Laura Alvarado, Director of Programs & Partnerships
, studied at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and received her B.A. in Human Development Psychology with Minors in Studio Art and Women’s Studies in 1998. Laura has over 12 years experience working for non-profit organizations impacting underserved audiences. Laura spent seven years working for the Indianapolis Art Center as the Director of Outreach implementing five outreach programs each year, providing arts education programming to underserved youth throughout Indianapolis. As the Director of Programs and Partnerships for School on Wheels, she oversees all programming areas, community partnerships and program staff. Her leadership has helped earn numerous awards and recognition for her programs that include the Indiana Youth Institute’s Achievement Award
, Congressional recognition from former Indiana State Representative, the late Julia Carson, the Excellence in Education Award
from the Indianapolis Mayor’s office, the Blueprint Champion Award
from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, and credited as a Coming Up Taller
Semi-Finalist for excellence in after-school arts programming from the National Endowment of the Arts. For additional info on volunteer and partnership opportunities, email Laura.
Favorite Childhood Toy: Easy bake oven
Favorite Childhood Game: Kick the Can
Favorite Word: Razzmatazz!
When She’s Not Working She Likes to: Spend time with her husband and two girls
In An Alternate Reality Without School on Wheels, She’d be: A set designer
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