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Administrative Staff

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.


Director of Education

Nika Salazar received her B.A.’s in Psychology & Theater Arts from Brown University; then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Elementary Education. Her work focuses on the integration of the Arts with Common Core curricula, and lifting up minority & marginalized identities by using performance art as a tool to inform, educate, and foster empathy, understanding, and love


Professional Development Coordinator and Teaching Artist

Michelle Nugent received her BFA in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey in ’09 and her MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in ’13. Michelle is both a teaching artist and a professional development curriculum advisor at CityArts.



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 paintingAmeriCorps Program Coordinator

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 at CityArts