Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz
Interim Program Director
Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Program Director, is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, interpreter and organizer whose work and life are located at the intersection of oral histories, migration, queerness, and feminism. Until recently she was the Community Organizer at IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International Corona), an inter-generational, volunteer-led community space for alternative education that uses art as a tool for organizing, and for building political consciousness and power among mixed-status, working class immigrant families in Corona, Queens. SJMO holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She also holds deep community-building knowledge gained in informal contexts that tend to prioritize popular education, popular organizing and popular art. This knowledge through practice has been and continues to be built through her involvement with collectives and organizations that insist on the need for artists and neighbors to be in deeps solidarity with social justice movements such as Talk Is Cheap, Slanguage Studio, School of Echos Los Angeles, Mobile Print Power, Pedagogy Group, ICE Free Queens, and IMI Corona. She has strong links to many communities but currently resides in Elmhurst, Queens where she loves to cook for her friends, sing karaoke, and ride her bike.
You can reach her at Silvia@Global-Action.org