Rob Levit(View Posts)
Rob Levit, the visionary founder of Creating Communities, is an acclaimed musician and artist, who has created award-winning innovative “Life-Skills Through The Arts” programs for hundreds of at-risk youth and adults. He is currently Executive Director of Creating Communities and the first Artist-In-Residence at Hospice of the Chesapeake, where he created and infused healing activities for the well-being of staff, families and patients.
Steve Poole(View Posts)
Steve has had a long career in music as a professional trumpet player, singer, instructor, worship leader, and director of musical theater. He is an author with more than 20 items published, most notably his book act UP: Drama and Musical Theater Ministry. He has also written songs, hymns, dramatic sketches, several full-length Broadway-style musical theater pieces for churches, and more.
Aral Orgun(View Posts)
Aral Olgun is an artist with a background in fine art and illustration. His work is largely inspired by traditional art making practices, and exploring the intersection of older media with new forms of digital artmaking. In addition to his personal practice, he's worked with several arts-education based programs, with a wide range of students coming from many backgrounds.
Lauren Kelly-Washington(View Posts)
Lauren Kelly-Washington is founder and director of BLiS* Moves™ *(Body Language is Somatic), an organization offering a variety of somatic movements & ethnic dance as well as music offerings from the African Diaspora. She has a reputation as an open and loving teacher who is gifted in the art of inviting her students to explore their innate joy and full potential. Musically, Lauren has performed solo, and with ensembles – including a capella women’s group,Inkululeko, and African soukous band, Tamasha Africana. Her CD, With Open Arms, is a solo exploration of her collaborative work.
Kaytlynn Capasso(View Posts)
Hello! My name is Kaytlynn Capasso. I am a music teacher at Georgetown East Elementary school. I am also a professional saxophone player/jazz musician. I have been teaching in the public school system for two years now and I taught privately for three years prior. I fell in love with music at a very young age. I loved how intricate, yet so simple and pure it was. I love the way it can make you feel all types of emotion. It frees up your mind while also allowing you to be creative and unique. It is seriously the universal language. This is what I hope to inspire young minds to do. Listen, create and explore. Ask the questions of “Why?” and “How?” Joseph Chilton Pearce said “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” There are never any wrong notes; only the right notes, and notes that make our brains grow.
Erica Jensen(View Posts)
Erica is a Visual Arts teacher for PreK-5th grade in Baltimore City Public Schools and serves as a Creating Communities art mentor for after school programs in Annapolis. She loves working with young artists because of their energy, enthusiasm and endless imaginations and creativity. In Charlotte NC, she owned and operated Studio E, a fine arts working studio and gallery that showcased up and coming local artists, and hosted community art walks. When she is not teaching or making art, Erica also teaches Yoga and fitness classes. She stays busy with her three sons and a household of rescued animals.