Mr. Julio Montano

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Mr. Julio Montano

Mr. Montaño graduated from Pontificia Bolivariana University in 1998 with a degree in Arts with major in Social Sciences and minor in Education. He also studied Cultural Anthropology with Application in Mission at Missionary Institute of Anthropology IMA. (Medellin Colombia). In USA, he completed an Associate of Arts with concentration in Social Service in St. Augustine College. He is currently studying Fine Arts at Triton College.

In his home town of Tumaco, he worked as a Art teacher for more than twenty years in Liceo Nacional Max Seidel, Nuestra Senora de Las Lajas, Manuel Elkin Patarrollo and Los Amigos de La Ciencia Colleges. As an artist he founded a cultural organization called “CADEP” (Corporacion Artistica Danzas Ecos del Pacifico). He also founded The Currulao Festival and A Cultural and Communitarian Radio Broadcast “Tumaco Stereo”. Mr. Montaño is the co-writer of 3 books about afro-Colombian legends and myths: “Los Abuelos me lo Contaron”, “Los Peces Rojos” and “Las Carcajadas del Pilde”

Since moving to the US more than 10 years ago, Mr. Montaño has been teaching Fine Arts and Spanish in Chicago Public Schools, La Casa Montesorri School, Urban Prep Academies, and Bilingual Montessori Lab Academy.

Mr. Montaño is a painter, print maker, worker in ceramics, afro drums maker; expert in scroll saw and carving and cutting wood. He has a basic knowledge of electricity, theater lighting, drumer player, dancer and teacher of afro-Colombian percussion and an expert in radio diffusion program for alternative communication medias. Mr. Montaño has experiences in combining his knowledge in Fine Arts and Spanish lenguage, which allowed him to create a methodology where he can teach the Spanish language through the Arts.