Yvonne Mendez has built a solid career as an activist and artist, working to educate and empower individuals through the arts. She has achieved this in a variety of ways, working with groups throughout the country. She is an experienced marketing director, design professional, media artist and event producer. Her expertise is with program development, community outreach and engagement. As an arts administrator of more than 30 years, an event planner and producer, she has helped promote and produce many community events, as well as conferences and festivals, including the Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference, and the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival.
As an educator, Yvonne is a trained artist instructor and digital storytelling facilitator. She helped develop an inter-arts high school curriculum and taught graphic design and contemporary media analysis at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Putting her media skills to good use, Yvonne has launched and facilitated many projects including Smith College’s First Gen Out Loud, a writing and peer leadership development program for first generation students. As a consultant to StoryCenter (the organization where she was trained,) Yvonne has taught digital storytelling workshops throughout the East Coast for a variety of groups and covering many topics including immigrant stories, public health, domestic violence, youth voices, and more. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Graphic Design, and her Master’s degree from The New School(NYC) in Media Studies.
Who We Are
” It is credit to your program’s effectiveness that absenteeism at school declined on the days of your program. The students did not want to miss an ECT day.”
~ 5th grade Teacher, Holyoke