María is the Founder and Creative Director of Lon-art, established in 2010 with mission of providing a platform for communities, artists and educators to collaborate, create and reflect upon social issues through the arts.
Maria has more than ten years of experience designing and leading with communities, women’s groups, young people and families, including projects for Refugee Week, Women’s History Month, Black History Month and Fun Palaces at venues including Centrepoint, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Rich Mix, Ideas Store libraries and IARS.
One of her highlights at Lon-art is the ongoing project Women at the National Gallery, an interactive tour exploring the history of art from a feminist perspective. In her latest project, : highlighting hidden herstories, she exhibitions, talks, workshops and events to encourage an improved diversity of role models in society.
Maria undertook a Bachelor’s in History of Art before continued higher education in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She has a postgraduate certificate in Arts and Education and undertook an advanced course on Education in Poverty Contexts. She holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and has four years of experience teaching MFL (Spanish and French) for Islington Council.
Having worked extensively in the past with the Latin American community in London, at IARS, she is leading on the project The Latin Sounds of Paisa, undertaken in partnership with London Metropolitan University. Maria will be training and overseeing a core group of Latin American women who will be building a creative archive of the Latin American market at Seven Sisters.
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