Gabrielle Uballez, executive director of Working Classroom, is an alumna of the program she now heads. Working Classroom is a community-based art center whose vehicle for transformative change includes socially-engaged residencies for artists from historically ignored communities and rigorous youth arts mentorship. For nearly 30 years, WC has cultivated the artistic, civic and academic minds of underserved youth by providing in-depth arts programming that promotes diverse voices in the arts, maintains high academic expectations, demands a more equitable society and forges pathways to creative careers for low-income youth.
During her tenure as executive director she has expanded the public art program, secured a 21st Century Community Learning Centers contract, formed new collaborations with non-arts-sector partners and established a third program track – New Media and Digital Storytelling.
Uballez’s artistic practice and professional passion sit at the intersection of the arts, educational equity and social justice. Her work provides a platform for artists-of-color to co-create work with youth and communities and bridges the gap between ability and access to higher education for underserved youth.
Uballez holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Pomona College and formerly served as the special projects associate the Studio Museum in Harlem. She contributed to Crescendo Cultural, the first national task force of young Latino art professionals, organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art; is an active member of the Western Arts Alliance Emerging Leaders of Color Program and national advocacy initiative; is a 2016 graduate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute; in 2016 she was named one of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 under 40 as well as received the New Mexico Association of Fundraising Professionals Emerging Leader award.