OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
COMMUNITY PROGRAM LEADERS
Jazmine Beatty is currently attending VCU’s Art Education Master’s Program and received a BFA in Communication Design this past spring from Texas State University. As a human-centered designer and artist, passion, commitment, and empathy for others guides Jazmin’s work. She loves working with kids and has been deeply ingrained in the arts from a young age. Through her experiences creating and teaching art, Jazmine realized she wants to help young people utilize their creative talents to explore and expand possibilities in art-related fields. “At ART 180, I can help give students a space to freely express themselves and engage with one another in order to gain a better understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them.”
Patricia Bruce is a student of life and a lover of all things. She is a pen & ink artist that strives to expand the imagination of others through her art, and build constant and consistent connections. She grew up in a youth program that taught the value of always giving back to her community, and knows that ART 180 provides an excellent platform to do just that. She has found that through creating, as well as consistent care and attention, the students that are part of ART 180 are truly able to learn and grow in a way that will allow them to better serve themselves as they continue on their journeys as human beings!
Elle Cosby is a Richmond native and has been with ART 180 for the last eleven years, participating in teen programs and serving on the Teen Leader Council (TLC). Elle loves working with and being part of ART 180 because when she was younger she was able to be herself at the ART 180’s Atlas Teen Center. “Over the years ART 180 programs have helped shape and mold me into the woman I am now.” Her favorite color is turquoise.
John Gammon is a local drummer who is currently earning his graduate degree in Social Work at VCU. John recently finished a 3-semester internship at Circle Preschool, an agency that provides therapeutic day services to children who have experienced complex trauma. He looks forward to continuing to serve young people through a trauma-informed, community-focused, culturally humiliative lens. John has served as a mentor to ART 180 Teen Council Leaders and a Program Leader for several years.
Chloe' Hagins’s passion for fashion began at a young age and has been cultivated throughout the years. Her brand Vintage.Vibezzz is a play on words that describes her eclectic style of dress that incorporates a modern/vintage approach. Chloe' joined ART 180’s community programs at the age of 8 and began honing her skills as an artist. As an alumna of ART 180’s Teen Leadership Council, she developed her skills as a leader. Now, a rising sophomore at Mary Baldwin University, art and leadership is what inspires Chloe' to give back to her community. She loves using fashion as a tool to show her peers how to turn a bad day into a brighter day, no matter the weather.
RaJahne Harris is from Richmond, VA and is a former member of the ART 180 Teen Leadership Council and ART 180 programs. Since her high school graduation in 2019, RaJahne has been helping teach programs with ART 180 to give back to the community that gave her so much. She now has her own photography business, RaJahne Photography, where her number one goal is to teach her clients how to love themselves.
Nadeea Harvin is a self-taught artist with a growing passion for figure painting, art instructing, and creating safe and open spaces for expression through art. “Along with others in my community, I want to provide guidance and opportunities for anyone wanting to explore their creativity all while prioritizing accessibility, freedom, and personal growth.” Nadeea has been an important program leader in ART 180’s virtual programs and focuses on rebuilding that human connection within the virtual room. You can find Nadeea @naddthenomad on Instagram.
Jaraz Jenkins is an artist from Richmond VA and graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond Public Schools. A native of Richmond, Jaraz experienced life on the streets before taking his art and craft seriously. “Seeing most of my friends die or get incarcerated influenced me to choose art as my way out.” Jaraz attended John Tyler community college and VCU School of the Art’s Painting and Printmaking Program, and graduated with his BFA in 2018. Jaraz works as a professional artist and is currently featured in a documentary about his life and art. “Being from Richmond, I feel that it’s important that I show young people that dreams can come true and success can happen if you stay focused and work hard.”
Maja Olsson grew up in Tidewater Virginia and majored in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College. Maja likes drawing, painting, animating, screen printing, and playing music. Maja loves working with ART 180 youth, because of their endless creativity and eagerness to learn new things. This year Maja will be teaching Amazing Plants! Earth Art and Gardening Class at Saint Andrew’s School.
Heather "Dee" Robertson
Heather “Dee” Robertson is an abstract/mixed media artist with a background in illustration. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for visual expression with young people and exploring different materials. She has shown in galleries here in Richmond, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York. Overall, she gathers her inspiration from experiences in nature. She paints from her porch and likes to collaborate with her three-year-old son, trying to get something on canvas daily. She thrives from being around all forms of visual art and currently works in framing. “I’ve been involved with ART 180 now for almost three years and am consistently impressed and deeply touched by the connections made. I am inspired by the often-fearless creativity that results and consider ART 180 to be an invaluable resource for young people. I have led programs that vary from portraiture to found object sculpture and am preparing one on sign making this summer online. I feel my role is to equip, encourage, and engage which can look very different depending on the group and program goals. Ultimately, it’s time to be free to create and express our own voices as artists and in our community.”
Courtney Stubbs is a Richmond native who uses her background in the creative arts, education, and arts administration to develop work at the intersections of art and mental health. She believes that the creative arts are wonderful tools for self-exploration, self-expression, and community connection through her work as a program assistant with ART 180 for the last two years. Courtney strives to create welcoming and fun program experiences for Richmond's young people.
Nastassja Swift is a visual artist holding a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Craft & Material Studies. She is the owner and artist of D for Dolls, an online collection of handmade needle felted figures. Outside of being a doll maker, Nastassja works with fiber, audio, performance, and film within her studio practice. “I’ve been with ART 180 for almost two years as a mentor within the Teen Leadership program. This was my first time filling such a role and it exceeded my expectations in more ways than I could’ve imagined. The environment that ART 180 cultivates for the youth in this city is special, powerful, important, and so necessary. I’ve enjoyed developing a relationship with my mentee and spending time with all the other teens.”
Hello! My name is Lindsay Wood and I’m a ceramic artist living in Richmond, Virginia. In 2015 I took my first ceramics class at the Visual Arts Center and I’ve been getting my hands dirty ever since! In the last five years, I have been a student, studio monitor, studio intern, and now I have been rewarded with the role of teaching. I also make and sell my own work at local events and occasionally online. My wares are carved with imagery reflective of my inspirations, my joys, memories and nature. I currently work at Hand/Thrown studio here in Richmond where I teach handbuilding classes and workshops. I also teach an after-school ceramics program at Lucille Brown Middle School for ART 180! Sharing my love of clay and art with the community brings so much purpose into my life. Working with youth is especially fulfilling because it allows me to be a part of their creative development and personal growth. I believe that art has healing powers, and can touch people’s lives by reducing stress, boosting self-esteem, and encouraging self-expression.
You can find me on Instagram at @lindsaywoodceramics
ATLAS PROGRAM LEADERS
From Jazz and marching band ensembles to aggressive hardcore/metal bands, Peter Arango aka Lemieux continues to show his musical and creative versatility through the years producing and engineering for artists such as Jesse Boykins III, Nick Collins (Phil Collin's son), Nia Sultana, Kilo Kish, Oyabun, Cherele, ABRA, Father and KeithCharles SPACEBAR of Awful Records, the whole PayUp Game collective, and many more. Apart from his extensive experience in the studio, Peter has had the opportunity of mixing live for such acts as XXXTentacion, Kodak Black, MadeinTYO, DJ Jazzy Jeff, A$AP Ferg, Suicide Boys, Pouya, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, DJ Mustard, Sango, Dom Kennedy, Abra, Matt Fuze, Cyhi The Prince, Bodega Bamz, The Underachievers and more. While living in Miami, Peter ran music production workshops in collaboration with Dark Matter that emphasized minimalism and healthy life balancing habits.
Kaitlynn Davis was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Being one of five siblings, and countless cousins, life was always interesting. As a child, I spent my summers in rural Mississippi with my youngest sister. There, my imagination really came to life. I began dancing at local churches in Virginia and Mississippi at the age of six. My passion for theatre and performing arts blossomed during my academic career at The University of Virginia's College at Wise. During my studies at UVA-Wise, I was afforded the opportunity to perform in several productions, one of which I played the lead role. The play was an original mashup, titled, "Our Town/Hell House". I was given the opportunity to play the lead, Elsa. During my college career, I became involved in political activism. Learning how to motivate a community using nontraditional approaches of theater and engagement, was not only exciting but eye-opening. Moreover, I have studied improvisational theater, as well as, aspects of comedy. I participated in a vocal ensemble for five years here in Richmond. I have experience with musical theater, as well as, many other dance forms, such as traditional African dance, ballroom dance, and interpretive dance. Today, I am married to a lovely woman, Valerie, and have the privilege of still calling Richmond my home. All in all, I can take on many forms. What I add to any production is what I have learned from life-willingness, playfulness, hard work, and compassion.
David Kim, also known as DK, has a BS in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technologies Management and has a minor in Music with an emphasis on Music and Multimedia Production. During his time at Virginia Tech, he had the privilege to work with many talented student artists as their producer and recording engineer through the organization Virginia Tech Digging In The Crates (VTDITC) and the school’s Media Design Studios. Through VTDITC, he had the opportunity to help run Media Literacy Workshops for local Boys and Girls Clubs in Montgomery County, VA. In the summer of 2019, he spent his time in Virginia Beach as an Audio Production Intern for the media production company Studio Center. He is now currently an Audio Engineer and Intern Supervisor for Defiant Studios.
"I was always taught by my mentors that one of the main goals in my career should be to give back to the community and pass on the knowledge I have learned. Through ART 180, I see an opportunity to accomplish this goal and hopefully put the next great artist on the path towards success."
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Khalid Thompson discovered a passion for poetry during creative writing classes in high school. Post-graduation, he sought to challenge his solitary nature via performance outlets such as acting and acoustic guitar. However, there persisted a deep desire within him to find an artistic path more suited to his inherent personality. In the spring of 2006, he decided to move to Washington, DC to gain inspiration from a culturally diverse, international city. After a serendipitous meeting with a charismatic visual artist from the Ivory Coast, Khalid began to reinvestigate a childhood love of drawing. The steady encouragement of this new friend coupled with a renewed sense of self led Khalid to explore his own abstract style of art. The creative freedom and process of improvisational painting became a perfect fit. Since 2008 he has completely devoted himself to painting and drawing.
Gabriel "Gabe" Williams
Gabriel “Gabe” Williams, a music aficionado and audio engineer, is on his way to leave an ineffable mark on hip hop with his forward-looking and all-embracing approach that has occasioned the creation of the music rights administration and organization, The One 8 Music Group; with a vision to provide a platform for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs to jump-start their excursions. While in NYC, he was involved in the recording process for “Believe” by the international artist Che’nelle on her platinum-selling album! Gabe didn’t stop here, eventually through his salutary networking skills, he began engineering for platinum-selling recording artist, Webbie. While at Tree Sound Studios–home to legendary music from Whitney Houston and Elton John to Outkast and T.I.–Gabe was able to excel and even got the chance to witness the recording process of Drake and Future’s “What a Time to be alive” in 2015."
Nicki Stein is a radio producer living in Richmond, Virginia. She is a first-place winner of KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race 2016, and an NPR Story Lab alum. You can hear her work on NPR’s Invisibilia, Luminary's Love + Radio, and through her audio newsletter, Icebox Audio. She thinks a lot about time travel and once declined to sing Rhianna’s part in “Love the Way You Lie” with an Eminem-loving old man at a karaoke bar. She regrets that decision. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.