Constanza Mendoza (she / her / hers)
Director of Programs
312-372-1876, ext. 105
Constanza has over seven years of experience supporting both cultural workers and arts + cultural organizations. She is an arts administrator with significant experience collaborating with diverse artists, arts organizations, and communities through project and program management, curriculum development, training, evaluation, and mentorship.
Constanza excels at managing multiple projects simultaneously and generating creative strategies to foster meaningful collaboration across teams and institutions. She has a solid trajectory of designing evaluation frameworks for social impact projects, museums, and nonprofit organizations and brings to A&BC meaningful experience to foster critical models of advancing racial equity and inclusion in the arts sector and across the city.
Through the arts and culture, she has found a collective space for healing, advocacy, and radical imagination. And she believes in the disruptive potential that both arts and culture play in advancing social justice and equity.
Before joining A&BC, Constanza was an independent consultant. She was also a Curatorial Assistant at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, working with over 100 artists; a Program Researcher and Administrative Assistant for the Creative Lab for Cultural Leaders, a program designed for organizations grounded in communites which have been historically under-funded across the Great Lakes region; and for various museums in Latin America including the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art Casa del Alabado (Ecuador) as Coordinator of the Learning Department, where she designed programs and evaluation frameworks and expanded the museum’s alliances and partnerships. Constanza is fluent in Spanish and French.
Constanza holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Arts Institute. She is passionate about storytelling and children’s literature, and she often comes back to printmaking and watercolor, especially during the winter. She has eight different candles, 13 journals, and a View-Master with three reels that she inherited from her grandfather.