Maya Gonzalez is an artist, author and progressive educator who’s work focuses on the use of art and story as powerful tools of reclamation and transformation.
Since 1996, Maya has been providing presentations to adults and children about the importance of creativity as a tool for personal empowerment. Her work with children in public schools helped her develop several lines of curriculum that offer a holistic approach to learning and open doors to new ways of thinking and relating in the world.
Maya regularly gives public talks, workshops and presentations to educators, activists, authors, artists, and librarians on a range of topics such as:
Diversity in Children’s Books, Creativity as a Core Approach, Art as Activism: Art as a Tool to Heal Ourselves and Our Society, The Journey of Voice: What It Means to be HERE, Claiming Face: Meaningful Creative Education to Engage the Whole Child, Claiming Voice: The Power of Storytelling, Children’s Books: One of the Most Radical Things You Can Do, and more.
You can view a selected list of her past engagements on her resume. While no longer doing school or library visits, she is open to working with homeless youth, LGBTQ kids and families, and kids in juvenile detention centers as well as book readings with Q&A.