AWE expands program staff: Welcome, Tatiana Diaz!

Raised on the Southside of Milwaukee, Tatiana Diaz, returned to Milwaukee to be closer to family. In May of this year, Diaz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in New York. We welcome her to our staff as a Youth Arts Specialist.

Tatiana Diaz at a special Truck Studio event at Kern Park with the Milwaukee Bucks. Tatiana lead youth in creating Bucks action figures made out of aluminium foil and tape.

Her position is another form of growth AWE has experienced in the last year and half, adding more capacity with marketing/fundraising staff and now adding Tatiana to gain support for the Truck Studio and Artist-in-Residence programs. Tatiana will also be responsible for volunteer management and recruitment.

Tatiana is excited to be back in Milwaukee and give back to the community. “I want to be more connected to the art scene in Milwaukee, and give back to those who helped me get through college, and inspire, even. “I love working with kids who are a part of my community. I like that I get to be their exposure to art,” she said.

When she’s not out leading a Truck Studio program or assisting with the Artist-in-Residence program, Tatiana can be found hanging out with family and friends, drawing, watching movies and cheering the loudest at Bucks games, or playing basketball herself.

An image illustrated by Tatiana, showing off her hometown pride for the hometown NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tatiana attended Milwaukee Public Schools, and says she didn’t know much about art or that it could be a career, but once she was introduced to it, “it’s been such an enriching part of my life,” she said.

Prior to joining the staff at AWE, Diaz worked as a part-time graphic designer and a freelance illustrator.