In its 10th year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to two Latinx artists in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves teaching students at Mission Education Center (MEC), a K-5 newcomer school for children who have recently emigrated from Latin America to San Francisco.

Working as teaching-artists in residence for the full school year, LTAFs develop and facilitate projects in our My Two Homes curriculum, which guides students in discussions, story-telling, and art-making around in their transition to a new home in the U.S. Instruction at MEC is entirely in Spanish, so LTAFs are expected to be fluent in both English and Spanish.

Here is a sample project from our 2019-20 LATINX Teaching-Artist Fellows, Alyssa Aviles and Camilo Villa from their 2nd - 5th grade students at Mission Education Center.


Instructors: Alyssa Aviles + Camilo Villa

Mission Education Center

Project Title: My Two Homes Coloring Book
Students: 2 - 5th Grade
Materials: Publication of block prints made with ink on paper

About the Project: This coloring book contains prints by the students at Mission Education Center made with block printing techniques. Students were encouraged to come up with designs related to food, nature, and symbols that remind them of home, while also reflecting on the new experiences they are having in the U.S.


To learn more about Alyssa Aviles and Camilo Villa, our 2019-20 Latinx Teaching Artist Fellows, you can visit their RD Studio Artist pages (Alyssa | Camilo) and read our interview on RD Talk (Alyssa | Camilo). You can also download a PDF of the My Two Homes booklet that shares projects and information about the LTAF partnership at Mission Education Center.

Interested in applying for the 2020-21 Latinx Teaching Artist Fellowship? Application page is here.

For questions, email Michael Gabrielle, Education Programs Manager: