Native Nevadan Denise R. Duarte is an award-winning public artist, a socially-engaged artist, and a community development consultant. Denise received her Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has facilitated numerous community art projects, completed several public art projects, and has received two Las Vegas Mayor’s Urban Design Awards for Public Art.
Duarte's professional goal is to provide a respectful environment that promotes dialogue centering on constructive social criticism and awareness to generate creative and intellectual growth. Social engagement as a basis of art creation is fundamental to her teaching philosophy and she hopes to nourish engagement with the world. Duarte provides an array of collaborative and individual art-making opportunities fused with civic engagement, social justice and community building. Her ultimate goal is for her students to create artwork that expresses concepts, emotions, social values or issues, in addition to having developed an appreciation for art. Her students will understand that art is a visual language that speaks to humanity’s commonality and this awareness will enable them to act as agents of change, personally and socially.