Agustina Cavanagh

Synergos Senior Fellow & Board Member, Cimientos

Agustina Cavanagh was executive director of Cimientos, an Argentinian nonprofit organization working to improve access, permanence, and quality in the formal educational system for children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Created in 1997, Cimientos aspires to create a future in which every child is guaranteed access to a quality education, and in which children and young people from low-income families have a legitimate and effective possibility to exercise their right to education. Since 1998, it has developed and implemented programs that encourage inclusion, permanence, and quality of school education. Programs provide personalized mentoring, financial support, training, and exchange experiences to all program participants. Cimientos works in alliance with other nonprofit organizations, public administration programs, and public schools.

Ms. Cavanagh worked for four years as Programs Director in Fundación Arte Viva, developing programs that enable school teachers and museum educators to provide cultural experiences and develop critical thinking abilities to students within schools of low cultural access and resources, and develop Cultural Heritage Awareness and its sustainability in the town of San Ignacio in the province of Misiones, which hosts the Jesuit Missions. She also coordinated the first steps of the Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indigena in Montevideo, Uruguay, and during six years worked in the Education Department of the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires, developing communication strategies for the museum's heritage, guiding tours for the general public and schools, and leading art workshops.

Ms. Cavanagh is a Fulbright alumna and has received funds from Fundación Antorchas to develop her work in art education. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Prilidiano Pueyrredon Arts School, the national art school in Buenos Aires, and a Masters in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.