Crystal Bruno is an illustrator, muralist, and teaching artist born, raised, and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit, and inner city life. Bruno has worked with several pioneering non-profit organizations serving local communities through dynamic youth programs. For five years Bruno was the Visual Arts Instructor at EL PUENTE, an afterschool community center in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. As artist-in-residence and creative consultant at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), Bruno transformed programmatic spaces and GGE headquarters. For almost a decade she has been an enthusiastic student, practitioner, and mentor in the rich legacy of Mural Art. Beginning in 2008, she has facilitated an assortment of public art projects all over New York City with Groundswell. With youth development at the heart of her work, she continues her practice as a teaching artist while furthering her studies at Parsons The New School for Design.