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Michelle Ortiz
Michelle Ortiz

Philadelphia, PA – Innovation, vision, and the ability to inspire are all qualities of leadership. These qualities define the purpose of Moore College of Art & Design’s Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts, to be held at 20th Street and The Parkway, Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The interactive daylong conference features speakers who’ve achieved success by taking risks, being flexible, developing a solid network and creating collaborative endeavors.

This is the fourth year for the conference and the second year it will be open to the public, as it has been only for college students in the past. Admission, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $10. For tickets and more information, visit The conference is sponsored by BLICK Art Materials.

The featured speaker at this year’s Leadership Conference is Michelle Angela Ortiz, a visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator.

In addition, breakout sessions will be led by Amy Voloshin, founder of PrintFresh; artist Valetta, founder of the Regional Center for Women in the Arts; Darla DeMorrow of HeartWork Organizing; Caitlin Garozzo of Career Wardrobe; Hala Al-Shawaf, wealth management professional; Sacha Sterling of Thrive Virtual; among others.


Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist/ skilled muralist/ community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community. For over fifteen years, Ortiz continues to be an active educator in using the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. As a highly skilled muralist, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally (PA, NJ, MS, NY) and internationally. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design and a Master's Degree in Science of Arts and Cultural Management from Rosemont College.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and Sculpture Park.  For more information about Moore, visit



Published on September 8th, 2016