Markus Tracy

Transforming Communities through Mural Design

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Markus Tracy serves as a teaching artist with the Alabama, Arkansas, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah, Nevada, and Virginia Arts Councils. Markus also serves as a teaching artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, The Center's Arts Teach, in Costa Mesa; Life Time Arts, Creative Aging; and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Markus has also collaborated with artists/artist teams, architects, urban planners, civic organizations, arts commissions, and cultural groups. Markus has helped to develop visual and performing arts programs for public schools, cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, juvenile facilities, and performing arts centers throughout the country. One program in particular, New Directions YouthArts, has been recognized with numerous nominations and honors over the years. Examples of these include: 2007 Nevada Department of Parks and Recreation Program Excellence award; 2007 14th Annual Honor The Elders Las Vegas Indian Center Community Service Award; 2008 and 2009 nomination for the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities "Coming Up Taller" award; and the 2010 Honorary Award for the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

During a typical classroom session, students discover how and why community and/or site-specific art projects create messages for and by the people. This way, students explore ways/means to redefine our consciousness on social issues, environmental preservation and sustainability, and community and school pride. The end result is a community mural and/or site specific project that involves every participants shared ideas and experiences through drawing, painting, personal photos, spoken word, and the use of found objects.

Grades

K-12

Availability

Markus is available for short and long term residencies, professional development workshops, consultations, training workshops, lectures, and/or coaching during the weekdays, weekends, and most major holidays. Travel and Accommodations are negotiable.

Education

  • M.F.A. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.F.A. University of New mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Parsons School of Design, New York, N.Y.
  • State University of New York, F.I.T.. New York, N.Y.

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