Maria was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Art from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a MA in Marital and Family Therapy / Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University.
In the past she has worked with adolescents at a teen runaway shelter and worked with adults and their children at a substance abuse/mental illness treatment facility before her work with CIP began. She believes in the power art has to heal and how it is an effective tool in assisting CIP students to express feelings, visualize solutions to their challenges and empowers them to find their voice and individuality.
CIP Long Beach
4510 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804