Talia Hansen has a dual interest in museums and public education. Her museum experiences include exhibit design and fabrication and community outreach. She was part of the team that prepared The Leonardo’s opening displays. She later joined the Utah Museum of Natural History, where she wrote curriculum and trained educators on techniques that promote student engagement and learning through inquiry. More recently, Talia has been a guest speaker, advocating for girls and women in science. She currently works for the Salt Lake City School District’s Community Education Department and is Executive Assistant to Leslie Kelen, director of the Center for Documentary Expression and Art.
Dave Borba is an artist, student, and aspiring social worker. His use of interactive kinetic sculptures invites audiences to engage with their environments and explore connections with self and others. While traveling through the country, presenting his work, he recognized the potential art has to create shared experiences, raise awareness, and even heal. This recognition inspired Dave to return to school with aspirations to tap into the transformative powers of art as a therapist. He is currently finishing his bachelor’s in social work at the University of Utah and is CDEA’s 2017 spring semester intern. Recently, Dave was accepted into the University College of Social Work advanced standing program. He begins graduate school in the summer of 2017.