Constanza Mendoza (she / her / ella)
Director of Programs
312-372-1876, ext. 105
As the director of programs at A&BC, Constanza supports individuals, projects, and organizations that place art-making and programming at the core of their mission. Drawing on her experiences as a consultant, arts curator, and museum worker, she manages A&BC’s programs, from design to evaluation, and ensures arts partners have impactful tools and resources to thrive. On a personal level, her work is shaped by her assets of knowledge in community work, socially-engaged art, and decolonial theories.
Before working at A&BC, Constanza was a curatorial assistant at the Sullivan Galleries and a research assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she helped develop “Creative Labs for Cultural Leaders,” a low-residency program for organizations that have been historically marginalized in the Midwest. Originally from Venezuela, she has extensively worked with museums across South America, creating cross-sectoral partnerships and capacity-building opportunities.
Constanza has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, a panel reader & chair for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), and is currently serving on a grants panel for The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). She holds a master of arts in arts administration and policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts in art history from the Universite Paris-Sorbonne IV.
She is passionate about storytelling and children’s literature and often returns to printmaking and watercolor, especially during the winter. She has eight candles, 13 journals, and a View-Master with three reels inherited from her grandfather.