2012 Create Change Professional Development Fellows

Tomie Arai

Tomie Arai is a public artist who lives and works in NYC. Tomie has painted murals with community groups on the Lower East Side and has designed permanent public works of art for the NYC PerCent for Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, The San Francisco Arts Commission, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the NYC Board of Education and the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program. Her recent projects include a public art commission for the elevated Pelham Parkway subway station in the Bronx and designs for architectural glass artwork for a new Metro station in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Creative Conversations: Tomie Arai and Betty Yu
Xenia Diente

Xenia Diente is a Public Art Manager/Percent for Art Liaison at NYC Department of Design and Construction, integrating permanent art with the City’s capital improvement program. She was a product developer for Hoberman Designs & Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in transformable design. She was an associate artist in residence with Rick Lowe at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Xenia holds a BFA from The Cooper Union. She is an active member of its Alumni Association and the advocacy group Friends of Cooper Union, a coalition to preserve the school’s merit based full tuition free scholarship program.
Creative Conversations: Xenia Diente and Hollis King
Mary Jeys

Mary Jeys is a multi-media artist and activist. She founded the Brooklyn Torch Project, a local currency initiative for North Brooklyn in 2009 after receiving a small community grant from FEAST. The Brooklyn Torch Project has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, WNYC, NY Daily News, American Banker, and MSN Money. Her work has been exhibited in Brooklyn, NY; Jersey City, NJ; Austin, TX; and Dublin, Ireland.
Creative Conversations: Mary Jeys and Sinema White
Nontsikelelo Mutiti

As an active member of a growing creative community in Zimbabwe, Mutiti has worked as a scenic designer for the National Ballet and Dance Trust of Zimbabwe as well as the Harare International Festival of the Arts. In 2006 she curated an exhibition for the International Images Film Festival for Women held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. She received a Diploma in Multimedia in 2007 from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Harare.

As an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art, concentrating in Graphic Design, she has worked across mediums producing work that is light-based, physical, digital and audio visual. This year she was a recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship.
Creative Conversations: Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Elizabeth Hamby, and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin
Julia Taylor

Julia is a community artist and facilitator with a focus on using theater for social justice. She worked as an arts-based facilitator with the Prison Creative Arts Project in Michigan and Thousand Kites at Appalshop in Kentucky. Her essay “Sculpting Empowerment: Theatre in a Juvenile Facility and Beyond” appears in the new book Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre. As a Master of Arts in Applied Theater, Julia co-facilitated the “Safe in This Place Project” in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is a teaching artist in New York, devising theatrical workshops and sessions using participatory theater forms.
Creative Conversations: Julia Taylor and Suran Song
Pancho Westerndarp

Born in 1978 in Mexico City, Pancho Westendarp is a visual artist interested in creating systems where it is possible to analyze relations between time, space, memory and movement. He received an MA in Documentary Production in 2005 from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. In 2009 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his MFA degree at Stony Brook University in 2012. Recent group exhibitions include Macabre & Mysticism, Red Roots Gallery, New York; Continuum. Intervention Gallery, London. England; (ready)Media, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico. Recent Solo exhibitions include The Self-Portrait of a Sleeping Man, Oasis Gallery, Michigan.
Moira Williams

Moira Williams’ performance-based work invites public interactions and gestures of exchange. In “Dirt Shirt” she uses her body to germinate hairy vetch seeds, which she then plants, harvests, and makes into bread. She can also be found walking to the Dekalb post office in Bushwick, NY, where she mails her daily letters to the Milky Way. Moira has participated in Paradise Lost N.Y., Shifting Communities B.R.A.C., Dorsky Curatorial Gallery NY, Electronic Arts Festival M.I.T, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival, and the Philadelphia Marathon. She holds a BFA in Media Arts from S.V.A. in N.Y., a Spatial Politics Certificate and MFA from Stony Brook University, N.Y.
Creative Conversations: Moira Williams and Haifa Bint-Kadi