Melanie was born in Colombia, raised in Colombia and Guatemala, and moved to the northern landscape in 2001. After completing a BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she continued her training in facilitation and art therapy. She has engaged more than 1500 people in creating collective mobile murals, and facilitated more than 1000 workshops on creativity and empowerment to diverse populations. Committed to social inclusion and environmental consciousness, her work has built multi-stakeholder partnerships across the public sector, private sector, First Nations, non-profit organizations, and grassroots organizing serving communities in Colombia, Guatemala, Brasil, Spain, USA and Canada.
She believes societies and the environment are facing extraordinary challenges while the speed of change is faster than ever. New methods of engaging people, radical collaborating, and courageous processes that uplift the spirit through self-discovery, are some of the ways to contribute to positive change. With her body of work, she aims to challenge and re-discover the narratives of who we are, how we belong in the earth, and what is our shared responsibility.