Philomena Salem is a multi-medium artist, educator, freelance face-painter, and active advocate of child well-being. Philomena studied Media Technology at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas and earned her BA in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art & Design) in 2010.
Philomena has worked directly for the betterment of children since 2007 beginning as a production assistant and juror for KIDS FIRST! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, where she now manages a weekly radio show, KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, where children review content of upcoming films.
Since college, she has focused her career to serve youth and has worked with children of all ages in many different venues such as schools, camps, museums, and juvenile correctional facilities.
She is passionate about promoting the importance of self-expression and creative opportunity for children and currently teaches art at the Academy for the Love of Learning and the NM Academy of International Studies.
Philomena likes to play post-apocalyptic video games, collect things that are pink and purple, and brag about her 3 pet rats.