Maura Dwyer is a Maryland Institute College of Art alumni with a focus on design that supports building community and social justice. As founder of Spectrum Mural Studio, Maura works with organizations in the Baltimore/Washington DC area to increase participation in public art. Everything is designed. The sooner students understand each image, object, interface and built environment they interact with on a daily basis was made through a series of decisions, the sooner they connect critical thinking skills to real-world impact. My practice starts with an idea and ends in a visual representation using design, collage, and cultural and historical research.