Aaron Walker-Loud is a producer, composer, musician, band director and educator born and raised in the Central District; moving forward as a proud alum of Garfield High School and Washington Middle School Jazz Ensembles / Drum Lines (directed by Clarence Acox and Robert Knatt). After founding Big World Breaks in 2004 (a production company built for stage, studio and education) he has shared stages with many artists including Janelle Monae, B.O.B., Reggie Watts, DJ QBert, Macklemore and Digable Planets; and has also produced live show backing for acts such as Grammy Nominated singer Wayna, Zo!, Sy Smith, Kimberly Nichole, Eriam Sisters, Choklate, Gabriel Teodros, Xperience, JusMoni, Blue Scholars and the Massive Monkees. Walker-Loud has worked with youth and families for over 15 years designing, directing and implementing curriculum with organizations such as Community Day School Association and School’s Out Washington, is a member of the Creative Advantage roster, a Teaching Artist for Arts Corps and is the Education Director for Seattle JazzED. Walker-Loud is proudly now in his 7th year directing the Washington Middle School Drum Line.Anastacia-Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust Edge program. Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. A Pushcart nominee (2015), her poetry, fiction & nonfiction have been published or is forthcoming in Duende, Blackberry, Bone Bouquet, Crab Creek Review, Dismantle and many others. Recently Tolbert has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. She lives in Seattle with her two teenaged sons. Anastacia joins Arts Corps’ faculty after 6 years of teaching 5th and 6th grade, and performance studies at Seattle Girls School. This year she has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body & the stories (true & not true) it holds.
Angel Alviar-Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from. Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience and BASTOS (2017) -- meaning "rude" or "disrespectful" sa tagalog, is an archipelago/collection of experiences exploring Filipinx diaspora, ancestral memory, kapwa , and circumstance, walang hiya.
Moonyeka is also a choreographer and dancer of Au Collective – a dance collective that puts women, queer folks, and POC at the forefront. As a street dancer, Moonyeka participates in local and national dance battle competitions and exhibitions and was recently an invitee to MEMPHIS vs EVERYBODY battle and QUEEN OF THE HILL exhibition. When not battling, Angel is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, helps runs an open dance session (VIBE) for immigrant youth at Yesler Terrace, and coaches REMIX – a young brown girl competition team.
Also, as a team member of Moksha, a Seattle art space and local boutique owned by Karleen Ilagan and Robin Guilfoil, Moonyeka expands her artistry outside of dance by supporting Moksha’s mission to foster the next generation of Seattle artists through event curation and creative direction. Moonyeka is a DANCE CRUSH selected by Seattle Dances, the 2017 Tina La Padula Fellowship recipient, Ubunye Project 2017 contributor, Mary Gates Leadership awardee and George Newsome Humanitarian scholar.Born in the Philippines, Carina A. del Rosario immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University in 1991. She has studied photography with Magnum Photographer Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Raul Touzon and Eddie Soloway, and a variety of visual arts media at Pratt Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts and other cultural institutions. In addition to her own creative and documentary projects, she is a teaching artist and helps youth use visual arts and digital media to explore their communities, advocate for what matters for them, and express their own experiences. She works with a number of schools, cultural institutions and community-based organizations to help students develop 21st century skills through the visual arts. She collaborates with non-profit organizations and educational institutions to help illustrate issues such as poverty, education, health and civil rights. She also founded IDEA Odyssey, a collective that promotes cultural diversity, community development and economic prosperity in the International District/Chinatown neighborhood through visual arts. In 2013, the International Examiner honored her with a Community Voice Award for an Individual Artist.Daniel Damian Pak, born and raised on O`ahu, is the singer-songwriter and producer of Seattle pop reggae band Kore Ionz. The group has performed with The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sly and Robbie, and Third World. Pak co-produced and co-directed four music videos for the band and is also the co-founder of Totem Star, a non-profit youth-driven record label.David Lasky was born in 1967 in Washington,D.C. He grew up in Northern Virginia and attended The College of William & Mary. He began drawing mini-comics in 1991, while living in the Bay Area. He moved to Seattle in 1992, where he joined the ranks of a new wave of young "alternative cartoonists." He has created a number of critically acclaimed comic books, including a nine-page mini-adaptation of Joyce's "Ulysses," eight issues of “Boom Boom Comics,” two issues of the award-nominated “Urban Hipster,” and numerous short comics for anthologies such as “Kramers Ergot,” “24 Hour Comics” and “The Best American Comics 2006.” He currently teaches for Arts Corps, 826 Seattle and The Art Institute of Seattle.Eduardo Mendonça — multi-talented musician, producer and composer — is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mendonça received his degree in arts education from the Music Institute of the Catholic University of Salvador and has performed for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, Brazilian President João Baptista Figueiredo and Pope John Paul II. In 1991, Mendonça was featured in Paul Simon’s music video, "Born at the Right Time." Eduardo is founding member of Arts Corps, Artistic Director for international performance ensemble Show Brazil!, and heads his own Kirkland-based company Show Brazil Productions, which promotes Brazilian culture and provides Portuguese voice-over talent for CD-ROMs and videos exported to Brazil. Eduardo is a voting member of the Grammys and 2007 winner of “Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S.” by the Brazilian International Press Award. Eduardo Mendonça received from the Congressman Jim McDermott the 2009 Ethnic Heritage Council "Spirit of Liberty Award", as recognition for his outstanding contribution to his adopted country, the U.S.A., while maintaining his ethnic heritage.Erica Merritt began singing and performing at 5. In middle school, she was featured in a band called “Starlighters,” which consisted of three student vocalists and a few members of the faculty. At 14, she joined theatre and music performance groups at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. She studied voice and music in college, and began teaching choir through Northwest Folklife in 1998. She has continued to teach voice, songwriting and choir intermittently through various art organizations over the last 10 years. Erica has also worked in the field of social and human services for over 15 years and has enjoyed the amazing opportunity to combine her passions of social well-being and music through the art of teaching.Florentino began working with out-of-school programs in 2000. Most of his experience comes from his involvement with school age and middle school children. He enhances programs by implementing what he calls the 3As: Academics, Activities and the Arts. Flow started B-Boying (breakdancing) with friends in 1995, and is one the founding members of the 2004 world B-Boy champion Massive Monkees Crew. They consistently give back to their local community by offering a safe place for youth and workshops to anyone else who wants to groove. In FlowFunk's class, participants will learn basic B-Boy/B-Girl moves and the fundamentals of Funk Styles (Popping and Locking). They will also get a chance to express their creativity on the dance floor in what is called a Cypher.To know that another world is possible, and bring it to life through music; this has always been the mission of emcee, educator and community organizer Gabriel Teodros. He made a mark with groups CopperWire, Abyssinian Creole and Air 2 A Bird, and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. He has set stages on fire all across the US, Canada, Mexico and Ethiopia; alongside the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Zap Mama, Kanye West, Digable Planets and Fishbone to name a few. Early 2012 saw the release of his newest solo project, Colored People's Time Machine, as well as CopperWire's Earthbound, a space opera of a hip hop ride (set in the year 2089) that Teodros recorded with fellow Ethiopian-American artists Meklit Hadero and Burntface.Jeromeskee started break dancing in 1996 and has been performing in b-boy events and competitions ever since. Jerome is a member of several competitive, successful b-boy dance groups: World champion Massive Monkees, Legendary Rocksteady Crew N.Y., and the NBA Seattle Sonic's BOOM Squad All Stars. Jerome has participated and won numerous b-boy titles throughout the world: London, France, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada and areas throughout the U.S. He has performed, taught and worked for many corporations, publications, and universities worldwide. Jerome, along with the Massive Monkees crew, was recently featured as one of the coaches on “MTV Made: I want to be a b-boy."Lauren Appel has worked as an arts educator at many cultural institutions in Seattle and New York, including Seattle Children’s Theater, Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and also currently works at Hilltop Artists in Tacoma, where she runs a visual art program for court-involved girls in Pierce County. She has worked with students of all ages as a visual arts educator, a theatre teaching artist, and a museum and gallery educator. She has a particular interest in curriculum-integrated arts learning and collaborating with classroom teachers and school administrators. Lauren holds a BA in theater from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Even as a young girl, Lena Garcia knew she had to create. Because of this desire, she explored a variety of medium, which ultimately led to her true artistic passions of oil painting and puppetry. Her love of art has inspired her to teach, create and perform. She currently teaches at the Frances Anderson Center, at Edmonds Heights K-12, private lessons and now for Arts Corps. In Lena's life, relationships are priority -1, and while art is a key ingredient, you will find that her time is focused on family, friends and serving the community.I am 25 years young from South Seattle, WA. I graduated from Franklin High School in 2010 (Seattle, WA) and Bowdoin College in 2014 (Brunswick, ME). At Bowdoin I majored in Visual Arts with an interest in Graphic Design. When I am not teaching painting to the students at the Southwest Interagency . I mentor with MBK (My Brothers Keeper) students at Mercer Middle School. I am a part-time Uber/Lyft driver. I am a Freelance Artist (graphic design, painter, and photography). I chose to teach painting because painting is one of my passions that I have fallen in love with. What I know I want to pass onto the next person. "Each one, teach one" . I also always wanted to give back to the youth one day. I just want to see positive and successful things out of people. It takes the youth to help the youth!Meredith is a writer, visual artist as well as a teacher/facilitator from New York City. As a teacher and artist, she is interdisciplinary, making work that ranges from photographic imagery to drawing to sound collage. She has also dabbled in some performance. She is interested in creating work that can tickle a range of senses and fluidly move between the abstract and concrete. This is because she is deeply aware of both the poetic/silly nature of life as well real suffering caused by social injustice. This makes her work with youth able to be at once playful, engaging and critical. Meredith creates and implements curricula that develop life-skills, creativity, social consciousness and mindfulness using movement, writing and visual arts.Kalei began dancing Hula and Tahitian in 1997 and has been performing professionally and competing in Heivas since she was 13 years old. In Hawai’i, Kalei danced and taught with Polynesian dance group Ma’ohi Nui, having performed in shows across O’ahu and on tour in Japan. Kalei also performed hula with the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble in the 2008 Rose Bowl Parade and Disneyland parades. Since her move to Washington in 2009, Kalei continues to teach originally choreographed Tahitian dance classes at Seattle University for the Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i club. She aspires to continue dancing, teaching, and sharing her passion for the Polynesian culture.As a first generation Latina I have found art to be empowering and a means for discourse and education. As an artist I explore social issues in the Latino community through illustration and mixed media. I graduated from Seattle Pacific University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. I was involved with the SPU community as an educator on issues of race and reconciliation. During this time I was also able to work with incredible youth and I had the amazing opportunity of mentoring young female students from Mexico. I have a strong desire to combine the arts and social justice to empower youth. I dedicated my Senior Show to the strong individuals of the Latino community in the United States and my own mother’s journey as an immigrant. I was recently involved in building a holiday float with South Seattle students to celebrate the Day of the Dead. They were able to gain artistic and technical skills to better equip them as they begin thinking about college and career paths. Currently, I am also working with South Park Recreation Center as an Artist and Art Teacher.Sharon Birzer believes in art as a medium for expression, communication, and transformation. She is an artist and natural science illustrator whose artwork is inspired by the diverse ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. In her work, Birzer employs close observation and utilizes traditional media including watercolors, pen and ink, and woodblock printing. She shows her work nationally and internationally. Sharon greatly enjoys teaching art at a diverse range of organizations such as Seattle Elementary Schools, Seattle Pacific University, The National Botanical Gardens in Maui, and the Youth, Student and Teacher Programs, Frye Art Museum in conjunction with Seattle University.As Teen Artist Program Manager, Shelby is excited to support the growth of Youth Speaks Seattle and honor its history of community resistance. With their roots in the Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam, Shelby is dedicated to carving out authentic political art spaces. Outside Arts Corps, they bring this dedication to arts and movement building to their work with the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites.
Caxambu is a sunny optimistic Capoeira Angola artist/dancer/musician. Spent countless years in rigorous training honing his art, working with kids and adults, in schools, academies, churches, community centers, mainly in Brazil and the U.S. Longtime productive member of International Capoeira Angola Foundation, Show Brazil!, Brazil Center, and BrasilFest.Vicky Edmonds is a poet and teacher who uses the art & practice of writing to bring the deepest and most authentic parts of ourselves to the page and to the world. Over the last 22 years she has worked in hundreds of facilities at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with at-risk populations, arts organizations, teachers and parenting groups. Her published books include Inside Voices, used to the dark, once drunk / opening, unpredictable as breathing, lucid moments and the first two volumes in the Writes of Passage series. She has also been published in numerous other books and anthologies nationally and has compiled over 250 books of the poetry of the children and at-risk youth she has taught.