- My first name, Elan, came from an episode of Star Trek.
- My second middle name is a combination of my grandmother's names, Dorothy and Decena, DORCENA.
- My full name is Elan Marie Dorcena Cadiz Ferguson
My interest in art began when I was young. My father and mother, always supplied me with art supplies and encouragement. I grew up watching and admiring them both, and as I became older I was introduced to teaching as their assistant.
My formal training began in the High School of Art & Design. After graduation I was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology where I studied Advertisement and Design and Photography for two years. I graduated from City College of New York City with a BA in Studio Art and Education in 2008. I specialized in graphic design, printmaking, and education. I also took classes in art instruction and child psychology. I received my Masters in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts May 2018.
I have instructed young people in the arts for 23 years and taught for or was in collaboration with programs/institutions such as the Police Athletic League (P.A.L), Astoria Beacon Program, Young Adult Institute (Y.A.I), Casa Duarte, P.S. /I.S. 180, Say Yes To Education (affiliated with Columbia’s Teachers College), Harlem School of the Arts, Thurgood Marshall Upper and Lower Academies, Harlem Gems (Harlem Children Zone), No Longer Empty, Cool Culture, Bank Street College, Weeksville Heritage Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Historical Society, Center for Arts Education, Community Works NYC, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Boys Club of New York City, Foster Pride, the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling.