Puerta’s Gallery is a gallery and art space dedicated to creative expression, critical thinking and community engagement. By combining her experience in politics and civics with her love of art, Dorri created Puerta’s Gallery to serve as a creative outlet for people to learn and engage in politics and the community through art. A democracy can only work when its constituents are informed and active participants. Knowing and understanding how to source and evaluate accurate and unbiased information is critical to a successful democracy. Art can help “exercise” critical thinking and evaluation skills.

For example, the same process and critical thinking skills used to evaluate art and creative expression can be used to dissect and analyze political issues and rhetoric. Very rarely what is on the surface is the full story.

By focusing on political art, Puerta’s Gallery fosters a multidimensional and in-depth approach to evaluating ideas and perspectives through creative expression. From cave paintings to pop art, the visual representations of ideas and information have always been used to communicate culture, ideas and historic events. Puerta’s Gallery uses art to encourage and foster an open mind and critical eye toward the ideas we share and the information we consume.