Educators' Guide

In all of her work, Marisa Martinez honors her Mexican heritage and the angels who have given her many gifts which changed her life’s direction. Her angels are real people who have mentored here throughout her art rather than the stereotypical image of an angel. Write about an angel or role model who helped you. Describe what they did and how it changed your life.

Marisa created a Milagro series by including Mexican prayer charms in all of her jewelry. Think of a trademark item which represents the culture of your family or your larger heritage. Now include it in your everyday life. Can you add it to creative work, give examples of it as gifts, talk about its meaning, include it in a poem or song?