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We are youth leaders and teaching artists collectively unlearning with art as the point of departure.

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Roma is a senior at La Jolla Country Day School. She was one of the Cofounders of the School of Now along with Yasmina and Tavisha. She is the founder and mentor of La Jolla Country Day's Speech and Debate team, and is heavily involved in diversity work in her community. She has also been on the Varsity Mock Trial team for the past 3 years. Her favorite food is sushi, her favorite artist: the queen Nicki Minaj, and in her free time she watches a ridiculous amount of Downton Abbey.

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Megan Broughton (she/her) is an artist, educator, and editor. She earned a BFA in Fine Art from CalArts in 2012 and is a CalArts Bay Area Alumnx Chapter Leader. She has held residencies at The Earthfire Institute, Idaho (2012); Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain (2014, 2017); and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway (2019). She is the founder of The Oxbow School’s After School Art Program and was a founding instructor at NOMAD Lab which was awarded The John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in its inaugural year for exemplary practice and exceptional leadership in human relations work. She is a Contributing Editor at Entropy Magazine and the co-founder and creative director of Two if by Sea Press; her writing has appeared in Entropy, Enclave, and FANZINE. Her etchings and paintings have been exhibited nationally and she is a newly juried member of the California Society of Printmakers.

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Kailyn T. Bryant is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Palm Beach, Florida. Bryant works in painting, sculpture, sound, video, and much more. They are the founder of the SUBJECTTOCHANGE Project (STCP), a collection of human experiences with a focus on showcasing and holding space for people to share their narratives through art, music, and literature.

 

Overall their work centers on race, gender, political and social issues. The physical scale of Bryant’s work allows them to create a setting that fully encapsulates every detail that they intend to showcase and allows the viewer to be enveloped into their work and to create the feeling of being overwhelmed. Bryant’s visual art has been shown at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Armory Art Center, the Women in the Visual Arts Center (WITVA), the School of Visual Arts Gramercy Art Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum.

 

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Bryant has received gold and silver keys (2016-2021) from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards both regionally and at the national level. Bryant is an alumnus of the Oxbow School (Napa, CA) and a graduate of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. This fall Bryant will be attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). 

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Dyllan Larmond (they/he) is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their work centers around the exploration of queerness, gender, and the natural world, with emphasis on color and mark making. Through their art, they wish to understand themself and the world around them whilst projecting their own experiences onto a physical form. 

Their artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through self-reflection and portraiture across various mediums. The most recent being acrylic paints and gouache. The subject matter of each body of work lends itself to various materials and the forms including, painting, film photography, drawing, and mixed media and often manifest into a variety of self portraits. 


 

With influences as diverse as John Dugdale and Richard Avedon, new insights are created from both explicit and implicit discourse. Their works are characterized by the use of bright colors and playful juxtaposition. With a strong interest in portraiture, they often create work that depicts a variety of narratives, often serving as a commentary on society and pop culture in reference to social issues such as LGBTQ+ Rights, climate change and gender identity.  Dyllan Larmond has participated in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, winning a gold key in the southeast region in 2016 and 2017, two silver keys in 2021, an honorable mention as well as recognition in the 2020 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Exhibition. Dyllan is an Oxbow School alumnus and recent graduate of Woodward Academy’s class of 2021. This fall they will attend NYU, majoring in Studio Art.

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Artemisio Romero y Carver (she/her/he/him) is an artist, poet, and organizer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a Co-Founder and Steering Committee member of Youth United For Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA), a youth lead nonprofit that advances climate justice, democracy, and civil rights. Artemisio’s art pursues those same goals. His visual art has been shown at the Zalma Lofton Gallery, the Zane Bennett Gallery, the Napa Valley Museum, and Warehouse 508, among others. His writing has appeared in publications that include Genre: Urban Arts, Inlandia Literary Journal, Tumbleweeds Magazine, and Magma Poetry. Artemisio received the 30 Under 30 Changemakers Award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, earned First Place in Specialty Articles during the New Mexico Press Women 2020 Communications Contest, and was Santa Fe’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate. This fall he will start his freshman year at Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Cindy Santos Bravo (she/her) is a conceptual artist and educational theorist, who facilitates art education and supports the development of teaching artists. She was first influenced by post-colonial theory in 1999 at the University of Dallas, where she went on to receive her BA in Drawing and Painting. In 2006, her MFA from California Institute of the Arts was the catalyst for interdisciplinary documentation of hybridity reclaimed from the constraints embodied by race, religion, sexuality, and eurocentrism. Her earliest work was featured in the New Museum's first Younger Than Jesus generational publication. Her installations, videos, sculptures, and drawings have been exhibited at the Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel; Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Mexicali Biennial, Mexicali; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts. She currently lives and works in San Diego and supports youth leaders on a national level.

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L. Gilbert (they/them) is an artist, educator, and farmer based in Northern California. They earned a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2017. Their work centers on community, mutual aid, food justice, queerness, and climate action. L. has spent the last year with their hands in the soil and designing and building an off-grid, sustainable tiny house on wheels. This fall, they will be pursuing a Masters in Environmental Art and Social Practice at the University of California Santa Cruz. In this program, they will explore the intersections of queerness and rural life throughout the history of California and into the present moment.

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Karina Esperanza Yanez (she/they) is an experienced visual arts educator from South-Central Los Angeles with a demonstrated history of working in arts education and arts management. Her goal is to provide students with the necessary tools to become creative in their own right as young artists and positively engage with their community.

Karina is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, printmaking, sewing, drawing, and everything else in between. Karina holds a BFA in Fine Art from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and two Graduate degrees; one from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Community Arts Education and from Claremont Graduate University in Arts Administration.

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Tavisha Khanna is a Junior currently attending La Jolla Country Day School. She is the Head of Design and Development at the Torrey Law Review. In addition to this, she is the Captain of the JV Mock Trial Team, a member of a robotics team, the founder and organizer of TEDxLaJollaCountryDaySchool, a co-founder of the School of Now, and she plays for the Varsity Field Hockey Team. 

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