Pedro “FLAKO” Cruz
99B West Brookline Street
Boston, MA 02118
2016-Present Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA) Fine Arts Concentration
2018 Healing the racial Wealth Divide (United for a Fair Economy)
2017 Trauma Awareness & Resilience Training (Boston Public Health Commission)
2017 Youth Violence Prevention (Mass. Department of Public Health)
2016 Circle Culture Training (ROCA Boston)
2018 Mel King’s Institute Annual breakfast (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2018 Boston’s Welcome Celebration for Oscar Lopez (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2017 Decolonize Puerto Rico: March and Rally (Guest speaker/artist) Boston, MA
2017 Mel King Institute Breakfast (Honorable Mention) Boston, MA
2017 Suffolk Law School - Fair Housing Conference (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2017 Un-Spoken Words: Open Mic (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2017 From The Inside Out (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2017 HOPE, inc. Open Mic Night (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
2016 Poetry and Motion: Youth Showcase (Guest Artist) Boston, MA
Visual Art Exhibitions/ Installations:
2018 Running to/Running from Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
2017 Mis Raices: Tracing My Steps Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
2016 Dead Roses: A Visual Interpretation of Love Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
2015 Emerging Latino Artists Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
2016-2018 Youth Arts Program Coordinator
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (Boston, MA)
Coordinated and implemented youth arts programming curriculum, including workshops in: Visual Arts, Photography, Lyrics & Poetry, and Community Education. Supervised a group of peer leaders. Planned and facilitated youth art exhibitions, open mics, theatrical performances, and community events.
2017 Teaching Artist
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (Boston, MA)
Designed and taught a two-day Mask Making workshop to the members (all ages) of the Villa Victoria Community. Workshop included: Drawing, painting and sculpting. The focus was to create masks influenced by the Puerto Rican culture for an upcoming community festival.
Bowdoin Street Health Clinic (Boston, MA)
Was hired by the Boston Public Health Commission to lead a photography project titled “My Geneva/My Bowdoin: One Community, Many Cultures”. Participated in numerous community meetings, organized and executed interviews and portrait sessions with local community members. Final presented work was printed and displayed in large billboards around the Dorchestor neighborhood.
Blackstone Community Center (Boston, MA)
Designed and taught 3-hour Basics of Photography workshop to a group of 10+ adults (bloggers). Workshop included conversation on the fundamentals of photography, and a hands-on experience of how to take your own pictures.
2015 Teaching Artist
Friendship Afterschool Program (Boston, MA)
Designed and taught a week-long Exploring Photography workshop to children ages ranging 8 to 12. Workshop included conversation on the basics of photography, picture taking and framing. Also helped organize a community event to present the final work to the family and friends of the participants.
2014 Teaching Artist
The Hurley School (Boston, MA)
Designed and taught a three-day creative workshop to 8th grade students ranging in age from 13 to 14 for their Pasillos Pintados event. Workshop included: Drawing, Poetry, Photography and Filming. Focused on developing skills as well as exploring new techniques in order to encourage experimentation, creation, and discovery.
2017 Artist Panel
Zumix (East Boston, MA)
Co-founded a female Hip Hop collective called Matriarkao. Co-created shows which merged theater, visual arts, poetry, Hip Hop, and dance to address a range of social issues in Cartagena. Collaboratively organized a Recyclathon concert dedicated to recycling and directed Caratgena’s first female Hip Hop Festival in 2010.
2016 Guest Speaker
Margarita Muniz Academy (Boston, MA)
Invited by the art department to attend a career day panel. I presented my photography work to students and shared my story. I spoke to four different classes, over 60 students total.
2008 Teaching Artist
ABCD High School (Boston, MA)
Volunteered 4 hours a week through the school year. Worked with a class of 17 year old students, exploring and creating poetry pieces that they later shared with the school during a family event. Helped students create poems in reflection of social issues in their communities.
Languages: fluent Spanish
References available upon request