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Maria Elvira Vieira Pereira Leite, born 1936, graduated from Escola Superior de Belas Artes do
Porto (ESBAP) in 1964. Albeit her early artistic success, she went back to school to graduate with a
teaching degree and continued her career as a high school teacher. From 1976 on, she dedicated
herself to several activities of cultural diffusion. Some of the notable accomplishments included
being a consultant for UNESCO teaching art in Portuguese-speaking countries; being invited by the
Portuguese government to plan and coordinate art programs for Portuguese women emigrants in
other European countries; serving as a fellow of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and creating
arts educational materials; and acting as consultant of the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, of the
Regional Traditional Arts Centre and of the Educational Service of the Fundação de Serralves.
Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977 is based on the exhibition Quem te ensinou? — ninguém
curated by Lúcia Almeida Matos and Susana Lourenço Marques and presented at Faculdade de
Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto in 2016. The exhibition is supported by the University of Porto,
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and by Baruch College and the Weissman School of Arts and