Meet Our Summer Staff
Our Summer Camp is a licensed camp the focuses on safety as much as creativity. ALL of our staff have passed FBI, state, and child protective services background checks.
Rachel Ann Cross is an artist, musician, and educator who has been working in the DC area for over 25 years. Her vibrant artistic vision and sense of social justice are heavily informed by her experiences growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s.
As a musician, educator, and visual artist, Rachel has had the distinct pleasure of working with people of all ages and abilities including at-risk elementary school students, children and adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, deaf actors and choreographers, political activists, incarcerated teenagers, teenagers in mental health facilities, college students, musicians, dancers, and visual artists from all around the world, senior citizens, folk singers, and kindergartners.
Rachel holds a BFA in fine arts from the Corcoran School of Art. She also studied in N.Y. and Paris through Parsons School of Design. Rachel is currently artist-in-residence for the City of Greenbelt, MD.
Kaz King is a young artist and native of Prince George’s County. He is currently studying at Prince George’s Community College, Kaz has worked in the community with children since 2008. Inspired by many different forms of art, Kaz grew up admiring the variety of styles and techniques of popular comic book artists and animators. Kaz currently leads our Art Club after school program as well as teaches in several other programs.
Meghan Graham was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Meghan graduated from Delaware College of Art and Design where she received her Associates in Fine Arts. Shortly after graduating, Meghan moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in art. While in California, she taught ceramics to elementary school children across Santa Monica. Little did Meghan know, teaching art to children would bring her so much joy. After a year of living in Los Angeles, she moved back to Maryland to continue her newfound love of teaching art. Meghan has been with Art Works Now since October 2016, and loves working with students from Hyattsville Elementary in our Art Club after school program, teaching private lessons, and summer camp.
Emily was born in Seattle, Washington into a military family and has had the privilege of living all around the world including Stuttgart, Germany and Yokosuka, Japan. (And has even graduated high school in Japan!) Wanting to settle somewhere completely new, she decided to move to Maryland where she attended University of Maryland and was a student of the College Park Art Scholars Program. While attending UMD, Emily was able to truly discover herself as an artist and find her passion for not only studio art but art history and philosophy as well. She has recently graduated with a BA in Studio Art and Art Education.
As an adventure lover, Emily enjoys skydiving, parasailing, walking the ocean floor, zip lining, white water rafting, riding elephants through the forests in Bali, and has hiked to the top of Mount Fuji (three times!) Combining her love of art and passion for working with children, she found her true calling as an art teacher. When working with students, every day is a new adventure and she never gets bored!
Carillon Smith is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in film, animation, and video and a minor in literary arts. She is also a self-taught fiber artist. She loves to sew, knit, create stop motion animation, and make tiny versions of big things. Since graduating, she has been teaching a number of art classes at different studios around DC and Maryland. She grew up right on the Potomac River in Virginia and is excited to share her love and knowledge of art with kids in the DC area.
Brandon was born in Washington, D.C and reared in Maryland. Even at a very young age Brandon had a fascination with art, specifically character design and animation. He would eventually take his passion and attend the former Capital Children’s Museum's Animation Program. In this program, he worked on a collaboration clay animation project called the “Looney Toon”, which would win a Nickelodeon Telly Award. He would later serve as one of the counselors, in which he helped students realize their own art ideas.
Brandon attended Savannah College of Art & Design and graduated with a BFA in Animation. He has a strong love for art, and relishes teaching children different ways to approach and see art to help them discover the artist within them.
Adam was raised in Mount Rainier, Maryland. He went to the School of Art and Design at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, he received two Associates of the Fine Art degrees in both Graphic Design and Studio Art. He later transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a BA in Theatre. Adam has always been passionate about the arts. He enjoys teaching children to appreciate art and to enjoy creating.
Corey Disher is a Deaf artist. From Winston-Salem, NC, Corey has lived all over the Eastern Coast. They went to Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts to take some art classes, then transferred to Gallaudet University in 2016. Corey is obsessed with H.R. Giger’s artwork, and makes pen and ink drawings exploring queer, Deaf, and alternative communities. Corey currently works at Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center since 2017.