Carianna Arredondo is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Art & Art Education program. Her line of research focuses on community arts engagement--particularly how reciprocal learning is fostered between artists and communities through artist-in-residence programs. Carianna has several years of experience working in non-profit arts organizations, museums, artist-residency programs, and teaching at the college level. She currently works as a freelance art educator, alongside maintaining her professional practice as a mixed-media artist. Her body of work is a product of a process that negotiates language and material, guided by rituals that activate memories about identity, sexuality, and escapism.