Mara Latorre
  • Mara Latorre
  • Mara Latorre is a hybrid between a visual artist and an Urban Planner. Back in 2011, she received her bachelor's degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Urban Studies, from the University of South Florida. Mara Latorre had her first exposure to community development programming during her duration with the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC), from 2011-2014. During her time with Prodigy Cultural Arts, a youth-based arts enrichment program of the UACDC, she was able to help connect parents and community members to community-based programming offered with the organization, and local partnerships. In 2016, Latorre received her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and Certificate of Community Real Estate Development from the University of South Florida. Latorre formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. From 2016-2019, she served as one of the City Planners for the City of Plant City’s Planning & Zoning Division. She also served as a Plant City representative for the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and served as an appointed City Liaison for Plant City Main Street. Other initiatives Mara has worked on was through her coordination of ‘Arts Rise! North Tampa’s Festival of the Arts’ (2013), and a planning committee member for ‘Lights on Tampa’ (2015), East Hillsborough Discovery Quest (2018), A Taste of Laura Street food festival (2018) and has co-founded Plant City’s annual Bike Ride with the Mayor event (since 2017). Mara also facilitates 'art jams', organic community-based space that helps to connect people through collaborative art projects. Latorre is also the creator behind The Funky Spork, a blogging platform where she teaches others how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy recipes. Latorre is currently an ESL educator, where she integrates her background in art and community-based youth education to teach her learners. Nevertheless, she continues to fuse her Visual Art & Planning knowledge and experience to empower and advocate for others within her community.

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