Meet Csilla Kosa, Visual Arts Teacher

Csilla Kosa began her career as an art teacher in her native Romania. After moving to the US, she taught printmaking to immigrant kids at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. A dedicated teacher with Masters degrees in both art education and studio art, and National Board Teacher Certification, she taught visual art at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School before joining the Uplift community. As an arts educator, she believes in finding opportunities for collaborations and connections that deepen experiences and build an empathetic outlook on the world and self. Csilla is inspired by people who believe they can change themselves, their community, and the world, by creating new ways of seeing and understanding.

More About Ms. Kosa
  1. Where did you attend school? I have a BA and an MFA in Art Education and Studio Arts from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and an MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, California.
  2. What excites you most about your new role? I am most excited about discovering new possibilities for exploring the visual arts that empower students with a creative voice and thinking. As students construct their individual and collective worldviews, I am super excited about sharing my passion, expertise and love for the arts and for creating moments of wonder in learning.
  3. Why did you choose to become an art teacher? I love the capacity of the arts to challenge old habits and develop students’ capacity to see the world with new eyes. This leads to greater understandings of personal experiences as well the histories and values of peoples past and present. The arts can teach us how to imagine a better future with compassion and confidence.
  4. Why did you choose Uplift? The Social Justice and STEM mission at Uplift greatly appeal to my passion and sensibility as an artist, educator, parent, and citizen of the world. My background in social justice is informed by my involvement in two political arts organizations I co-founded: the San Francisco Print Collective, and MindBomb in my native Romania. Both projects use art to intervene in public space to raise awareness about issues such as gentrification, homelessness, poverty and other forms of social and economic inequality.
  5. What is an interesting fact about you? I am an amateur boxer. I am fascinated by the pugilist arts. I have a fighter’s mentality in the best sense of the word. I am also fascinated by the connections between the creative and the scientific mind. I enjoy advancing new findings or solutions for life’s problems, which I often incorporate into my teaching. My motto is: Confidence is a journey and beauty an invention; Be fearless in your art!