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Vivian Monserrate Cotte began her career in the public relations offices of Loehmann’s on Halsey Street in The Bronx, eventually landing at AC&R Public Relations on Madison Avenue. With a degree in English and a minor in multi-media journalism, she pursued a book and magazine publishing career working with publishers such as St. Martin’s Press, Random House Children’s Books, Car & Driver, Flying and Latina magazine/Essence Communications. Venturing on to early internet start-up NiaOnline, presented Vivian the opportunity to work with women journalists and writers whom she had long admired. Launching Artea Creative has given her the flexibility to work with a variety of start-ups, including the opportunity to work with the Autism Coalition when they transitioned into Autism Speaks.
A Bronxite since the age of three, Vivian is a strong believer in giving back to the community and the transformative impact of the arts and humanities, and spent her “days off’’ as a literacy mentor with organizations that expose youths to the arts. Vivian was the consulting Development Director for The COVE Media Arts & Literacy program, which teaches teens multi-media skills as part of their Alternatives to Violence projects, and eventually became one of their Board Members. Vivian was also on the advisory board of DREAM! (Dare to Revitalize Education thru Arts & Mediation) whose mission is to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. DREAM! provides training to NYC DOE teachers and students in restorative practices, peer mediation, and conflict resolution in order to change the culture of their schools to one of non violence. In 2015, Vivian was brought on as Interim Director of Development & External Affairs at Harlem School of the Arts while their Board sought out a new president and instituted a new marketing, development and external affairs team. Today, Vivian volunteers as a mentor helping youth prepare for and enter college. When not juggling multiple clients, special projects, or volunteering, you can find Vivian behind her Nikon camera, exploring and photographing New York and other cities.
Photographs by Vivian Cotte
"Viv did an excellent job on the United Women Firefighters website. She was able to organize a huge dump of information into something that is clean, beautifully designed, and easy to navigate. She was very professional and understanding with us, teaching us how to maintain the site. She's an amazing person and project manager. A+++!"
Sarinya Srisakul, President, United Women Firefighters