Mariela Acuña is an art educator and art administrator pursuing a dual degree in Art Administration and Public Policy and Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mariela thinks about her practice as an administrator as an evolving socially engaged practice. As Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Center, Mariela is part of a team that develops and runs 15 exhibitions and 12 residencies for local, national, and international artists each year. Before moving to Chicago, Mariela held the positions of Public Programs Manager and Family Programs Coordinator at the Norton Museum of Art, where she worked to develop and implement programs for people of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired, think, make, and build relationships through art. She previously worked at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, and Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale. Mariela was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and was raised in Guatemala City. She holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Sculpture from Florida Atlantic University.