Magda Martinez

Chief Operating Officer

Contact Info

(215) 685-0729

Magda Martinez joins Mural Arts Philadelphia after 16 years as the Director of Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial. As a member of Fleisher’s leadership team, Magda shaped the strategic vision of the institution. In addition, she designed and implemented Fleisher’s nationally recognized audience engagement initiative—which has been featured in the publications Staying Relevant in a Changing Neighborhood: How Fleisher Art Memorial is Adapting to Shifting Community Demographics and The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences—and the nationally recognized Teen Lounge, an arts-based drop-in program for young people between the ages 13–18, featured in the report Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts.

Magda currently serves as a board member of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and has served on the board of the Bartol Foundation and Taller Puertorriqueño. Her advice and thought leadership is sought by the American Association of Museums, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the national advisory panel for the Boys & Girls Club of America’s national afterschool arts programs. She has presented at many conferences and workshops, including the National Arts Marketing Project, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the National Guild of Community Arts Education, and the Wallace Foundation.

She has received a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst grant, and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award in recognition of her work using art as a tool for community transformation. Magda is a writer, vocalist, educator, and performer whose passion for and belief in the power of the arts began in her youth. She has written, performed, and produced her original works nationally. She is a member of Las Gallas, a Philadelphia-based artist collective which has toured nationally and internationally.

Last updated: Sep 21, 2018