Antonia A. Perez

Antonia A. Perez
Long Island City, NY
Collage, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
English, Spanish
After School Program, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Hospital, K-12 Schools, Library, Senior Center

I am a visual artist who has worked in the arts education field for over twenty-five years with students spanning a broad spectrum of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, economic circumstances, ages, abilities and identities. I have been teaching art in elder communities for the past four years. As a Artist-Teacher and Mentor to Artist-Teachers, I have worked with numerous arts and arts education institutions, notably, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Solomon R. Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art Program, The Studio in A School Association, Lifetime Arts, Inc., Elders Share the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, and PS 1Museum (now PS1 MoMA) . I directed the Education Program at Art in General, a not-for-profit contemporary arts organization, for eight years. I also work as an arts education consultant for small arts institutions. I hold a BA in Visual Arts and Arts Education from SUNY, Empire State College and a MFA from CUNY, Queens College.

While I spent many years as a teaching artist working with youth, these past four years working with an older adult population have been a joy. I feel I have a lot to offer based on my years of experience working with art and with diverse communities. At the same time I believe there is much I can learn from an elder population. I have a strong belief in the power of art to promote healing, personal growth, creative and critical thinking and self-confidence for people of any age, ability or background. For myself, engaging in art making processes, and thinking and talking about art is what keeps me going and this is what I love to share.