Stevie Mack is
the founder and owner of CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education and
Travel. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Education from
the University of Arizona and taught art in the public schools for
13 years. In 1985, she founded CRIZMAC to publish and distribute
quality art education resources for teachers. In 1989, she was selected
as the Outstanding Art Educator in Arizona. The National Art Education
Association recognized her accomplishments with the Distinquished
Service Award in 1998. She has published widely, and produced numerous
New York Film Festival award-winning video programs.
CRIZMAC’s travel program, Journeys of Art and Soul,
organized and led by Stevie has offered art and cultural, culinary
and literary trips to both domestic and international destinations
for over twenty years. Committed to your satisfaction, Stevie with
the help of her staff and her husband Mike Grassinger, attends to
all of the trip details with the intention of offering an educational
and completely enjoyable experience to her travelers. After years
of taking groups to Mexico to participate in the Days of the Dead
celebration, in 2011 she co-authored the book Day of the Dead
on the colorful traditions of the holiday. Her second title, Days
of the Dead Folk Art was released in 2015.
In 2001 she opened the CRIZMAC Art and Cultural Marketplace and
Gallery, a unique retail store, that featured the work of local
artists and artists from around the world. Special events and exhibitions
were held at the Marketplace & Gallery throughout the year.
Ms. Mack gives presentations and teaches art and cultural classes
through a variety of community organizations.
Dan Chavez is a local freelance photographer
and photojournalist whose passion for photography began when he
first used his Father’s 35 mm camera as a teenager. Having
traveled extensively exploring and researching locations in Europe,
the Middle East, South America, Cuba and Colonial Mexico, his inspiration
and subject matter is drawn from an interest in history and art
as well as a fascination with architecture and culture. “Individuals
can look at the same subject matter, yet each person’s experience
is unique and their own. Through my camera lens, my images and articles
will allow individuals to experience the beauty of other places
and other times.” Having visited Mexico City numerous times
in recent years Chavez’s enthusiasm and curiosity will lend
a unique perspective and knowledge to the upcoming Frida and
Diego’s Mexico City Tour.