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Maria Gabriela Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance. She works with visual and performing artists to develop original project-based curriculum afterschool, summer and weekend programs which serve more than 2500 children and youth each year.
A native Nicaraguan, Maria organizes and builds communities by directing artists and cultural bearers, such as Artesanas Mexicanas. Aldana also cofounded and directs a community-leadership task force, Neighborhood Voices. The committee organizes an ongoing workshop series throughout the year that recognizes important Baltimore activists and artists against racism. With these efforts, she helps to share the cultural traditions and diverse voices of new and long-standing neighboring families and generations of immigrants and refugees of Baltimore.
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, an artist-driven commitment to connect issues of global poverty, racism and indigenous rights between Nicaraguans and North Americans. Art of Solidarity has produced over a dozen films, murals and made lasting friendships with many communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Aldana is also a former high school arts teacher at Academy for College and Career Exploration in Baltimore City.