Andrea Shigeko Landin recently graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She has collaborated, performed and taught music in diverse venues for the past 15 years and is a strong advocate for arts education. She has also been a creative writer for as long as she can remember and has composed various collections of poems as well as a children’s story. She views artistic expression as a tool for genuine communication and connection.
Andrea has spent the past year advocating for social justice in Guatemala. She spent five months studying and also carrying out community-based research at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica in Antigua, Guatemala, and then began working with the Guatemala Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC. She has volunteered with communities from Los Angeles to Peru and has taught Spanish in the Oberlin elementary schools as well as with the Upward Bound program in Massachusetts. In these various positions she has viewed herself not only as an academic, artist and teacher, but also as a collaborator, mediator, and above all, a human being deeply connected to others. Andrea brings this experience with her as she leads ArtCorps' collaboration with EcoLogic Development Fund and 48 Cantones de Totonicapán.
"I continue to be fascinated with people’s creativity, even when they insist that they are not an artist. I think that this is proof that we all have an innate ability to imagine−a quality that can be used to bring about powerful change."
"I arrived lacking in so many aspects, but before the end of the three days, the harvest was abundance. The training has completely shaped and enriched me with a world of knowledge and creative skills that will not only be useful to my organization, but for the communities where we work. My sincere thanks and appreciation to the facilitators who, in just three days, were able transform me from a leader to a creative leader." - Dr. Felix Lawir, Director, Nature Care Cameroon
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