New York City
April Arrozal (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Victoria Azurin (Masters candidate in Musical Studies - New York University)
Marna Chester (M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management - Pratt Institute)
Sophia Dawson (Masters candidate in Visual Arts Administration - New York University)
Allison Faye (Ed.D candidate - Interdisciplinary Studies - Teachers College, Columbia University)
Shirin Golshani (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - New York University)
Maura Guyote (B.A. in History, B.F.A. in Fine Arts - New School University)
Echo He (Masters candidate in Visual Arts Administration - New York University)
Jennifer Hutzel (M.A. in Museum Management - Montclair State University)
Kathi Ice (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Kay Akiko Izumihara (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Nan Jiang (Masters candidate in Social Work - Columbia University School of Social Work)
Karen Ling (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - New York University)
Elisha Omar (Masters Candidate in Occupational Therapy - New York University)
Amanda Rocha (Masters candidate in Social Work - Columbia University)
Melissa Seymour (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Katherine Tineo (Masters candidate in Social Work - Columbia University School of Social Work)
Arielle Teitcher (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Lauren Winterbottom (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Columbia University)
Arlene Yu (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - New York University)
Elizabeth Adeyefa-Olasupo (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
My name is Elizabeth Adeyefa-Olasupo; I was born in Lagos Nigeria, and moved to the United States in 1999. I have lived in Maryland since I moved here to the US. I started my educational journey at Greenbelt middle school (Greenbelt MD), and then went on to Northwestern High School (Hyattsville, MD). I attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore for two years before transferring to Bowie State University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Howard University. I stay active through exercise and volunteering in my community. In the past years, I have worked as a Teacher’s Aide at elementary schools and early learning centers. Ultimately, I would like to work as a pediatric occupational therapist. I look forward to my fellowship with ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY.
Osereime Joseph Aimua (MFA candidate in Painting and Sculpture - Howard University)
Osereime Joseph Aimua was born on August 25, 1982 in Rayne, Louisiana. His parents named him “Osereime” because they want him to have a unique name as well as one with meaning. Osereime means “God’s Gift” in Nigerian, and he has tried his best to live up to his name over the years with his art as well as his life. After receiving his B.A in fine arts from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and taking a few years off to experience life, Osereime is again a student currently enrolled in the M.F.A. program at Howard University. During his tenure as an undergraduate and as a graduate student, Osereime has been active in several exhibitions, community projects and has done volunteer work in various cities and communities as he finds his true voice as an artist.
Robin Baker (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Robin Baker is a second year Master’s degree candidate pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy at Howard University. Robin was born in Providence, Rhode Island but spent the majority of her childhood in Greenville, North Carolina. Robin received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her love for occupational therapy began. Robin loves the holistic approach of occupational therapy and the profession’s focus to regain independence and satisfaction in all realms of life. Robin is ecstatic about her future profession and the opportunity to serve as an ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY Fellow.
Rashita Connelly (MFA Candidate in Painting - Howard University)
Rashita Connelly is currently a second year MFA painting candidate at Howard University. She is a native of Hickory, North Carolina where her love of art grew as a young child as she competed and exhibited work locally. Rashita became a museum assistant for the Hickory Museum of Art. Later, she went on to start undergrad at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where she received a Bachelor of Art in Visual Art Design. She had the pleasure of being a curatorial assistant for The Green Hill Center for NC Art and now holds a position as a faculty advisor for Envision EMI, she plans to pursue a teaching career in painting at a collegiate level right after graduation.
Lauren Cotton (Bachelors candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Lauren Cotton was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. She is currently in her senior year at Howard University in Washington, DC, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Lauren’s concentration is in occupational therapy which she was first exposed to as a teenager, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lauren’s passions in life include animal conservation, helping people, and volunteering whenever she has the time. Giving back is Lauren’s passion and she currently volunteers at a school in Philadelphia for children with cerebral palsy, and during the summer she works as a camp counselor. Lauren has an older sister and mother who are two of her biggest motivators and her inspiration. Lauren is excited to be an ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY fellow and cannot wait to meet everyone.
Sarah Durkee (Masters candidate in Arts Management - American University)
Sarah Durkee is Vice President of Public Education at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, a position she has held since 2009. Sarah has worked at the Corcoran for the past 12 years; prior to serving in her current role, she held various positions within the institution in education, public programs, and special events. Sarah remains continually inspired by the creative connections that are made at the Corcoran through the collaboration between artists, educators, students, curators, and visitors alike — both on site and throughout the community. As a native Washingtonian, Sarah is passionate about developing strong community ties and legacies through the visual arts, and is therefore thrilled to be involved with a program like ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY in D.C. Sarah graduated with highest honors from Bowdoin College in 2000 earning a degree in Art History and International Relations. She currently resides in D.C. with her husband, two children, 165-pound dog, and two cats!
Geoffrey Edwards (Masters candidate in Oriental Medicine)
Geoffrey is originally from Milwaukee, WI. He attended undergraduate school at Jackson State University in Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Fine Art. With an interest in learning how to integrate his passion for helping others with his love of the arts, he later enrolled at Mount Mary College in his hometown Milwaukee where he received his Master of Science in Art Therapy. It was during this time in the art therapy program that he studied abroad in Arequipa, Peru and the seeds for multi-generational community work were truly planted. After working several years as an art therapist with adolescents and adults in public schools, detention centers, and acute psychiatric settings in the DC Metro area, he realized that he wanted to provide his clients and their families with a more comprehensive, holistic approach to care. This led to Geoffrey enrolling at the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts in Laurel, MD where he is concurrently enrolled in both the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs programs. His goals post-graduation are to open a community health and wellness center that focuses on treatment, education, and research in complementary and alternative medicine.
Alicia Fason (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Alicia is currently perusing her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Howard University. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. Alicia has spent a majority of her young adult life volunteering with individuals across all age groups. She found her niche working with older adults while volunteering for 2 years with the Hospital Elder Life Program. She loves music and has a strong appreciation and curiosity of all art forms. While in ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, Alicia hopes to gain more experience using her studies in a natural environment, learn more about new types of art, discover new ways to apply art to occupational therapy, and shine a little light on someone’s life.
Sherlan Greaves (Bachelors candidate in Psychology - Howard University)
“…I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again…” was the bittersweet lyric that looped through Amanda Selmans’ mind as she peered through the little oval American airlines window. Slowly the light blue ocean got darker as she was on her way to America, departing from her beautiful motherland of Barbados. This was the beginning of my family’s journey here in America, and I’m honored to say that Amanda Selman is my grandmother. I am Sherlan Greaves, the descendant of strong black women. Striving to do better as the people before me have, I found myself surreally sitting in a car peering out of the square mini-van window as the song “Leaving on a Jet Plane” looped through my mind (though it was a Mos Def song that just used the sample), headed on my own journey. Three years later, I am a twenty-year-old Senior at Howard University pursuing my undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Design. The apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
Erika Haley (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Erika Haley is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of seven. She was raised as an army brat for several years and was fortunate to live and travel to various cities within the U.S. In high school, she was very engaged with volunteering, plays, and her love of Spanish. She graduated cum laude from Bethune-Cookman University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, having earned the distinction of being included in the National Dean’s List Honors in 2005. After graduation, she worked for various companies in different fields ranging from food service to television installation. She found her niche working with children and adolescents who are autisitic or have learning or behavioral problems at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. Through her work at the Marcus Autism Center, Erika was introduced to the profession of Occupational Therapy. With encouragement from her mother, a Special Education Teacher, she decided to pursue pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. After graduation, Erika plans to work as a Occupational Therapist practitioner and become an advocate for the less fortunate to ensure they can afford the health services they deserve.
Jessica M. Hopkins (M.F.A. candidate in Painting - Howard University)
Jessica’s honors include a commission to create 15 – 48×48 canvases, for UDC, and illustrating for a medical book titled “Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Handbook” by El Gloria Harrison in 2009. Now she is currently an MFA Painting candidate at Howard University and will graduate in May 2013.
Kike Idowu (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Kike was born in Nigeria, she relocated to America in 1997 and now studies at Howard University pursuing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She is the secretary of the Phi Theta Epsilon Chapter at Howard University. She graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During college she worked at the Neurobehavioral Unit at Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore City. She worked with children to young adults with behavioral issues and special needs. After graduating from college she worked in a skilled nursing facility for a year, working with physical, occupational and speech therapists as a therapy aide. She enjoyed working with an elderly population and is passionate about working with the elderly as an occupational therapist to increase their involvement in everyday activities and living life to their fullest. Her goal while working with an aging adult is to help him or her increase their quality of life, which will positively affect their lives.
Sydnea Lewis (Bachelors candidate in Fine Arts - Howard University
Sydnea Lewis is a Senior Fine Arts Major at Howard University with a concentration in Graphic Design. Originally from New Orleans; she has always had a passion for the arts. She picked up her first paintbrush when she was 5 years old and hasn’t been able to put it down since. She has spent the last year as an intern at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in the Exhibits Production Office. This internship has provided her the opportunity to expand her graphic design skills in large-scale printing and mounting as well as exhibit design. Sydnea looks forward to finishing her undergraduate studies and pursuing her Masters.
Jamie McCrary (Masters candidate in Arts Management - American University)
A graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Ms. McCrary received her Bachelor of Music, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of North Texas in May 2011. While completing her degree and the year following graduation, Ms. McCrary has enjoyed successful teaching and freelance engagements in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has served on faculty as a violin/viola instructor at the Music Institute of North Texas, Southlake Music Academy, and Hilltop Montessori School . She has also played regularly with the San Angelo Symphony, Monroe Symphony, and Irving Symphony.
Ms. McCrary is currently pursuing her master’s in arts management at American University in Washington, DC. This past summer, she worked as an arts administration apprentice at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. While at NMF, Ms. McCrary worked closely with the executive director, assisting in festival publicity, fundraising, marketing, and ticket sales. She has also worked as an arts management intern with the New Texas Symphony in Dallas, Texas. Ms. McCrary plans to impact the arts by working with a cultural non-profit organization. Through her experiences, both as a musician and an arts manager , Ms. McCrary realized that art and music can serve as a catalyst for social change. She plans to work towards making the arts available to all individuals, regardless of age, social class, or gender.
Lizzy Morse (Masters candidate in Public History - American University)
Lizzy Morse was born in 1985 in Nashville, Tennessee, to a family of artists. She was always encouraged to pursue artistic interests from her father, who is a professional musician; and from various aunts and uncles who excel as a chef, architect, shoe-maker, clay-artist, and fashion designer. Growing up, Lizzy always enjoyed different art forms: piano, photography, throwing pottery, dancing, and poetry. Someday she wants to try glass-blowing. In 2008, Lizzy graduated from DePaul University with a BA in English Literature.
During college, she had been developing skills as a pastry chef, and worked in several high-end restaurants in Chicago.
After taking two years off from school, she decided to return to American University to study Public History–an MA program that combines academic history with museum studies skills. While at AU, she was an intern at the National Park Service, wrote and recorded an audio tour for the Smithsonian Gardens, and worked for the education team at the National Archives in downtown DC. Lizzy graduated in May 2012 from AU, and is currently a freelance writer for National Geographic. She has been an avid photographer and writer her whole life, and hopes that this career will take her exciting places!
Kendra Plummer (Masters candidate in Occupational Therapy - Howard University)
Catherine Starek (Masters candidate in Arts Management - American University)
Catherine Starek is a second year graduate student in Arts Management at American University in Washington, D.C. Her love of music and the arts began at a young age in North Carolina. She graduated with a degree in music education from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2010, receiving University and departmental honors. Catherine was the Adcock Scholar for the music department from 2009-2010. She joined the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra as a freshman and was an active member for five years. She was the featured flute soloist in 2008 after winning the University’s student concerto competition. She became the Artistic Operations intern for the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2010. This led to her participation in the League of American Orchestra’s 2011 Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar in NYC and to her enrollment in American University’s graduate program in Arts Management. Catherine has interned with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, D.C., participated in the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, and is currently a Development department intern with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. As an emerging arts manager, she believes in the value of the arts in society and to its contribution to our health and happiness.
Chen Yang (Masters candidate in Arts Management - American University)
Chen Yang is originally from Beijing-China. She is currently a Masters candidate in Arts Management at American University. Prior to joining American University, Chen completed a B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University, China and a M.A. in Human Development (Educational and Cognitive Psychology) from University of Maryland – College Park and worked at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation as a Program Coordinator. In addition to her current work as a strategic planning intern with International Arts & Artists in Washington DC, Chen has worked with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, the Performing Arts Division at the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Development Department at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler’s Galleries during the course of her Master’s program. Chen is a Chinese folk dance performer and choreographer and a great fan of all kinds of unique culture. In the journey of ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, Chen is interested in exploring cultural conservation, human development and creative aging with the great artists, fellow colleagues and professionals. In the future (10 years from now maybe), Chen is willing to form a creative center for seniors who would love to incorporate arts into every moment of living.
New York City
Elizabeth Berkowitz (PhD student in art history )
Rebecca Bourgault (doctoral student in art education)
Rebecca Bourgault was born in Quebec to a family of artists and artisans. She received her BFA in studio arts from Concordia University, Montreal in 1990 and completed her MFA at the University of Calgary in 1994. In her work, she privileges the installation format, using drawing, photography and three-dimensional objects to create visual narratives. Rebecca has taught at many post secondary institutions in Western Canada and is currently teaching art and visual culture courses in New York. She is working towards an Ed.D in Art & Art Education at Teachers College | Columbia University, where her research explores issues related to aging and the changing nature of artistic practices as time progresses.
Vassiliki Giannopoulos (master's student in arts administration)
Vassiliki Giannopoulos received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 2004, where she studied studio art and computer science. Following a yearlong teaching fellowship in Athens, Greece, she returned to her native New Haven, CT, where she joined the not-for-profit visual art center, Creative Arts Workshop, as Public Relations Director. During this position, Giannopoulos oversaw the publicity efforts and marketing initiatives of the Workshop including promotion of classes and workshops for adults and young people, gallery exhibitions, and special events. She has worked in various arts related fields including with a design studio, The Studio of Martha Burns, and Site Projects, a not-for-profit working to bring site-specific public art by internationally recognized artists to New Haven. Giannopoulos is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, where she also serves as an intern for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Danielle Katz (master's student occupational therapy)
Danielle, currently a duel-degree student at Columbia, was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She attended Trinity College in Connecticut where she majored in Eastern Religion and spent time abroad in Trinidad and Tobago to research for her thesis as well as a summer in Rome to study Roman art and architecture. After graduating from college with faculty and departmental honors, she moved to New York City and took a job in corporate real-estate advertising. Following a debilitating hand injury, Danielle was prescribed occupational therapy and thus began her introduction to the field. As she recovered, she spent her time volunteering with The Caring Community as a Friendly Visitor and with The Victorian Hands Foundation fundraising for their Life-Stories Program, which matches high school students with residents of a nursing home to share life stories. During this time, she realized that occupational therapy and public health were her passions and decided to pursue degrees at Columbia. She is currently a full-time student, was voted class delegate, and went to The American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference to represent Columbia; she plans to run for president of the national assembly of student delegates in the fall.
Danielle Long (master's student in arts administration)
Danielle Long is a 2nd year Masters candidate in the Graduate Program of Arts Administration. A native New Orleanian, she received a BFA in Drama (Directing, Creating Original Work) and Art History from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Since graduating, she has been a freelance stage manager for theater at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and SoHo Rep and for companies including SITI Company, 13P, and P73. Her work in the theater has been mainly in facilitating new work and upcoming playwrights. She has spent the last 5 summers as Stage Manager for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, which recently won the Regional Theater Tony Award. Stage managing allowed her to work directly with artists- playwrights, actors, directors, designers- and provide them with a safe, nurturing environment with which to create their work. Danielle has always been interested in collaboration, and her goals post-graduation are to facilitate and provide opportunities for greater dialogue and integration of the performing and visual arts.
Caitlin LaRussa (master's student occupational therapy)
Caitlin LaRussa was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved to Westchester in high school, went to college outside Philadelphia, stayed four more years in West Philly, and is now back in Brooklyn. She has a scraggly little dog named Brillo, loves cooking and baking, and is learning to garden. She is passionate about dance and photography, which she has been studying since high school. She is also a yoga teacher and practices daily. In the past four years, she has taught in a school for children with cerebral palsy, taught adult literacy, danced in a hip hop company, and worked as a study coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Caitlin is thrilled to be studying occupational therapy, and to be involved in ARTCART.
Julia Malta-Weingard (master's student in arts administration)
Julia Malta-Weingard is originally from the Bay Area in California. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in the department of World Arts and Cultures with a minor in Latin American Studies. While at UCLA, Julia was an active writer and content editor on the Daily Bruin student newspaper, serving as the Artistic Director in her senior year. She is particularly interested in folklore and storytelling in communities around the world and enjoys working together with people from a variety of backgrounds. Julia has traveled extensively for both study and leisure throughout Latin America, Europe, South East Asia and parts of the Middle East. She is most exited about the oral history component of ART CART and hearing from the artist’s perspective.
Kimberley Mackenzie (master's student in arts administration)
Kimberley Roode Mackenzie received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in 2009. She has a love of museums and the education they provide, and has worked for the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Arts Administration, with a focus on education issues. She works with Artistic Noise, providing art education classes for incarcerated juvenile girls in Brooklyn. Ultimately, she is interested in finding ways to use art education to support self-esteem and leadership skills in adolescents, and believes that the visions and ideas of artists are keys to creating successful programs.
Paul Nikolaidis (master's student in social work)
Paul Nikolaidis was born in New York City in 1980. He received bachelor degrees in philosophy and finance, and started his career as an investment banker. Paul has studied and worked in England and often spends his summers in Greece with friends. In 2010, Paul returned to Columbia University to study social enterprise management. Paul looks forward to being at the forefront of culture change in the field of aging through working on innovative projects like Art Cart. He recently executive produced the first annual Legacies fundraiser, which celebrated the lifetime achievement of a local legendary fashion designer.
Leigh Ross (master's student in arts administration)
Leigh Ross is a first year Arts and Administration student. She was born in East Lansing, Michigan, and attended the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her BFA in painting. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director at Clementine, a commercial gallery in Manhattan, and as the Assistant Curator at Wave Hill, a cultural center in the Northwest Bronx. At both galleries she worked extensively with the professional development of artists, an area that she hopes to continue to explore in the future. She has served as a juror on panels at the Percent for Arts Program at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Council on the Arts, and as an Independent Curator for an exhibition of photography at the ATM Gallery in New York. She is an active member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, a Young Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, and an Associate Board Member for the Tudor City Greens, which, respectively, allow her to indulge in her interests in contemporary art market, New York City history, and neighborhood gardens.
Sadie Rubin (master's student in social work)
Sadie Rubin is a highly motivated, goal-oriented graduate student at Columbia University School of Social Work focused on social enterprise administration in the field of aging. She has worked on each coast in both California and New York. She is a volunteer at the Jewish Home Lifecare senior living facility. Sade is proficient in Spanish, and even earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Area Studies. This course of study took her to Quito, Ecuador for a Study Abroad Program.
Anna Shteyler (master's student occupational therapy)
Anna Shteyler is a student of Occupational Therapy in Columbia University. She considers it her life passion and hopes to make a difference in the world with her work. Anna has come to this choice of occupation due to her love for neurobiology, health science, sports and art. She has previously worked in both research laboratories and art studios. She likes diving into her work, growing passionate about it, and doing her best. Her current series, based on OT interventions (acrylic on canvas) is displayed in the CUMC Art Show. Her views on disability are that “every condition can always be improved with care”.