Constanza Mendoza

Constanza is a cultural organizer, facilitator, and mediator with more than ten years of experience in strategy and pedagogy, community work, and interpretive planning in cultural spaces.

Previously, she held leadership positions at the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, the Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she led the founding research for their first guidelines on inclusive writing.

Constanza has worked on multiple social issues, including museum decolonization, inclusive pedagogies, and strengthening fair labor practices for artists. She was selected to participate in the 2024-2025 Intercultural Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership program conducted jointly by organizations rooted in Afro, Indigenous, and Latino cultures. She was also a guest presenter at the 2019 Museums Different Conference, where she engaged in conversations about how museums and Native Peoples can navigate collaborative projects through a critical and decolonizing lens.

Recently, Constanza founded terra cotta, an agency that advises art projects and socially engaged organizations in the United States and Latin America. Constanza founded terra cotta with the conviction that socially engaged art can lead to creating participatory citizenship and profound social change.

In addition to her cultural management practice, Constanza writes free verse poetry and short stories that have an emphasis on the climate crisis and her memories of growing up in Venezuela in the 1990s and 2010s under the profound political and social changes brought about by the Bolivarian revolution.

Instagram: @consta.mendoza