Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Eduardo Mendonca
Partner Type
Profile Photo
Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Mendonça has performed for former South African President Nelson Mandela and the 14th Dalai Lama when both visited Seattle. In 1991 in Brazil, Mendonça was featured in Paul Simon’s music video, “Born at the Right Time”. Recently, Eduardo was feature by Soundbridge Presents performing his compositions with musicians from Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall and directed 117 performers for the Seahawks Half-time show in 2010. Here are only a few achievements Eduardo has been receiving in the United States: - 2009 and 2014, “Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award” dedicated to support individuals working to helpyoung people feel fully alive through rhythm as expressed in dance, music and poetry - This award honors those who devoted their lives to bring forth the joy side of human nature to strengthen communities; - In 2009, Eduardo Mendonça received from the Congressman Jim McDermott the, “Spirit of Liberty Award” – Award for an immigrant who has made outstandingcontribution to his adopted country, the U.S.A. while maintaining his ethnic heritage. –Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle; - 2007 winner of “Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S.” by the Brazilian International Press Award (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); and 2006 “Tribute” from Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and the Spanish & PortugueseStudies of University of Washington for: Excellence, Contribuition in theAdvancement of Performing Arts and Education of the Brazilian Music.

Contact Information

First Name
Ana Paula
Last Name
P.O.Box 2242
Address 2
(425) 254-1616

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Brazilian Drumming & Creative Rhythms 


Previous School Partnerships
  • Northgate Elementary School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • McGilvra Elementary
  • Sand Point Elementary School
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Eduardo Mendonça is known also by working in fully collaboration with teachers. He want to meet with the teacher beforehand to learn about academic goals and how he can approach to school goals the most as a possible without compromise his teaching style. Mendonça constantly check with teacher looking for reflect the performance of the class to make sure the goals are still aligned. A reflection is made as wrap-up.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
One example for integrated arts residences: from 1998 to 2008 Eduardo has been annually in residency invited by the Geography teacher from Washington Middle School in his unit of South America. Mr. Katz moved to Roosevelt High School in 2009, and since then Eduardo is invited back to continue integrate music in his class. " I really enjoyed learning the rhythm on the drums, playing the bells and watching you play guitar. Your presentation really made me think about learning about other cultures and possibly traveling to Brazil - Allie Pleas ( 2014 - Roosevelt High School - Seattle, WA). " “Thank you for all the teaching and energy. I have really enjoyed your enthusiasm and talent. The different instruments you play are amazing! The experience I have had will stay with me for the rest of my life. My favorite instrument was the Agogo bells. Brazil sounds like an awesome place to visit.” Clayton Zimmerman , Sixth grade student - Chimacum Middle School - Chimacum, WA (Spring 1999). One example for cultural arts residence based in the lesson plan is on what the class/residency is about: "Experience the variety and power of the rhythms from Brazil. Participants of all ages and levels of ability will be introduced to several traditional rhythms. The focus is on a hands-on experience, allowing participants to feel the inner workings of Brazilian music in an intuitive and spontaneous way. Also, games and reflection are deeply used for community building.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
- Leading Professional Development with K-12 teachers, - Recording and filming to document, - Working with cultural diverse populations As an individual artist, Eduardo has been participating of several trainings on arts education and social justice. As he always say: "teaching is an endless process of learning", we will be always seeking for professional development experiences to revisit and improve his abilities as teaching artist.
Testimonials from Schools
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Upon Request


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Photo by: Susie Fitzhugh
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Instrument making photo by Ana Paula Mendonca
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King 5 News featured Eduardo Mendonça during the Guiding Lights weekend as one of the inspiring people fostering creativity and mentorship.
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Residency in Idaho Public Schools. Eduardo Mendonça teaching and Education Director for Show Brazil! - Music and Dance in the schools.
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Residency at Northgate Elementary School