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Salina Almanzar is from Lancaster, PA (southern PA) and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2013 as a double major in Studio Art and English Literature. She spent about two years working in galleries and museums in Philly and Lancaster before deciding to pursue a Master's in Arts Administration in 2015. Salina completed the online AADM program in June of 2017. Her thesis topic was Creative Placemaking in the Lancaster Latinx community. She researched and wrote about the ways that the Latinx community in her hometown have created spaces for cultural preservation and the obstacles or successes they may have faced up to this point. Salina has continued her research in a few ways: In her community through continuing to collect stories and create opportunities for cultural preservation as well as through continued research with Dr. Andrew Zitcer.
Other hobbies/jobs/things she spends her time with include: serving on the School District of Lancaster school board. Salina is the youngest and first Puerto Rican to serve on the board. She recently began my term as Chair of the Public Art Advisory Board and is a member of the Community Engagement Committee for Fulton Theater. Salina also serves as the Community Engagement Consultant and Teaching Artist for a major park renovation in Lancaster City.