Maria Gabriela Aldana
phone: 410/276-1651 x209
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Maria Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance. A native Nicaraguan refugee, Maria 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. The documentary was completed during her residency with Nicaraguan filmmakers. Maria also received a leadership award in 2013 from 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 by directing community arts programs, such as 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 directs a resident-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 founded and 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 Nicaraguans.