Margaret Porter Troupe, born and raised in Gloster, Mississippi, graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English.  She was an account executive at The New York Times for 16 years before embarking on a career in the arts that spans more than 30 years. She has achieved distinction as a producer of cultural events in New York City and in San Diego, California, with her entrepreneurial spirit and passionate dedication to the arts as a gallery owner, director of the Harlem Arts Salon, arts writer and editor.

Her career bringing arts education and enrichment to young people began with her award-winning  after-school program: VeVe: Visual Environments for Visual Education, in San Diego, CA, where professional artists mentored high school would-be artists and taught middle-schoolers bookmaking, poetry, drawing, painting, puppetry, papier-mache sculpture, and other art-making activities.

Before founding The Gloster Arts Project in 2014, Ms Porter Troupe was executive director of Harlem Textile Works, a community-based nonprofit arts education program and social enterprise that trained youth in silkscreen printing and graphic design.

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