Paula Liz (she/her/ella) was born in Puerto Rico and raised near Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, receiving her BFA in Painting and MAT in Art Education. Paula Liz has over a decade of teaching experience at public, independent, and charter schools in New York, Texas, Washington DC, and Maryland. She is also bilingual and recently taught Elementary art at a two-way immersion school. In 2022, she was named Maryland Art Educator of the Year. Paula Liz is now the Youth and Preservice Program Manager for the National Art Education Association

Outside of the classroom, Paula Liz is the founder and Executive Director of Anti-Racist Art Teachers, former Associate Chair of the National Art Education Association Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission, former Treasurer of the Maryland Art Education Association, and an initial cohort member of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Anti-Racist Educators In The Arts Learning Lab (A-REALL). 

Paula Liz has collaborated on art programs with Crayola Education, EmbraceRace, Nasco Education, Art To Remember, Deep Space Sparkle, and more. She has facilitated professional development for art educators worldwide as an educational consultant and keynote speaker. She has written articles for SchoolArts Magazine and Stenhouse Publishers. In 2023, she co-authored Anti-Racist Art Activities for Kids: 30+ Creative Projects that Celebrate Diversity and Inspire Change” and authored "Be a Creative Changemaker: A Kids' Art Activity Book Inspired by the Amazing Life Stories of Diverse Artists from Around the World." 

Paula Liz enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her two dogs in her spare time.

I am also the Founder and Executive Director of Anti-Racist Art Teachers. Our mission is to promote inclusive thinking, celebrate diversity, and inspire transformative action through art education. Learn more at

Professional Development

I have worked with numerous school districts and national organizations seeking to become more equitable and inclusive in their classroom practice through art education. My services include leading workshops, presentations, consultations, keynote addresses, and more. In addition, I have participated in several podcasts, webinars, and town halls where I share my unique insights and perspectives. For more information on my professional services or to schedule a meeting, please email me at Thank you! 

BOoks and Publications

30+ Creative Projects that Celebrate Diversity and Inspire Change

Inspired by the Amazing Life Stories of Diverse Artists from Around the World

Drawing Differences: EmbraceRace
Art To Remember: Unrreal Animal Prints Lesson Plan
Nasco Education: Affirmation Animal Prints Lesson Plan
NAEA News Winter 2022:  Co-Author of 'Evaluation with Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Lenses'
SchoolArts: Celebratory Self-Portraits Article
One Thing You Might Try... Blog Post

Virtual Art Programs and Collaborations

Art of Education: Artfully Organized Series Host
Crayola: The Art of Learning Through Artivism
Portrait Making: Deep Space Sparkle Creative Juices Online Workshop

Panels & Podcasts

K12ArtChat the podcast, Episode 159: Be a Creative Changemaker
Who ARTed Podcast: Luisa Ignacia Roldán | Saint Ginés de la Jara
OnEdMentors Podcast:Social Justice Through The Arts
FOISPDX (Folks of Color in Schools) Podcast: Anti-Racist Art Activities For Kids
NAEA Town Hall Conversations | Arts Education: From Challenges to Triumphs
Maryland Arts Education Roundtable 
'Body Image in the Media & Art Room' K12 Art Chat
Everyday Art Room: Centering Student Voice 
K12 Art Chat Podcast on Antiracist Art Education
Arts Ed NJ: Creative Connections
Mizzou Women in Media Panel
The Teaching Artist Podcast
The Learning Project: Teaching Art and Diversity


New Visionary Magazine Interview
The Art of Ed Interview
Life Setters Interview

Instagram Lives

Conversation With Studio Sprout About 'Be A Creative Changemaker.'
Best Books For The Art Room IG Live
'Creating Community' IG Live
'Multilingual Learners in the Art Room' IG Live
'Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation' IG Live
'Here All Year' IG Live
'Body Image in the Media & Art Room' IG Live