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.
"CYPH LOW" (Van Elliot Chambless)
Life is what u make it, so make it sound good. Cyph Low is Ceo of What It Is Entertainment, a company built on enlightening youth through outreach and performances. The sound of Hip Hop known to him as Street Soul has been his way to the hearts and minds of today's youth. His witty Kanye West style submerged in a conscious Qtip overtone allows him the break through sound needed in today's music.
Born in the Bronx, Brandon has lived in Westchester most of his life. While studying Visual Arts and Animation/Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston he worked with a street art muralist and fine artist creating a style that is a blend of the two. Completing his studies at NY Film Academy and Fordham he earned his BFA as a Visual Arts Major. Working for Royalton Hotel, Microsoft, MSG do murals and illustration he was featured in a national New Era commercial. His paintings have been on exhibit along East Coast and he also freelances, doing sign work/murals for restaurants, bars, and stores around NYC. Volunteering for NY Cares he created group murals with students at different public schools in all five boroughs. In Queens for the past 8 years, I now call Sleepy Hollow, NY home.
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.
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 Raysvision.com
The Dance Conservatory
Justin, owner of The Dance Conservatory in Cortlandt Manor, is a dance instructor with over 15 years of experience primarily teaching in Westchester, he has taught throughout the northeast. Professionally, Jus-tin appeared in the North American Tour of Cats as Mr. Mistoffellees and toured nationally with 42nd Street. He has performed regionally in productions of The Music Man, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and The King and I. Justin has also performed with C. Eule Dance and Christopher Caines Dance Company, along with many guest appearances with pre-professional companies.
Erin Hunter Jennings
Erin as a professional dancer has toured nationally and performed with renowned companies. With a Master's in Dance and Education from NYU she has taught creative movement, ballet, social, jazz, theater, modern dance and yoga in public schools and private studios. Erin recently moved from Manhattan with her husband, two children, two bunnies and schnoodle puppy.
Joni Michelle Lanza
Joni attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and began her performance career in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. She debuted on Broadway in the revival of 42nd Street eventually appearing as the lead role. Joni grew up teaching classes at her family’s dance studio and currently teaches at The Dance Conservatory. Having toured nationally and performed in a Tony Award winning production, it is her dream come true for her to be of service to our children by sharing her knowledge and passion for dance and performing!
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.
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! www.taylorcolemanart.com
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.
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