Maria Karla Cruz is a Cuban immigrant and Miami native visual artist with a passion for theater, graphic design, and video editing. She graduated from Florida International University with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Marketing. With the original intention of entering the world of politics, Maria’s interest in the arts was reignited after a transformative study abroad trip in France. This led her to enroll in an FIU Honors course titled “Miami in Miami” with professor and artist John Bailly where she discovered the opportunities and rich culture present in Miami’s local arts scene. Currently, Maria works in the field of arts marketing and hopes to continue her career promoting the arts and their value in bringing together international communities.