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Karina Yanez, MA (Community Arts Education), Teaching Artist, Mount Pleasant High School, Providence

Karina received her BFA in Fine Art from CalArts where she also worked as a student instructor for the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program. While teaching for CAP she worked with students at various continuation high schools throughout the LA County area. Karina hopes to one day create community arts based program in South LA because she feels that there should be more exposure to the arts in the neighborhood she grew up in.


Lauren Allen, MA (Community Arts Education), Teaching Artist, Hope High School, Providence

I was born and raised in Rhode Island and then attended the University of Mary Washington in Virginia where I earned a B.A. in Studio Art. Recently, I have lived in northern Vermont working as an instructor/educator in a variety of capacities; at an arts camp, as a ski instructor and for a farm-to-school program. I have also been able to continue my studio practices, working with clay, oil, and most recently watercolor and ink. I am happy to be back in Rhode Island and to be able to combine my excitement for working with youth with my lifelong interest in the arts.


En-Ling Lu, MA (Community Arts Education), Teaching Artist, Central Falls High School, Central Falls

Doodling calms my heart. Making art awakes my brain. Teaching art broadens my world. I value art-making processes as paths for learners to find and love their true self. Once, I worked as an occupational therapist, then I drew illustrations for children, and now I participate in many art-learning contexts that I really enjoy.


Kameko Branchaud, MA (Community Arts Education), Teaching Artist, Jacqueline M. Walsh High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Pawtucket.

Among other things, Kameko is a muralist and educator. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a concentration in painting. She also became a certified PK-12 art teacher. Kameko will graduate in 2014 from RISD with an MA in Art & Design Education with a focus on Community Arts Education.