Maritza Mosquera is an artist, educator and community-transformation partner. She has developed, organized, and presented new practices in arts education and artist-led community collaborations with several local, national and international organizations.
As an educator, Mosquera’s practice is focused on the individual learner and their place in the larger scope of community. She works with education organizations and schools to create workshops that speak to the schools’ education practices including integrating her practices with English, Science and History; paying close attention to writing, collaboration, presentation and various school curricula like English Language Arts (ELA).
Maritza has created in-school and out-of-school time arts programs for over 30 years. Past organizations include Chicago Arts Partners in Education, Urban Gateways, Finding History in Ourselves, Dialogues for Democracy, and the Bioneers. In addition, Maritza has partnered with and taught in various schools and universities across the country including University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, The Fabric Workshop, Perspectives and Noble Academies, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, Frick International Academy, and Schenley High Schools.
Currently, Maritza has been collaborating with choreographer Kyle Abraham to develop community engagement programs for his new works, curates dialogue programs for the VOICES program at The Andy Warhol Museum, is mentoring Teaching Artists and is a rostered Teaching Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on The Arts. She is currently working in her studio in Point Breeze.
Mosquera exhibits her own work nationally and internationally and has received grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The National Endowments for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, and The Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative from the Pittsburgh Foundation. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She studied with Agnes Martin and Joseph Campbell at Skowhegan School of Painting in Maine.