Profile: Mildred Beltre (1969)

Mildred Beltre is a Brooklyn-based American multi-disciplinary artist known for activist works that focus on how social justice and grassroots movements might reconfigure society. She is co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine.


Early life and education

Beltre was born in New York City in 1969 and grew up there. She completed undergraduate work in art and anthropology at Carleton College and received her M.F.A from the University of Iowa. She is a professor at the University of Vermont.


Beltre’s collaboration with Oasa Duverney, Brooklyn Hi-Art! The machine started as a way to give kids in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn a creative outlet. Their ad hoc neighborhood arts camp facilitated collaborative projects such as installing a herb garden planted in recycled bottles to hang from the Franklin Avenue Shuttle tracks.

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