Michelle Hurtubise is a Cultural Anthropology PhD Student at Temple University and hopes to stay in the arts and education until peace breaks out and then she can be a gardener. Meanwhile she hopes to engage with sites of social transformation. She has written for newspapers, edited art journals, produced acted and directed theatre shows, buttered bread in the Hippie Kitchen, and helped make mosaic art walls in Skid Row. She is ready to tackle community and uplift communication with C4AA, which is basically a dream come true.
Jo Nelson is a project manager, 3D modeler and urban gardener with a background in community based public art. When she isn’t growing food as close to the table as possible she’s helping to conserve and remediate green spaces in New York. She has a MFA in Combined Media from CUNY Hunter College, a MA from Kent State University in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, and a BA in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Jo Hill assists with the everyday operations of the Center. Born in Sweden, Hill came to the United States to pursue a career and found a love for activism. When not busy answering emails and administrating, Jo can often be heard strumming a guitar and singing songs.
Sarah J Halford is a theatre practitioner and activist, working on her M.A. in Sociology and Applied Theatre at NYU Gallatin. As a certified Joker in Theatre of the Oppressed, her work focuses on encounters with power, privilege, and oppression through artistic practice. Sarah is currently working on a Master’s thesis on the practical application of artistic activism, and is working with the C4AA on research regarding the aefficacy of creative activist practice.
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Emily Bellor is an intersectional feminist poet-activist and a B.A. candidate concentrating in the history and practice of artistic activism at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her art and activism focus on the (de)construction of gender and authority and the exploration and celebration of queer identity. Her mediums of choice include writing, theater, and performance. She is working with CAA to bolster publicity, social media presence, and outreach for the Center and for Actipedia.
Alissa Milano is a visual artist and content creator with a B.A. in New Media from the Purchase College School of Film and Media Studies. Her work focuses on relationships with technology, women’s rights, and mental health. She often works with photography, book making, and video art. Alissa is working with the C4AA to help manage social media and web presence and curate content for Actipedia.
Dylan Fauss is fascinated with the way new media, rhetoric, and narratives influence the stories we tell about our selves. At the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study he is shaping a major that explores these topics that comprise modern identity formation. He then applies his studies in the professional world to advertising, branding, and web design in order to tell compelling narratives on new digital platforms that will influence both collective and personal identities. Ultimately he wants his work to have a positive social impact, so he seeks to collaborate with people, brands, and organizations that have similar values. Whether working on a marketing campaign or innovative websites, Dylan hopes to craft communication that will inspire new points of view and encourage people to participate actively in bettering our world. Dylan is working with the CAA on re-tooling Actipedia to be a more social-media friendly platform.
Adam Scarborough is a performance artist, born in England and currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. His work utilizes text, performance and human activity as a medium for personal exchange and social transformation – creating radical models of participation and engagement in order to uncover and reveal shared points of commonality. He has performed and exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, and in the US. You can find out more about his work here: www.adamjscarborough.com
Lisa Skeen is the program coordinator of the Sexual Health and Rights Project of the Open Society Public Health Program. Before joining OSF, she worked for several years in social and legal services for low-income communities in Seattle. She received a fellowship from New York University to study Quechua and Latin American indigenous activism, and later worked with indigenous feminists on reproductive health and indigenous rights campaigns in Peru.
Liane Tomasetti is an artist, educator, and community connector. She has her B.S. in Educational Theatre and her M.A. in Arts-based Community Development and Civic Engagement from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is currently working as a teaching artist across New York City. She is interested in how artistic approaches, techniques, and projects might open up dialogue and spark social change both locally and globally. Some of the artists who inspire her include Anna Deavere Smith, Anne Bogart, and Bertolt Brecht. She is also a licensed bus driver.