Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and administrator with over 20 years of experience working in nonprofit community settings. She has led and worked for several non-profit organizations in Pilsen, including as a founding artist of Polvo Alternative Space, served on the Boards of Taller Mestizarte, La Voz de Los de Abajo, and Calles y Suenos.  For 10 years, Elvia was Director of Community Programs at Pros Arts Studio (now Elevarte), and she contributed to organizations including Fiesta del Sol/ Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, and Gallery 37 as an educator and an artist. She currently sits on the Board at Elevarte.

Elvia speaks on a variety of topics, including:

  • Community based arts projects (various including History of Dia de Los Muertos in Pilsen)

  • Finding your own path (on unexpected career turns)

  • What does it mean to be internationalist

  • Advocating for better quality of life in all communities

  • Growing up bilingual, bicultural, binational

  • Chicago Politics is a full contact sport

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