2017-2018 Teaching Artists
Heidi Born made it to Rhode Island some 15+ years ago to attend RISD. She works in many media but currently has narrowed her focus to making sculptural and functional work in clay. She is eager to share her knowledge with those who want to learn. Heidi finds inspiration in the ocean and all things water, light, rocks, nature, gardening, cats and bugs. She is thrilled to be in the fun and engaging learning environment where she can let her goofy side shine.
Michelle Nugent is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community arts facilitator. Her current work investigates and examines multiculturalism within community. She received her BFA in Fine Arts fromThe College of New Jersey in 2009 and her MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She enjoys learning and collaborating with youth through socially-conscious and environmentally aware art projects.
When I’m not studying or working on my freelance design work, I’m either reading a comic, illustrating & sketching, watching documentaries or painting. I’m originally from Venezuela, which also happens to be where I was first exposed to after school arts programs. I currently attend RISD-CE, and Web & Interactive Design is my obsession.
Evans Molina is an artist that expresses his art in the union of many disciplines/media: music, dance, experimental video, theater, sound performance and visual art. He works to connect his art to social change, health and education. Heritage, ritual, immigration, family, folklore and legend are incorporated in his art and performances, with a goal to “bridge cultures and break down the barriers and prejudices that separate us as people. Art, for Evans, is a form of ‘social medicine.’
K. Funmilayo Aileru, or, wacklikethat, is an interdisciplinary digital media artist and designer. Hir work is based in the black, radical, collective imagination, also know as AfroFuturism. wacklikethat is from Providence, RI where ze currently lives and works as a teaching artist.
Saulo Castillo is a teaching artist, competitive hip hop dancer, art administrator, community organizer and social justice advocate, and student of Youth Development at Rhode Island college. Saulo also attended Year Up Providence, a one-year intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Saulo’s creative practice revolves around youth development, particularly working to better the lives of under-served/at-risk youth in the Providence community and the greater New England area.
Shannon Fogel went directly into the field of Art Education after receiving her BFA and MAT from RISD. CityArts! was one of the first steps she took to immerse herself in Rhode Island’s thriving community of Arts Education. CityArts! has and will continue to be crucial to cultivating her inclusive and individualized teaching philosophy.
Caitlin Gomes is a 2015 graduate of New Hampshire Institute of Art with a concentration in Illustration. She was a 2016-2017 AmeriCorps Teaching Artist at Roger Williams Middle School. Along with administering the AmeriCorps program, she will also continue to teach Fashion and Fabrics at CityArts through the Providence After School Alliance.
Rodney Romero is a talented teaching artist, competitive dancer, makeup artist and producer.