The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro teamed up with the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the third annual recognition of local “Game Changers,” people making the greater Greensboro area an even better place to live and work. Game Changers are recommended by community members and represent the wide range of civic and volunteer contributions in the community that often take place quietly away from the spotlight, but make a significant impact on the quality of life for Greensboro.

Mariana Rodriguez-Pardy, Artistic Director and founding member of the Board of Directors of Casa Azul of Greensboro, is a 2017 recipient of the Game Changer Award. Mariana, originally from Mexico City, has spent the last 10 years working closely with the local Hispanic community.


Mariana is a certified Spanish interpreter and has had parallel careers as a visual artist, studio potter and educator. She has instructed children, cancer patients and visually impaired people in dozens of folk art workshops inspired by her Latin roots. As an “Artist in School” educator with the Greenhill Center for NC Art for 5 years, Mariana shared her Mexican cultural traditions and stories with hundreds of Guilford County 4th graders.

Mariana was also recognized this year by the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford County as a Notable Latino of the Triad. Congratulations and thank you to Mariana for all her accomplishments!