Born in New York in 1987, Natasha Carlos grew up in Northern New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC and an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Natasha is a Teaching Artist living and working in the Bay Area.
In our Youth Education Program, we recruit, train, and place Root Division Studio Artists, volunteers and interns to teach free art classes in one of our eight partner sites, creating a link between practicing artists and the schools community. Root Division currently provides art classes and workshops at language-immersion schools -- Cesar Chavez Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, Filipino Education Center/Bessie Carmichael Elementary, Bessie Carmichael Middle School; Newcomer School, Mission Education Center; and homeless family service centers, Larkin Street Youth and Community Housing Partnership. All of our programs serve a diverse group of students, most of which attend San Francisco Unified School District schools.
Artists volunteer one hour per week and choose the types of projects and media they are interested in teaching, acting as "artists-in-residence" for a semester at the partner site. Root Division assists the artists in formulating effective, age-appropriate lesson plans, project-based learning curricula and offers them guidance in working with youth. As a result, artists gain valuable experience teaching within the community, and young students are able to interact with adult mentors in the art-making process.
Root Division provides free art classes to over 800 underserved students in grades K-12 each year.