Erin Muirhead McCarty (she/her/hers) is a seasoned development professional whose work has focused primarily on directing annual fund campaigns, individual and corporate giving, institutional fundraising, and strategic partnerships. In this capacity, she has experience within the world of higher education and also as the annual fund manager for an international nonprofit; she has raised monies for the arts, as well as for social services. She holds a degree in studio arts, and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University’s nationally ranked School of The Arts, and studied visual arts and restoration in Florence, Italy. She's also spent time living and working in London, England. Erin has a love of pop-culture, politics, travel and adventure, and enjoys binge-watching documentaries, she relies on her two teenage daughters to keep her current on all of the latest Tik Tok challenges, Instagram trends, and viral memes.
Jen Babcock Davis (she/her/hers) came to the Community Art Center in 2020. With a background in arts administration, theatre production, and events management, Jen’s career has focused on creating and supporting sustainable programs and events that are both engaging and mission and community driven. She believes that art is an essential piece to the development of any person, and works to break down the barriers preventing access for all. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Production from Northeastern University, and a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. In her free time, Jen can be found either enjoying the outdoors or a great book (or maybe both), or playing games with her friends and family.
Victoria (V) Brancazio (they/them/theirs), when not at the CAC front desk, is an actor and writer in the Greater Boston area. Originally from North Carolina, Victoria graduated from Emerson College in 2018 with a BFA in Acting and Theatre Education. V is a proud member of Stage Source’s Gender Explosion initiative, which seeks to create a more gender-diverse and inclusive theatre for trans and non-binary artists in New England. They’re also a big fan of Avatar the Last Airbender, eggs, baking, and biking.
Jamil Paden (he/him/his) was born and raised in New Jersey and recently moved to Massachusetts from Pennsylvania. He attended Kean University in New Jersey where he obtained his BA and MA in Sociology and Social Justice. Jamil brings to the community an abundance of knowledge and experience in Social Services and Non-for Profit community support. Additionally, Jamil has taught social science courses at various universities. Jamil has also volunteered his time as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
As a child, Cyndi Wish (she/her/hers) wanted to be a surgeon, a mob wife, and a roller derby athlete, so naturally she has had a long career in non-profit arts administration. Cyndi holds a Master of Visual Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Sydney. She currently lives in Baltimore.
Lionel Blaise (he/him/his) was born in Haiti. Ever since he was a child he had an interest in art-making. After immigrating to the U.S. He joined groups and attended schools that had a strong focus on art. As a result, Lionel worked for a variety of art-based nonprofit organizations. This garnered him a passion for teaching and mentoring youths. He then joined the Community Art Center and is now the Teen Media Manager. In this role, he can manage, mentor, and teach youth with the same passion that he has for art-making. His personal work usually involves comic book art, however, throughout the years He's expanded his skill sets into painting and filmmaking.
Hugo Michel Hernandez (he/him/his) is a visual artist and cultural practitioner born in Havana, Cuba. He migrated to the US in the 1980’s and lived in Miami until he relocated to Chicago to pursue a BFA in Drawing & Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he graduated in 1997. Subsequently, he received an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2000, and in 2007 he earned an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship. Previous professorial and teaching experience include teaching Humanities, Art History, and Visual Arts at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; the American Academy of Art in Chicago; and Miami Dade College and Broward College in Florida. He has also taught visual arts at Gallery 37 and Latino Youth Alternative High School in Chicago, and most recently, in Boston Public Schools. Hugo lives in North Cambridge with his two children, Lucas and Penelope and their dachshund Toulouse. He enjoys long bike rides, training for running races, and eating plant based foods. Other interests include traveling and drinking lot of coffee.
A lifelong Cantabridgian, Jada Alleyne (she/her/hers) comes to the Community Art Center with a wealth of early childhood and youth work experience. She has worked with Cambridge Youth Programs, Amigos Community School and Campamento Cultural de Amigos, and Children’s Village. The daughter of an educator, Jada holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a licensed cosmetologist, a creative spirit, and beauty product junkie. These days, when she’s not working on curriculum plans and keeping up with attendance records, she can be found selling her boutique bath & body products through her Soap Her Girl website. Jada enjoys creating art and baking with her young daughter, or spending time twin-bonding with her twin sister.
Emmanuella Fedé (she/her/hers) is currently a 4th year student at Lesley University hoping to become a first grade teacher. She has been a part of the CAC community since she was a teen in the Teen Media program and DIYDS. She is also trained in conflict resolution and is a community advocate. Her hobbies include creating playlists, reading, and learning as much as she can about skincare.
Ariana Messana (she/her/hers) has been a teacher for five years and is excited to join the CAC team! She graduated from Suffolk University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater. She brings her passion for theater and creative writing into the classroom to provide confidence boosting and educational activities for her tribe, The Dreamers. Ariana believes in fostering a safe and welcoming environment to all students and hopes to inspire her tribe to live out their artistic dreams.
Anagha Prasan (she/her/hers) was born in India and moved to Boston to do her undergraduate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her passion from a very young age has been to paint, teach and talk about art, so it only made sense to study Art Education and Painting for her BFA and follow up with an MA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has found a special interest in museums, drawing on rotating exhibitions to challenge her teaching practice and bring something new into every workroom session. When she isn’t busy teaching, she works on her abstract paintings, engages in recreational rock climbing and more recently, weight lifting. Anagha is ready to join the CAC team and leap into creative explorations with her students!
Sarah Winter (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and recently moved to Massachusetts. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied art history. As a former museum administrator, Sarah worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on gallery interactives and a collaborative project to create more equitable, inclusive practices and social action in museums. Her adventurous spirit brought her to the West Coast, where she worked at an Oregon nonprofit focused on arts accessibility, environmental sustainability, and recycled art. These experiences inspired her to pursue an MA in Art, Education + Community Practice New York University. In her spare time, Sarah loves to spend time with family and friends, be outside, make art, and try new baking recipes. Sarah is excited to join CAC and grow with her students in their creative endeavors.
Katytarika Bartel (they/them/theirs) is an arts educator and organizer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Katytarika is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. They have worked as an arts educator at organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Castle Square Tenants Organization, and GrubStreet Creative Writing Center. They are co-founder of the Boston-based community arts collective ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, which works actively in New England to promote and uplift the narratives of Asian-American youth. Katytarika is passionate about making film and photography more accessible, letting young people do things, and the color yellow.
José Yax (he/him/his) is the Community Art Center custodian and resident ‘fix-it-all’ super-hero. It runs in the family for José; for years before him, his brother, Erick held the position until retirement. José’s easy going demeanor and kind ways bring a smile to everyone in his path.