Marissa Katarina Bergmann
Educator in Residence
Marissa Katarina Bergmann is an artist, graphic designer, and arts educator based in New York, NY. She received a BA in Visual and Media Studies, Documentary Studies, and Photography from Duke University, an MFA from California College of the Arts, and a K-12 Single Subject Art Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. Her personal and collaborative artworks have been featured nationally and internationally in galleries, universities, theatres, and festivals in San Francisco, Oakland, Durham, and Chapel Hill, as well as Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and Florence, Italy.
Marissa has spent the greater part of six school years teaching at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School (MLK) as a Visual Art Teacher and Arts Integration Specialist, creating and implementing arts curriculum in collaboration across content areas to deepen learning. At MLK, she has served as a Coach and Youth Voice Facilitator for MindCatcher and is an elected member of the Leadership Team and Union Building Committee. Marissa has also taught at schools in the Bronx, NY, Durham, NC, Benicia, CA, and Arusha, Tanzania. Other teaching experience includes Poetry Director and Curriculum Specialist with America Scores Bay Area, Teaching Artist Assistant and Young Artists At Work (YAAW) Facilitator through Yerba Buena Center for the Art, and Photo Teacher at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Marissa has partnered with community organizations to provide youth with opportunities to participate in public art projects, such as the creation of the “DREAM” public art sculpture on Bernal Hill in San Francisco, CA. Her professional goal as an educator is to teach young adults that the arts are universal. She infuses her passion to be creative into her work and recognizes that everyone can be a positive, powerful force in shaping the world.