Mariposa’s Art

I find Mariposa’s Art helpful because it gives me confidence in myself and it helps me to give confidence in others. I also like Mariposa’s Art because it’s fun and I love art. It gives me a chance to speak my opinions and be expressive in my art.” – Olivia, age 11

Through Mariposa’s Art each year more than 2,000 students learn, create, and blossom – serving schools that have little or no funding for the arts during the regular school day.


The Teach Model

An inter-generational model, Teach programs engage teaching artists, highschoolers, and elementary and middle school students. High school students find their voices and discover their creative gifts through training that steeps them in the arts and supports development of powerful life skills such as public speaking, lesson planning, and classroom management.  Together with professional artists, they co-teach lessons, share creative experiences with younger students, and become leaders, mentors, and role models.

This model has been so impactful, that in 2008 the Pajaro Valley Unified School District purchased the curriculum to apply it to subjects including science and physical education.

Current Teach Programs include:

– Art Teach

– Guitar Teach

– Mural Teach

– Drama Teach


 Workshops

Art & Leadership: Encourages the development of artistic skills, knowledge of the arts, and community service. Students explore themes such as:

Express Yourself: Realizing talents and strengths, and using them

Body Image: Redefining beauty as a quality of self-love, care, and being a good friend

Conflict Resolution: Learning to speak up and manage conflict in powerful ways

Dreaming Big: Setting goals and talking about how to make dreams come true

Guitar AmpUp: Introduces playing, performing, and writing music on guitar, and analyzing popular American music genres from the last 60 years, from blues and country to heavy metal and hip hop

– Hip Hop Poetry: Inspires expression through writing, public speaking, stage presence, improvisation, and critiquing skills while obtaining a supportive network of inspiration and resources

– Drawing & Design: Focuses on drawing, caricature, screen printing, and claymation


Visit our full Teaching Artist Directory to meet this year’s Staff & Teaching Artists

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Adrian Torres

Adrian Torres is a Watsonville native and has been a part of Mariposa’s Art since 2006, leading Art Teach and Drama Teach at various elementary schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. He is a 10+ year ensemble member of the world renowned El Teatro Campesino (ETC) theater company in San Juan Bautista, founded by artistic director Luis Valdez. There, he has been featured onstage in roles such as “Henry Reyna” in Zoot Suit, “Satanas” in La Pastorela, and “El Diablo” in La Carpa de los Rasquachis.

Adrian is a trained workshop leader for “Theater of the Sphere,” a unique approach to theater based on ETC’s principles, and has built and tailored curriculum to fit different grade levels for the migrant education programs in King City, Salinas, Monterey, and Watsonville. Adrian added “director” to his credits in 2008 when he co-directed the ETC’s beloved holiday show “La Virgen del Teyepac.” In collaboration with Watsonville High School, Adrian directed the first ever Watsonville & Pajaro Valley High production of Luis Valdez’s “Zoot Suit” at the Henry J. Mello Center in 2009. Adrian can also been seen in a number of independent films; his most recent “The Crumbles” will be making its premiere Spring 2012 at the Asian American film festival in San Francisco.

Andres Ortiz

Andres Ortiz

Andres Ortiz was born in Pomona, CA and raised in San Antonio, TX. He started performing in talent shows and school plays at the age of 10. Andres attended high school at a magnet school in San Antonio called the North East School of the Arts where he majored in musical theater. Also during high school, Andres received additional acting training at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the Westside of San Antonio.

He attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where he graduated with a BFA in Acting in 2010. During his time in Texas, Andres performed with many different professional companies such as the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Amphibian Stage Productions. After graduation, Andres began teaching and working with inner-city youth as a means of supporting his acting career. He has also worked as a substitute teacher, basketball coach, and an after-school arts and activities instructor.

Since moving back to California in 2012, Andres has worked with Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino on their recent production of “Valley of the Heart,” where he played the role of Benjamin.

Don Davidson

Don Davidson

Don Davidson brings the same depth of passion and commitment to community drum circle events that made his courses in drum music of the African Diaspora at the University of California at Santa Cruz a truly remarkable and transformative experience for twenty years for thousands of people. Don enjoys an international reputation as a teacher, presenter and performing musician and has brought drum circles to tens of thousands more people worldwide.

As a facilitator with Village Music Circles from since 1987, Don has led communities as diverse as Smithsonian Magazine, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Rutgers University, and the Boys Scouts of America to the joy and power of drumming. He has trained through Village Music Circles hundreds of the drum circle facilitators around the world today.

The founder of Rhythm Well, Don has additionally created music-based programs and trained organizations to acquire skills in issues of cross-cultural and inter-personal communication, team & community building, creativity and personal excellence across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is one of the international team of drum circle facilitators named as Artists and sponsored by Remo Drum Company.

Don has completed training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming through NLP University at the Practitioner, Master-Practitioner and Training levels with a special emphasis in business and organizational development. He has completed training in Ericksonian hypnosis through Pace Personal Development and NLP University.

Emmanuel Garcia

Emmanuel Garcia is a painter, dancer, poet, lyricist, and facilitator. They are passionate about community transformation through the arts and embody the intersectionality of artist and activist. They studied Developmental Psychology at UCSC, have over 8 years of experience working in student-centered educational settings, and are certified in both creative facilitation as well as curriculum development for a wide range of learning styles. When they are not coordinating the Mariposa's Art after-school programs and events or teaching, you will likely find them engaged in collaborative community arts projects focusing on youth empowerment and social justice issues. In their free time, Emmanuel loves to work in the garden or go hiking.

Jerad Fox

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Kyle Morris

Kyle Morris

Kyle Morris hails from the San Fernando Valley and is an artist in multiple media: drawing, painting, illustration, murals, screen printing, pottery, stop motion, and clay animation. His artistic achievements include: coordinating and painting a mural at UCSC; a 15-minute claymation short about genetically modified foods; teaching art and animation in Los Angeles for three years; and painting a mural in Zambia.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latina/o Studies, and is now pursuing a degree in Biology. He loves to experience the beauty of nature of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Kyle is fascinated by the environment and social justice, and hopes to rehabilitate wild salmon habitat and restore the ecology of the California coastal rivers and streams.
His favorite things to do are fishing, kayaking, camping, gardening, and scuba diving. He loves to sing and play music; he also writes lyrics and poetry.

Luis Sanchez

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Monique Sanchez

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Oliver Whitcroft

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Paul De Worken

Paul De Worken

Paul has worked with many media throughout his life, but he prefers mural painting. “You have to put your whole body into painting a large painting on a wall and when you are outside in the public's view you become a performer painting live. I also enjoy connecting, receiving feedback, and having participation from the community as we paint.” In addition to being Mural Teacher with Mariposa’s Art, Paul has worked with PVUSD for 9 years and is currently an Enrichment Specialist for the After School Program at Rolling Hills Middle School.

He graduated from Cal State University of Monterey Bay in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual and Public Art with a concentration on Mural Painting and Arts Education.

Paul is also very involved with the arts community, including organizations like Santa Cruz County Arts Commission, Santa Cruz Art League, and Pajaro Valley Arts Council. He is recent recipient of the California Peace Award for Santa Cruz County 2014.

Paul co-founded The Mural Alleyway Project to paint murals in alleyways in an attempt to beautify and inspire an area that normally doesn't have access to art and murals. He also owns and operates Monterey Bay Murals in Watsonville.

Sedrick Cabrera

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