Program Director

José Ortiz

José comes to us with extensive experience in creating rigorous learning opportunities for both adult and youth artists. He is an Afro-Dominican multimedia artist and Art Educator. His paintings layer symbols and myths to create possibilities for the connection between all peoples and cultures; He was selected by the MTA: Arts for Transit Project and commissioned for the 183rd Street and Jerome Avenue subway in the Bronx.


He and Choreographer Sita Frederick co-founded Areytos Performance Works, a multi-disciplinary performance company that presents contemporary dance-theatre rooted in Caribbean traditions and the principles of social justice. As an Educator and Arts Administrator, José has worked for Henry Street Settlement, The Bronx Museum, Anyone Can Fly Foundation, and many other national and international arts organizations. Most recently he worked as Program Manager for Young Artist Initiatives at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, providing mentorship, portfolio development and career exploration program to participants aged 12 to 26.


He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

Photo of a colorful and abstract mural.