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nancy2Executive Director

 Nancy Safian is a longtime champion for arts education in Providence who has worked at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Trinity Repertory Company. 


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 Program Director

 Nika Gorini has been passionately involved in the field of creative youth development for over 10 years, working as a teaching artist, coordinator, and administrator with youth arts organizations in Boston, Baltimore, and Providence. She has been a part of the program team at CityArts since 2011 and was named Program Director in 2014.



 AmeriCorps TTAP Program Director

 Vanessa DeNino came to Providence after receiving her B.A. in studio art from the University of Vermont in 2011.  She has been working with ¡CityArts! as a teaching artist and administrator since 2012.


IMG_8151 Program Coordinator

 Kasya O’Connor Grant grew up in Washington, DC and attended Kenyon College in Ohio. She graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Education. She started working as a Program Coordinator October of 2016.


dog painting 2 Finance & Operations Manager 

 Luke Brookner is a Providence native and joined CityArts as Finance and Operations Manager in January 2017. He is excited to help further the mission of youth empowerment, community building, and social change.


dog paintingFundraising & Communications Consultant

 Cathy Plourde spent over 15 years as the founder and director of Add Verb Productions, a touring theatre arts & education non-profit that was dedicated to theatre for wellness and social change. Born a native to Providence, she’s never lived here until now.