Michelle Ortiz: Making a Difference In the Community

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I was a fine arts major at Moore, which really prepared me for my career.  My classes gave me the hands-on experience necessary for me to become the artist I am today.

Since I graduated, I’ve designed and created more than 30 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. My achievements include being named a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), receiving a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008), and being awarded a Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant (2005).

As an arts educator, I use the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. Since 2008, I’ve led international artist residencies through the US Embassy and trained local artists in public art techniques in Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico and Suva, Fiji.

I’m excited and honored to be the Commencement Speaker for Moore’s class of 2012. It’s my chance to give back to Moore and share my experiences to help influence the next generation of artists.