Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Andrea will soon graduate from Caracas’ Madison Academy High School in July 2019. Interested in the arts and music from a very young age, she received a creativity-based early childhood education, continuing with art classes throughout elementary and middle school. As part of her dual Venezuelan-Spanish identity, Andrea attended Flamenco dance classes throughout her childhood and teen years. Deeply interested in folkloric Hispanic music movements, she recently began studies in Latin American music history as well as Spanish guitar and vocal technique with a goal of building a foundation for her academic path into the arts & humanities. Furthering her interest in alternative creativity-based education methods for young children, such as Montessori, she now serves as an intern assistant in an early childhood education center working on music stimulation with toddlers.
After her experience as a participant in the 2018 Genesis Academy Summer Institute, a global leadership and peace-building educational program for next-generation youth from áreas of conflict, she came to realize her desire to explore how the arts can be a used to promote peace, especially in the field of human rights. Since that time, Pérez-Fernández began working on her ground-breaking creative Project, Alas (Wings) which explores issues of identity and childhood spent in the midst of civic unrest and state-sanctioned violence. It includes a compilation of short poems, songs and the folkloric Spanish tradition, Nana. In the future, Andrea looks forward to creating Latin American-based music programs for children. She aspires to become a voice for Latin American human rights issues.