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wilfredo morel

Executive Director of Arts 10566

Founder and Director of Arts 10566, Wilfredo is a community organizer, advocate, and artist. He is a facilitator who works at addressing and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to collaborate and break down barriers.  Mr. Morel majored in Sociology at Herbert Lehman College/CUNY and is licensed by New York State Department of Health as a Clinical Case Manager, HIV/AIDS Pre/Post Counselor and HIV/AIDS Counselor Training Program for Training or Trainers (TOT).


Garick Battle

Experienced in organizing academic, youth development and enrichment activities. Garick also assists, supports and works closely with teachers, administrators and other team members in providing educational benefits to children with special needs. For Arts10566 Garick shares his love of music, providing choral instruction to students 6-9 at Oakside Elementary School in Peekskill, NY, supporting children's educational achievement, and healthy social and emotional development.


Nicolas Carter

A theater director, harpist and educator, Nicolas holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and studied at the Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed in Paris, France. With over 25 years of experience working in theatre and education in the US, Paraguay and Uruguay, in 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar, he promotes the development of youth by encouraging creativity, critical thinking, expressiveness, communication and group cooperation through artistic education. Nicolas was raised in Asunción Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp.


Taylor Coleman

Born and raised in the Hudson Valley Taylor participated in the various arts programs that the valley had to offer, and since age 14, gradually began to transition into the role of educator. Taylor received certification in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz in August 2017. In 2018 she earned her second graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in STEAM. Taylor is an accomplished artist whose biggest inspirations are listening to music and the imaginative minds of our youth!

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Tamarah Fernandez-Bridgewater

Tamarah graduated with a Visual Arts Degree from WCC, studied Printmaking at FIT, Advertising and Design at NYIT, and Fine Arts at Marymount College. She utilizes these skills as a Visual Coordinator and Merchandising Manager creating window & instore visuals. Tamarah enjoys working with children and has been an Activities Coordinator, a teaching assistant, and taught Recycled Art workshops after school. Tamarah also created and ran the Summer STEAM Program in the Ossining District, and in 2017 worked with the Jamaican Ministry of Education (W.I.) to provide a STEAM themed program to elementary students, encouraging creativity, basic aesthetics and thinking outside the box.


Thomas Johnson

Thom’s workshop teaches design, construction, and painting and for stage theatre. Open to 9th-12th grade students experience the methods, techniques and reason that theatre designer’s work as they do. Thom follows the production process with the students from the production meeting, to script review, then scenic breakdown where student designers are chosen. After the designs are finished construction begins, with painting soon after. As the production date approaches, all needed parts assembled, and set for the performance, and rehearsals begin.


Tom Ray

Tom is a Spoken Word Artist, and published author. Earning a Degree in Communication and Media Arts he is now an educator in Yonkers. He is also the Program Coordinator and Director of The Expressive Readers Course held at The Nepperhan Community Center and Boyce Thompson Elementary. ERC is designed to enhance expression, comprehension, and empower literary expression as well as public speaking. Ray is dedicated to making a difference in every community he is blessed to serve. Please visit


Belle Ritter

Belle Ritter attended the HS Of Performing Arts in 1983 and has trained with the Bronx Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico and Herbert Berghoff Studios in NYC. She has worked with choreographers Kevin Wynn, Doug Verone and David Parsons at Purchase College Dance Conservatory. Belle is dedicated to diversity and education, classes will be instructed in English and Spanish incorporating the use of literature in her movement classes help to nurture and develop “strong voices.” Visit Belle’s Dance Network in Peekskill, NY.


Jesus Silva

A contemporary muralist, Jesus has worked with youth in New Jersey and New York, teaching skills in air-brushing and spray paiting, design and coor. He encourages expression through art using acrylics, pastels, marking pen and pencils. His motto, "Let them express themselves. Let them


Eileen Sullivan

Eileen is a former educator of students with special needs and adjunct professor of English. She is very familiar with the Peekskill Schools having been a substitute teacher, PTO Officer, and Chair of a School Board Committee. Active in the artist community Eileen brings 10 years of experience in, amateur theatre, as a writer with a poetic passion, a photographer, and the creator of a painting workshop that incorporates meditation, to her position as Program Cordinator.