Carolina is a multi-cultural artist and activist and always learning. Her work revolves around questions of access, equity, place, and belonging. Her mediums are nonprofits, community engagement, motherhood, multi-media storytelling, and writing. Carolina did the bulk of her growing up in Brazil with quick interludes abroad. Today a nonprofit director and maker of audio stories.


As a resident of the land of in-between—a common phenomena for the multi-cultural set—Carolina believes that to be present and engaged, with our communities and place, is at the heart of what it means to be home. She lives on traditional Yakama homeland, in present day Columbia Gorge, and tries to be a good settler to this place.


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2020 Artist Residency Hypatia-in-the-Woods 

2019 Artist Residency Caldera Community 

2019 Third Coast International Audio Festival & Conference Volunteer Cohort

2019 Artist Talk: ScaleHouse Voices

2019 Essay: Motherhood is not a gap on my resume - Motherhood Magazine

​2018 Artist Residency Caldera 

​2017 Grant: Regional Arts and Culture Council Project 

2015 Essay: Worldviews -  Planet Drum

2014 Screenings by invitation: Indie Festival, Matilha Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil)

2013 Screening: Cinemateca Brasileira, São Paulo, BR

2013 Screenings: Official Selections: Chicago International Movies and Film Festival, In-Edit Brasil, CBGB Festival, Curitiba International Film Festival, 7˚ Festival CineMúsica

2013 Award: Silver Documentary Feature at JamFest Film Fest

2013 Screenings by invitation: Reciprocity, Blackwater Records 

2005 Award: Women in Film Emerging Latina Filmmaker 

2003 Screenings: Chicago Women's Film Festival, Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

2002 Award: Chicago Emmy Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming 

2002 Essay: Bikini Border Bandit - Bored Mag

2001 Short Film featured in a Miranda July Chainletter Tape

2001 Segment producer for Public Television

2000 MFA Teaching Assistant Full Scholarship

90's Art Director for MTV Brasil, music & zines


2018 - ongoing: Executive Director for CultureSeed, a nonprofit organization in the Columbia Gorge region of the Pacific Northwest. CultureSeed provides connection to nature, self and others to underserved youth, with our Year-Round Outdoor & Community Engagement Youth Cohort, to the incarcerated, through our Bending the Bars program. Recent interview.

2011- 2012 Communications Director for Mozambique based Permaculture Reference Center

2008 - 2010 Communications Director & Environmental Justice Program Coordinator for Chicago based international relief NPO

2008 Volunteer Food Security communications and outreach for urban permaculture, São Paulo (BR)

2007 Signature Leadership Evanston Program Scholarship

2006 - 2007 Co-founder & Executive Director for Chicago based inner city cultural center

2007 Volunteer co-founder inner city farmer's market

2002 - 2005 Art Educator for inner city Milwaukee nonprofit

90's  - Art Educator Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (BR)