Daniel de Jesús is an artist and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Access to the arts for underserved communities is at the core of their work as a curator, educator, and practicing artist in Philadelphia. They are the Music Education & Community Relations Director for AMLA at Esperanza, a Latin Music School in the heart of North Philadelphia. Previously they were the Visual Arts Manager and Youth Artist Program at the Taller Puertorriqueño
They are a multidisciplinary artist working as a painter, composer, and songwriter versed in the worlds of visual & sonic tapestries, with themes often based on Latin American baroque stylings, Electronic Beats, and siren-like vocals.
As an educator and administrator, de Jesús works to give youth access to experiences and opportunities to participate in the creative arts through inclusive programs in Philadelphia. As teaching artists, they work with organizations dedicated to uplifting our community’s youth to provide high-quality arts education.
“I work in North Philadelphia, which has a concentration of Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, and Central Americans. Many of these folks live in varying economic structures but, for the most part, are looking for a space that actively curates culturally specific programming and engages their children in learning more about their cultural heritage. We also have a large demographic of Spanish-dominant people looking to gain resources to access education in their language, especially music education.”