Mountain View College is proud to present artist, community activist and social justice advocate Giovanni Valderas.
With an MFA from the University of North Texas, he later became a professor of art at Mountain View College. While teaching, Valderas met many students who came from different backgrounds who faced a different set of responsibilities than traditional students. He was also appointed Chair of the Allocations Committee for the Commission, where he served as an advocate for arts funding and was responsible for community oversight over the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Contracts Program. Working in tandem with staff, he was able to develop several new grant program initiatives, which brought vibrancy to our community. After realizing that he wanted to bring about an awareness of the issues of gentrification in Oak Cliff, Valderas started an art project called, Casita Triste in 2017. Valderas states, “I made little piñatas houses and placed them around Oak Cliff to create awareness, reflection, and empathy for our neighborhood and the challenges we faced.”
Valeras will present his inspiring story about social change and activism through his experience of growing up in Oak Cliff and wanting to make a difference.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Treetop Lounge from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.