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The Teaching Artists
The lead teaching artist for CAT'S Got Talent is 14 Black Poppies Co-founder, Jason Wyman. Bringing over 25 years in youth, workforce, creative, and community development , CAT'S Got Talent is the culmination of his life work. He is joined by CAT Senior (and former 14 Black Poppies intern) Hilda Herrrera as a assistant teaching artist. CAT'S Got Talent is also working with teaching artists Star Amerasu, Kolmel WithLove, Rhiannon MacFayden, and Leah Weitz. Karrie Meyers-Taylor also joins the team as lead documentarian.
HILDA HERRERA was born on 5/2/96 in San Francisco. She is recently a student at City Art & Technology and is involve with progressive grounds/14 black poppies. She first encountered with progressive grounds/14 black poppies because of her WLE in other words is community service that she required to do for her junior and senior year at C.A.T. Hilda said " Working as an intern at progressive has taught me so much about culture and the true meaning of art and music based on the performance I've witnessed here. Being an Intern here has helped me improve my people skill and technology skill as well." She has been able to learn these skills through out the years spent at C.A.T and has been able to apply them at progressive ground/14 black poppies. Hilda is also a musician and has been playing acoustic guitar for over three years now which has also been a great addition to her life and great full for the inspiration she has been able to create with music. She has also been playing soccer since she was five and has been involved with soccer ever since because it as well as music is her passion.
A San Francisco native, RHIANNON EVANS MACFADYEN (teaching marketing and outreach) is an independent consultant for artists, small institutions, and budding collectors. With a BFA in Fine Art and Commercial Photography, she is also an artist, writer, curator, and Founder/Director of A Simple Collective. Former Marketing Director of Catharine Clark Gallery, Rhiannon has over fifteen years experience in the commercial art world, gaining a wide skill-set that ranges from marketing and management to installation and sales. She has worked as a design and brand consultant for artists and small businesses and spent her early days as a performer and creative consultant for a number of folkloric performance companies in the Bay Area and created and taught Kindergarten art workshops in Palo Alto. Deeply involved with several community-building, cultural, and arts marketing organizations, she spearheaded the creation and curation of Yerba Buena Night: the free outdoor arts festival in downtown San Francisco, now in its third year; is on the Advisory Board for WEAD (Women’s Environmental Artist Directory); and she continually works to promote access and independence in the arts.
KOLMEL WITHLOVE (teaching event production cycles)is an artist and event producer with over ten years of experience creating and assisting in the operations of arts events, festivals, street fairs, and sporting competitions. They have worked for the last four years as an Operations Manager and now Programming and Hopsitality Associate at Frameline: SF International LGBT Film Festival the largest and longest running queer film festival in the world drawing over 60,000 audience members each festival. Annually, they also work on the production teams for large-scale events in San Francisco including Bay to Breakers, Asian American Heritage Street Festival, Silent Film Festival, Jewish International Film Festival,and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. In addition to large-scale events, they work as a seasonal House Manager and Stage Manager for various SOMA art organizations, produce large-scale video installations for Billy Picture Productions and manage all press and event listings for REDCAT Film at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They are the creator, host and curater for a monthly performance series THE NEWS featuring fresh queer experimental performance at SOMArts Cultural Center ever first Tuesday of the month.
Kolmel WithLove's art career focuses on collaborations with other artists, event producation and curation, filmmaking and performance. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, MIX NYC, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, Artist Television Access, RAID Projects, Feminist Art Pop-Up Festival and in the book and DVD “Strange Attractors.” Withlove has performed in venues including SOMArts Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theater, The Fowler Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Garage and various galleries, living rooms and piano lounges in Los Angeles, New York and the Bay Area.
STAR AMERASU (teaching event hosting) has been a performer from the womb. This young, intelligent woman, started out telling stories. Learning to read and write at just two years old. This child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Taking this intelligence she was able to skip some grades and Graduate at seventeen. Star began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a Fine Arts Academy for her high school days. After graduating, she attended Cornish College of the Arts on a Scholarship. She then left the school and landed herself here in San Francisco. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries. She is thrilled to be performing her acoustic set, look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
KARRIE MYERS-TAYLOR (teaching blogging and vlogging) is a writer and film editor. She is the Director of Videokard, a Bay Area-based video production and marketing crew. Videokard specializes in producing character profile-based video business cards; “movie trailers” for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Karrie’s freelance writing work has been published in TRACE, Fly and NRG Magazines, her photography has been published in The New York Times and her film work has been featured in The Creosote Journal. She is also a member of San Francisco’s Makeshift Society.
Check out her work atwww.videokard.com <http://www.videokard.com> , atwww.facebook.com/Videokard <http://www.facebook.com/Videokard> , or on Twitter at @Videokard.
NINA PARKS bio coming soon.