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Biography 

Christina Sanchez Juarez is a Los Angeles based artist, educator, and organizer. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She’s currently enrolled in the credential program at Cal State LA and is slated to complete her single subject credential in Art in spring 2020.

 

Christina is a seasoned arts educator with over 10 years of experience working in urban K-8th independent schools. She teaches a variety of visual arts concepts ranging from more traditional art mediums, such as painting and drawing, to digital formats such as video, photography, and stop-motion animation. Her approach to teaching is highly influenced by Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), a choice-based approach to art education that enables students to develop artistic habits through authentic learning experiences and responsive teaching.

 

In addition to her teaching practice, Christina is a socially engaged artist working in the public sphere. She is the co-founder of the Cocina Abierta

Collective, a nomadic experimental “test kitchen” run by a collective of Los Angeles based artists and restaurant workers. Cocina Abierta provides a platform for engaging restaurant workers and consumers in dialogue about the realities of food labor. They organize food-based interventions such as communal cookouts, cooking shows, and recipe swaps in collaboration with diverse community groups. Cocina Abierta is the recipient of several arts production grants and residencies, including commission with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that spanned from 2014-2016.

 

In recent years, Christina’s commitment to social justice has led her to focus her political work within the tenant rights movement. She is an active member of LA Tenants Union, a diverse tenant-led movement fighting for the human right to housing for all. She serves on the Outreach Committee of the LA Tenants Union where she co-facilitates educational workshops in movement building and tenant rights. She is also a member of the School of Echoes, a space for critical reflection on the conditions in working class and poor communities, including (but not limited to) struggles against gentrification.