About Juan Ortiz
Juan Ortiz is an artist, activist and community organizer who was most recently Creative Alliance’s Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow for 2016 – 2017. Ortiz is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the Community Arts Masters in Fine Arts program. He is presently a doctoral student and fellow in Mexican American studies at the University of Arizona. He also holds a Masters in Art and Public Policy from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Multi-disciplinary studies from the University of Texas, El Paso. For his work in the Southeast Baltimore Latinx community, Ortiz was selected as a Community Partner to the White House Action Summit in 2015. Ortiz's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and amongst his most recent honors has also been designated a Baltimore Social Innovation Fellow (2016) and is a currently an Open Philanthropy Project Fellow and was recently a guest speaker at CityLab Baltimore hosted by the Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropy. Originally from El Paso, Ortiz has lived, worked and studied in East Baltimore for the past four years although he has participated on various nation wide and international social justice campaigns. Among them, the Force, Border Tour of the Monument Quilt and Cosecha national campaign for immigration reform.