John Acosta, New Media and Visual Art Program Coordinator, is a native New Mexican, and a native Albuquerquean. John is also a first generation Mexican American. His parent’s migrated at a very young age, escaping poverty and hunger, from one of the poorest cities in Mexico, Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. He studied computer programming at Central New Mexico Community College and later Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. While at UNM he began working for Encuentro, an organization that focused on providing adult education to Albuquerque’s spanish-speaking immigrant community. Here he was in charge of coordinating a group of 12 community journalists, both current and former students of Encuentro, who would work on hyper-local stories on their community. Passionate about media, immigration and worker issues, the move to Encuentro was a natural fit. With encouragement from friends, peers, and co-workers John accepted the New Media and Visual Arts position at Working Classroom. He is extremely excited to join the tight-knit team here and hopes to grow with Working Classroom for years to come. In his free time, John loves creating and teaching photography and videography as he believes that this type of storytelling can be utilized as a tool for young people to engage civically in their community. He also runs a production studio where he helps small businesses and organizations promote themselves through social media.