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Liberal Studies

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo currently teaches Art Fundamentals for Liberal Studies majors. She also serves as a lead artist at the non-profit organization CoTA (Collaborations: Teacher and Artists), providing professional development in arts integration for elementary school teachers in San Diego County Schools. Her scholarly and creative work focus on the intersection between community art and its therapeutic value for underserved youth.

Education

MS, San Diego State University, Counseling
MFA, University of California, San Diego
BA, University of California, Irvine; Social Science
BA, University of California, Irvine; Studio Art

Scholarly and Creative Work

Michaelis-Castillo’s installations and research focus on the intersection between community art and its therapeutic value for underserved youth. In 1996, as a commission for the San Diego Children’s Museum, she worked with youth collaborators to reconstruct a teenager’s bedroom as the basis for examining a broad range of developmental, health and social issues. This project won a State of California Health Department grant and was redesigned to travel into high schools and community centers throughout San Diego County from 1997 – 1999. From 1999 - 2003, Michaelis-Castillo co-founded and directed the Voices Project, a media arts program for underserved youth based in Southeastern San Diego. More recently Michaelis-Castillo has presented case-study research on the impact of community arts on the mental health of underserved youth.

Teaching Interests

Michaelis-Castillo teaches Art Fundamentals for education majors. She has also taught museum studies courses. In the community she has designed and taught arts-based interdisciplinary curriculum for San Diego City/County Schools and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Currently she serves as a lead artist for CoTA (Collaborations: Teacher and Artists), providing professional development in arts integration for elementary school teachers in San Diego County Schools.