Olivia (Chicana/Mescalero Apache descent) is responsible for project management of public art acquisitions annually, in support of the Art in Public Places.
Prior to joining New Mexico Arts, Olivia worked for the School for Advanced Research (SAR) where she facilitated museum education, community outreach initiatives and oversaw public programs, including the Native Artist Fellowship Program.
She has also worked with the Tucson Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Tucson) in Arizona. While there, she contributed to the planning and execution of community-based education programs for diverse audiences.
Previous experience includes working in K-12 art classrooms, gallery management and she served as an Indigenous Educator Corps (IEC) member at the Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Olivia received a dual-major BFA in Illustration & Design as well as Art and Visual Culture Education, with an emphasis in Community Engagement and Museums, from the University of Arizona. She went on to receive an MA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.
Olivia is passionate about collaborative programming, cultural revitalization, and community-based arts.