Meet the Team
Marcela “Xela” Garcia is a Xicana artist, innovator and cultural warrior, born in Guadalajara and raised in Milwaukee. She has extensive experience in the fields of arts and culture, education, philanthropy, and organizational sustainability, adding up to over ten years of systems and program development, implementation and evaluation.
A proud MPS alumnae and resident of Milwaukee’s Southside, her deep commitment to cultural equity and change-making uniquely positions her to lead an organization with matching values.
Howard is a creative thinker and visual storyteller. With lifelong failed attempts to paint competently, he now sticks to digital comforts in graphic and layout design, multimedia production and exhibition curation. He’s quite good at these things, depending on who you ask.
Also, a lifelong tinker-er of photography, Howard has put in enough hours to fancy himself a professional photographer. His photo subjects have include dozens of happy couples on their wedding day, children, dogs, and dignitaries such as Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, comedian extraordinaire Christopher Schmidt, and New Orlean’s famed Sally the Book Lady.
Basha was raised in Milwaukee, and spent thirteen consecutive summers attending and working at a Social Justice-based summer camp outside of Three Rivers, Michigan. Through these experiences, she developed an understanding and passion for building a just community and society. Basha often reminisces about an early, transformative moment at camp when she learned every employee is vital to the function of an educational institution, from teachers to custodians. She returned to Milwaukee after that summer to enter 6th grade, and began to encourage her peers to engage everyone with the same level of respect as their teachers.
Germán is a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing degrees in photography and art history. His interest in art has led him to attain an Undergraduate Research Assistant position under Professor Raoul Deal and an internship at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. His current work responds critically to concepts such as community, equity, and social responsibility.
Besides art, Germán has a deep appreciation of music, sleep, and his cat, Salvador. He can be found on the internet as @xlxlxmxn.
Cyndi izhinikaazo. Nindonjibaa Chigagou, Nindadaa Wauwatosa. Nindoodem Animikii gaye Mishiikenh. (My Name is Cyndi. I grew up in Chicago, and am currently living in Wauwatosa. I belong to the Thunderbird and Turtle clans).
Cyndi comes from the Grand River and Grand Traverse Band Odawa communities, and grew up in the Urban American Indian community in Chicago. She is an American Indian Studies major at UWM. In her studies she’s focusing on Indigenous language preservation, and is in the Anishinaabemowin language program.