryland State Arts Council's MD Traditions Folklife Festival and directs 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 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 founded & directed Bmore Cultured, a grassroots organization led by teenagers who connect issues of global poverty, race and identity between Baltimore and Nicaragua. Since 2008, Bmore Cultured is a MICA summer intensive, Art of Solidarity, which Aldana co-founded and directs to provide travel and social justice opportunities for artists to collaborate directly with Latin America.