Connecting With English Language Learners in the Visual Arts Classroom


Connecting With English Language Learners in the Visual Arts Classroom
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 7–8pm ET
FREE for NAEA members; $49 for nonmembers  

In second language acquisition, the integration of visual arts provides differentiated learning, bolsters confidence, and encourages students to appreciate their own cultures and heritages through experiential learning in a brave space. Discover how storytelling through individual journeys can help to empower English Language Learner (ELL) students and help them connect to personal identity.

Natalia M. Febo

Museum Education Specialist, Smithsonian Latino Center
Washington, DC

Natalia M. Febo is a museum educator and a visual artist born and raised in Puerto Rico and residing in Washington, DC. She has more than 10 years of experience in the museum education field. Currently, she works at the Smithsonian Latino Center as the community engagement and volunteer coordinator. She is part of the team developing the first national Latino gallery at the Smithsonian. Previously, she worked as an arts integration educator at Carlos Rosario School International Public Charter School in Washington, DC, where she developed and cotaught arts integration programs for adult ELL and Spanish literacy classes. Febo holds an MA in museum studies from George Washington University and a BA in advertising and public relations with a minor in fine arts from the University of Puerto Rico. She is also a cake decorator who loves inventing in the kitchen and has a passion for illustrating food.

Trinity Villanueva

Executive Director, Public Art Reston
Reston, Virginia

Trinity Villanueva (she/ella) is a multidisciplinary artist, connector, and dynamic storyteller. Her inclusivity and compassion lie on the intersections of belonging and accessibility as she brings ancestral wisdom of the Kānaka Maoli, Taíno, and Ilocano. Villanueva hosted an Emmy award–winning show, originated a role in Paul Simon’s Broadway musical The Capeman, leveraged a multimillion-dollar marketing start-up, and founded an arts and culture department for the first adult charter school in the nation. Villanueva is the executive director for Public Art Reston, the cofounder of mixt collective, Kai Ākea, and the Tales From the 202 podcast. She is a content creator for the Institute of Anti-Racist Education and SchoolArts, and serves on the boards of directors for Art Education DC and NAEA. Most importantly, her resilience and love are cultivated through single motherhood to her son Kai.  

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