Please note that we are full-time working art educators. We are volunteering our time to develop this website and although we will continue to expand our resources, our time will be limited during the school year. Thank you!

Executive Leadership Team Members

Paula Liz

Executive Director & Founder
Bio: (she/her/ella) Born in Puerto Rico and raised near Baltimore, Paula Liz attended the Maryland Institute of Art where she received her BFA in Painting and MAT in Art Education. She believes in the power of student voice and community artivism.  Paula Liz has over 10 years of teaching experience at public, private, and charter schools in New York City, Austin, Washington DC, and Maryland. Paula Liz currently teaches Elementary art at a two-way immersion school.

Art with Ms Paula Liz
Art with Ms Paula Liz
Art with Ms. Paula Liz


Bio: (she/her) Abby is an artist and art teacher who has taught middle and high school. She has always believed in the power of art to transform the learning outcomes and experiences of the next generation. She practices choice-based art to encourage creativity and confidence in her students; while allowing them to take ownership of their artistic journey.
Abby participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange Program as an exchange teacher to the United Kingdom. The experience was transformative and further solidified her commitment to cross-cultural learning and teaching. Abby loves traveling (21 countries and counting) and especially partaking in educational and cultural exchange opportunities with her students. As an educator, she is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally responsive teaching that cultivates global citizens that understand and value the interconnected world community.


Bio: (she/her) Lori grew up Somewhere Over the Rainbow with a family heritage interlaced in Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican cultures. She has lived and worked with Indigenous artists and communities worldwide. She has taught in many contexts across the USA and internationally. Lori supports the application of a social justice lens in art education via community and social practices that include BIPOC artists who use art to bring awareness, critique, transformation, and empowerment via anti-racist and culturally relevant ideologies. She believes in moving beyond tolerance toward valuing/honoring difference. In addition she highlights the use of critical discourses to investigate the intersection of place and identity. Lori sees art as a direct expression of our humanity and a powerful tool for healing and building knowledge that corrects the myths that displace and disempower communities. Lori upholds that art education is a realm where we can seriously nurture change that empowers us to honor true equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Leadership Team Members


Bio: (she/her) Khadesia was born and raised in South Carolina. She majored in Art Education. As an African-American teacher, Khadesia has always believed in the importance of teaching diverse, inclusive lessons that can help mold students to be loving global citizens of the future. With only a few years under her belt, she has been inspired by many teachers to continue highlighting the importance of Anti-Racist art teaching.


Bio: (she/hers) Tamara was born and raised in California by a single mother who immigrated from Brazil. Tamara is mixed. She is Afrolatinx, indigenous, and Ashkenazi Jewish. She teaches students of color in California with a social justice lens. She has been teaching for 5 years and has taught 5th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st.

Insta: @teach4tamara
Teach 4 Tamara


Bio: (she/her) Nylah's love for creativity and connecting with children pushed her to pursue art education. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is an elementary and middle school art teacher on two campuses. Nylah was born in Bangalore, India. She has a mixed-race ancestry consisting of Indian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern roots, among others. She moved to the United States in 2001, and experienced Islamophobia in college as a Muslim-American, especially after the tragic events of 9/11. Her experiences led her to become an educator who is passionate about removing social biases, stereotypes and false narratives with an emphasis on teaching students to be culturally competent.

Insta: @nylah.khan
iluvcuppycake art teacher


Bio: (she/her) Francesca is passionate about artistic activism and encourages her students to use art as a tool for social change. Francesca was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is Cuban and Sephardic Jewish and her cultural background led her to become involved in social justice work early in her life. Francesca has an MA in Art Education and Community Practice and is passionate about how art education can be used to uplift communities and create social change. Francesca currently teaches K-8 art in Miami, Florida where she is committed to anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching practices.

Insta: @mslevyteachesart
Ms Levys Art Class
I learned it in Art Class

Advisory Committee Members


Bio: (he/him) Crespo is a husband, father, artist, and educator. Crespo has been teaching visual Arts in Central Islip, NY for 15 years. His personal work includes watercolor and ink, acrylic on wood, and digital drawing and painting. In recent years, Crespo has combined his passion with family and now creates with his son.
Twitter: @mrccrespoInstagram: @mrccrespo


Bio: (she/her/ella) is a multidisciplinary artist and innovative cultural leader. She has hosted television shows, sang and acted on Broadway, leveraged a multi-million-dollar marketing start-up, released a hiphop album, and founded a charter school’s arts integration + culture department. Current titles: Executive Director of Public Art Reston, Artist in Residence for the Institute of Anti-Racist Education, CoFounder of Mixt Collective, and the Creative Lead for the Tales from the 202 podcast. She sits on various boards such as the National Art Education Association, Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council, and is the Past President of Art Education DC. She loves to explore and revisit hobbies- as she paints murals, spins Māori fire poi, plays classical piano, and is now even diving into culinary experiences with her chef partner. They live in DC with her amazingly creative son. Instagram: @tara_trinityyyyy


Bio: Anjali received her Bachelor's in Studio Art and Masters of Art Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Anjali also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. Anjali is the PreK-12 Visual Art and Dance Content Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools’ department of Curriculum and Instructional Programs. In addition to working as a highly qualified educator for MCPS, Anjali has worked with multiple community organizations to develop and implement arts education programs that focus on student wellbeing. In 2019 she worked as a contributor to the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Museum's Freeman project writing curriculum resources for the gallery’s Chinese art collection and continues on as a contributor in the Teaching China Program. Anjali has been recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association as a 2021 Career Art Educator of the Year for MCPS. Anjali currently serves as the President of Creative Outlets Art Center and Treasurer for the Maryland Art Education Association.
Web: Insta: @creativeoutletsartscenter


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Podcasts and Webinars

Crayola: The Art of Learning Through Artivism

Liberation and Freedom: Reflect and Create

K12 Art Chat Podcast

Arts Ed NJ: Creative Connections

The Teaching Artist Podcast

The Learning Project: Change is the way