Prior to founding OneWorld Classrooms, for two decades, Paul taught overseas, conducted Arts in Education programs in hundreds of northeastern US schools and coordinated programs linking US and global classrooms. He has worked in schools in Kenya, Namibia, the Amazon Rain Forest region of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, China (including Tibet) and the Canadian Arctic. He is formerly a certified high school English teacher in New York State and is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at Boston University’s School of Management.
Below is a list of OneWorld Classrooms’ Teaching Artists, available for residencies in 2014/2015:
Cristina Llerena is a documentary photographer and educator with a B.A. in Visual Arts: Photography from the Allende Institute in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. For seven years she has produced and coordinated photographic workshops, most recently for photographer Mary Ellen Mark in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the Curator for OneWorld Classrooms Boston 140 exhibition. Prior to relocating to the U.S., Cristina worked as a photography instructor in Mexico, designing and implementing an after-school program focusing on identity and community engagement through photography and supporting basic literacy, and serving as an Artist in Residence at the Justo Sierra elementary school, where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade students photography and 2-D arts. In 2013/2014, Cristina conducted photography residencies for OneWorld Classrooms at the James Otis School in Boston and the Lowell Community Charter Public School in Lowell.
Cristina’s professional Web site is www.crisllerena.com.
Below is a video of the photography students at the James Otis School in East Boston created during Cristina’s recent residency there:
Visual Artist Specializing in Sculpture and Mixed Media Collage
Silvina is an award-winning artist who was born in Tucuman, Argentina, and moved to Boston in 2001. She received her Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tucuman in 1991, after which she trained as a sculptor under various artists. She also studied theater and dance, which expresses itself in her visual art. She currently works in bronze sculpture, collage paintings and daily object, recycled and organic sculptures.
Of her most recent artistic endeavors, Silvina explains, “Recently I discovered some childhood drawings: simple, crayoned patchworks, imaginary figures, that resonate deeply in my paintings. Inspired and invigorated by a renewed sense of continuity, and awed by the mystery of how creation occurs, I am now adding to my work richly varied colors I never used before, my daughter’s drawings and some discharge toys, exploring as well many different techniques such as pouring the paint, glace and drawing over the same surface.” She has worked as a Teaching Artist at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for the past 13 years, and has completed parallel projects at the Rafael Hernandez School in Boston, the West Roxbury Public Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston Children’s M
useum. In 2011, she was named “one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino Community in Boston.” Her work is part of permanent collections in Uruguay, Israel, Argentina, Australia and the US. In 2013, eleven of her pieces were selected for display in the new Sanofi Company in Cambridge, MA.
Silvina’s professional Web site is: www.silvinamizrahi.com. Below are samples of Silvina’s work:
“Internal Constellations,” Mixed Media Collage
Textile, Fiber and Mixed Media Artist
Lucas is fluent in Spanish and also speaks conversational French and survival Arabic. He is originally from Canada and has worked internationally for most of his career. He has recently formed a cooperative, called Ballad, with other regional documentarians. Since moving to Boston, he has worked with Apprentice Learning, which works within Boston Public Schools to offer 8th grade students the opportunity to apprentice with local businesses and gain important workplace skills. He also volunteers as a facilitator at Zumix in East Boston, helping students create music videos to accompany songs they are writing.
His professional Web site is: http://lucasmulder.com/.
Joanna Horton is a professional actor and teacher who will complete her Masters in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May, 2014. After working with Augusto Boal and Michael Keck in the Theatre of the Oppressed, Joanna founded ROiL: Theater for Social Change in 2005 and served as the organization’s Director and Teaching Artist until 2010. At ROiL, Joanna worked with teenagers from a wide range of backgrounds to create issue-based performances and community talkbacks. The students she worked with included transient and resettled immigrant youth from Somalia, Haiti, and Central America in low-income housing communities in Maine; inner city youth in Poughkeepsie, NY; Native American youth on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota; and resettled youth in Baton Rouge, LA after Hurricane Katrina. At ROiL, Joanna developed extensive acting/theatre curricula for adults and youth from diverse backgrounds.
In 2009, Joanna founded the Horton Actor’s Studio, a professional acting school in Jacksonville, Florida, and has since served as the Director and an Instructor. There she teaches acting technique, including the Meisner technique, scene-work, character development, improv and Shakespeare, to teens and adults. She has also worked with a teen girl acting ensemble there to create original plays portraying the reality of bullying, and girltogirl gossip and their effect on esteem and relationships. Joanna also teaches on-camera acting, audition technique and scene study, and directs scenes and productions for showcases.
Joanna’s own acting credentials include Shakespeare, Meisner, oncamera acting, improv and theatre-forsocialchange. Several short films she has worked on have won awards and been screened internationally.
The Web site for Joanna’s studio is here: http://actorsstudio.org/.
Right is a photo of Joanna at work in her studio.