Michael Lorenzo Lopez, Guest Artist, is a cinematographer, editor, director, visual artist, educator and all around storyteller. He first experienced the power of socially engaged storytelling when he was a teenager; Working with guest artist, Moisés Kauffman at Working Classroom, Michael worked with his peers to transcribe interviews of community members in Albuquerque who identified as Conversos or Crypto-Jews, turning these interviews into theatrical moment work. Seeing art and education as a dynamic cross-disciplinary process, Michael is interested in the intersection of art media education and social justice. His passion for visual arts and storytelling is driven by a desire to connect with people and share in the discovery process storytelling affords. Michael has worked in New York, Muckleshoot, Washington, Vietnam, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Philippines. He returned to his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012 where he shares his love of story to document and inspire engagement with ideas of social change. He is one of the founders of the Working Classroom Multimedia Program, and a founding member of Media Desk New Mexico. He has collaborated and produced work for The City of Albuquerque, PBS, American Graduate, Upworthy, The Kellogg Foundation, The Academy for the Love of Learning and many invaluable nonprofits in New Mexico, working toward more just and equitable society.