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Meet Teaching Artist Carmen Lucia!

In her work, Carmen Lucia explore materials, techniques, and ideas that she’s curious about. She focuses on the process rather than on the finished product, whether she’s transforming discarded materials into textiles, or making cutouts out of old magazines. Working with discarded materials forces her to find new ways of creating art. Recently, she been researching environmentalists and scientists like Rachel Carson and Gilberto Rodriguez and incorporating their ideas into her work. She aspires to create works that not only bring awareness to environmental issues, but also propose new ways of thinking about our relationship to them.

Tell us about your artistic practice and how working with children inspires you.
Art education should empower students to think for themselves by giving them the tools and techniques they need. I like to challenge students to use materials in new ways and to incorporate parts of themselves into their work. Learning about students’ personal interests and goals inspires me to come up with new projects for them and for myself. Working on a theme or topic that everyone is curious about is exciting for everyone involved!

Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
When I was about 5 years old my mom helped me make a doll out of old pink stockings. We even made clothes for it. It was my first time sewing! I still have the doll in my room.

What do you enjoy most about working at CMA?
I love meeting people from different backgrounds and chatting with them about the projects we’re working on. Watching families spending time together making art makes me feel nostalgic and inspired.

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