MEET THE TEAM
Marcela “Xela” Garcia, she/her/ella
Marcela “Xela” Garcia is a Xicana artist, innovator and cultural warrior, born in Guadalajara and raised in Milwaukee.
Marz Ezeji, they/them
Marz is a black queer creative serving through Public Allies Wisconsin. They are a Americorps Fellow with experience in social justice work, management, community outreach, youth development, leadership/mentoring, and developing programs to serve the community.
Oscar Quinto Zamudio Jr., he/him
Oscar works to help shape the minds of young children–in a way where they are able to push themselves independently, but also care for their community.
Brian is a visual storyteller from Milwaukee who uses words and images to reveal the truth in everyday life. He started with his father’s old Coolpix and developed his writing skills through slam poetry. He interned at WPCA in high school and college, where he studied journalism at UW-Madison.
Lucero Gallegos, they/them
Lucero is a Latine, queer, nonbinary graphic artist that utilizes design as a tool to engage, intergate and reflect the varied stories of folxs and their identities.
Gaby Duarte, she/they
I am driven by my love for art & education and values are deeply rooted in social justice and community involvement. Growing up in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of art through community murals and after-school programs. I aspire to share this passion by gaining experience working with students and the Spanish-speaking community as I pursue my Art Education degree..
Daniel Flores, he/him/his
As an inspired artist I would say that I make art as a way to show my thoughts In a creative manner, but more importantly to me, I create art as a way to make a lasting impression of myself on those who see my art.
Ethan Clairde-Hook, he/him
I’ve been making art my whole life, it’s something I pride myself on and display to others all the time.
Nelson Perez-Nolasco, he/him/his
The reason I make music/ art is because I have always admired other peoples art work such in painting as well as in lyric or the melody of a song.
River Garry, he/they
My art is just me put into whatever medium it is. It’s how I express my feelings, emotions, and identity. I make art because it’s kinda like a therapy for me, it helps me let out all of the tension I seem to have for some reason. Art to me is my home, my sanctuary, it’s me.
Ceci Tejeda, she/her/ella
Abigail Engstrand, she/her
Guest Artist, Summer Art Camp: Textiles
Antonio Vargas-Nieto, he/him/his
Guest Artist, Summer Art Camp: Poetry
Cole Kirkendall, he/him/his
I always feel better after working on creative projects. In my classes, I will talk about fundamental concepts of stop motion animation, photography, and scale model fabrication.
Emmanuel Guerra, he/they
Lona Long Velasco, Chair
Michael Flanagan, Secretary
Brianna Hernández, Treasurer