John Machado

  • President of the Board

  • Chief Executive Officer

  • Founder

John Machado has been a full-time professor of art history at local Chaffey College since 2005. After completing undergraduate work in art history at San Diego State University he earned his graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in the culture and art history of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. He has worked at various museums and galleries and taught art history at universities and colleges in California, Oregon and Texas. Machado teaches courses in art history covering the complete Western survey as well as the Ancient Americas, Africa and the islands of the South Pacific. He also has a passion for seeing the world and has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and recently Asia. At Chaffey College he also serves as the Educational Program Coordinator for the School of Visual and Performing Arts Departments of Broadcasting & Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts; and as the Registrar for the Chaffey College Art Collection.

In 2015 Machado returned to graduate school to attain a Master’s in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management. He has recently created an undergraduate program to provide arts business management courses at Chaffey College beginning in Fall 2019.

In 2016 Machado founded the nonprofit organization The Arts Area and currently serves as CEO and President of the Board. In this position he also serves on various city and county advisory committees.

In 2017 Machado established the Maker Innovation Center (MIC) at Chaffey College in partnership with the City of Rancho Cucamonga and currently serves as the MIC Project Director. The implementation of the center was funded in part by a grant Machado received through the CCC Maker Initiative, which supports California Community Colleges in creating makerspaces, developing maker curriculum, encouraging hands-on student projects and offering internships that uniquely reflect their campuses and communities. The City of Rancho Cucamonga generously provided the facilities to house the makerspace. The mission of the Maker Innovation Center is to build a regional hub promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in all stages of production from ideation and design, to prototyping and problem solving, through manufacturing, marketing, and distribution that embraces an inclusive STEAM education model. The center is projected to open to the public in Fall 2019.

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