Teaching Artist

My teaching artist practice is based on social justice issues specific to the youth or group I am working with. 

I received my Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. My professional goal is to provide a respectful environment that promotes dialogue centering on constructive social criticism and awareness to generate creative and intellectual growth. Social engagement as a basis of art creation is fundamental to my teaching philosophy and I hope to nourish engagement with the world. I provide an array of collaborative and individual art-making opportunities fused with civic engagement, social justice and community building. My ultimate goal is for my students to create artwork that expresses concepts, emotions, social values or issues, in addition to having developed an appreciation for art. My students will understand that art is a visual language that speaks to humanity’s commonality and this awareness will enable them to act as agents of change, personally and socially.

School & Community Workshops

Discovering Identity - Quilt Blocks, Community Quilts, and Identity Boxes workshops focus on personal identity discovery and expression and are created with age-appropriate themes. Multi-generational workshops are available for identity awareness with emphases on building familiarity with identities other than one’s own, leading to tolerance.

Social Engagement

Workshops can focus on sexual and gender identity, race and ethnicity, or any specific community issue. They can include creative place-making with temporary or permanent public artworks such as ceramic murals, mosaic sculptures, or dimensional fiber art.

Professional Development Workshops

Workshops are designed to uncover and express collective concepts or issues impacting the workforce or community and include creative place-making for temporary or permanent public artwork such as ceramic murals, mosaic sculptures or dimensional fiber art.

Funding can be assisted by the Nevada Arts Council's Artist Residency Express Grant and the Arts Learning Project Grant. 

  • FY19 Artist Residency Express Grant is a non-competitive grant that supports short-term artist residencies (20 hours maximum). Read more

  • FY20 Arts Learning Project Grant supports growth through the arts for Pre-K through 12th grade students.

For more information, please visit: 

https://www.nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/12/Denise-Duarte-Las-Vegas.pdf