Visual Arts Director
Nara comes to HOLA via a circuitous adventure that began when her family left Mexico City after the 1985 earthquake. She attended the University of California Santa Cruz where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture. Her love of museums, art, and education led her to the San Diego Museum of Man and the Autry National Center. From Los Angeles, Nara returned to Mexico City to work at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, and then to El Museo del Barrio in New York and to Washington, D.C. as a Smithsonian Fellow. A few years and a Master of Arts from Brown University later, Nara found herself back in Los Angeles where she worked on the Siqueiros Mural Center with the Getty and the City of Los Angeles. Nara, a trained ballet dancer (in her youth) and avid photographer (she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design), feels that art education is a positive catalyst for today’s youth and the communities they live in. She is excited to be sharing her experience and desire at HOLA, helping to give local youth an opportunity to explore themselves and their place in the world through creative expression.