Alison Zapata is a visual artist specializing in murals and mixed media collage. With a BA in Fine Art/Art Education from Carlow University and certification to teach art education throughout the state of Pennsylvania, Alison has been developing engaging, child-centered arts integration residencies in classrooms and communities throughout Pittsburgh’s urban, suburban, and rural populations over the past 23 years.
In addition, she was awarded a Teaching Artist Certificate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and received art education training through Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Penn State, Lincoln Center’s Aesthetic Education, and Wolf Trap Institute. Alison is a resident artist in the Artists-in-Communities program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a nationally credentialed Teaching Artist with Young Audiences Arts for Learning.
Her focus on Mexican Folk Art culminated during her artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is in her fifth year of teaching culturally responsive art education to her students at the Latino Community Center in Pittsburgh. Alison's joy-filled work with students continues to shine brightly and uplift communities!
SPECIALTY PRACTICE AREAS
Early Childhood Learning
Creative Youth Development
English Language Learners
Special Education/Students with Disabilities
Out of School Time Residencies/Workshops