Maruca G. Salazar, Community Trustee
Maruca G. Salazar, Community TrusteeCurator, Museo de las Americas

Points of View

As an artist and leader of a cultural organization, I feel being engaged in the current art scene is crucial to better understand the process of innovation. It helps keep me current and energizes my efforts to support the new generation of talented artists, in particular, artists from the Americas and artists of color.
I am honored by this appointment which reflects a new and positive approach to inclusiveness and equal representation. As a Community Trustee, I hope to bring another perspective to the table to better serve Denver’s diverse population. Also, the Foundation’s long tradition of community service, support for innovation and creativity – now coupled with its focus on arts and culture are wonderfully aligned with my personal passions and focus. I could not ask for a better match!

Meet Maruca Salaza

Maruca Salazar joined as the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s second Community Trustee in 2016. She is currently a curator at Museo de las Americas where she served as Executive Director from 2009 to 2017. Maruca also serves on the Denver Commission of Cultural Affairs. Prior to leading the Museo, she had a long tenure with Denver Public Schools (DPS) serving as middle school art teacher, curriculum writer, and finally as Arts Coordinator for all disciplines, where she administered a multi-million dollar program aimed at art teachers. She also served for eleven years as the DPS representative on the Tier III Denver County Cultural Council, and for the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. Her awards and honors include: Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Rex Morgan Volunteer Award from SCFD, and Women of Distinction Girls Scout of America. Maruca and her husband Daniel are practicing artists, and enjoy traveling for work and pleasure.