FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Barbara holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wyoming and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from The University of Maryland. She is a candidate for the Master’s of Art Education degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 Barbara received the Outstanding Scholar Award from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania for her work advancing art education nationally through her publication efforts and national speaking engagements. Click here to read more >
Christine monaco williams
director of education
Christine Monaco Williams is a Maryland native and was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Christine received her B.A. in Studio Art and holds a M.Ed in Art Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She is certified to teach Art for Prek – 12th grades in the State of Maryland.
Christine has been working in education and art non-profits since 1999 and has taught preschool through middle school aged children. She believes that art programs should be accessible to every child regardless of socioeconomic status or learning style and that by using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies, every child can generate original concepts and experience authentic art making that is personally meaningful.Christine develops art curriculum that is child centered, balanced between skill development, exploration and independent choice.
Christine’s creative studio practices include painting, photography and mixed-media sculpture.
director of outreach and partnerships
Melissa Glasser was raise in the DMV. Growing up in Washington, DC, she was exposed to painting at an early age by her father, the artist and teacher, the late David T. Glasser. In 1997, she received a BFA from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in painting and ceramics. She moved to New York City where she created and exhibited artwork that emphasized the female figure through color and pattern.
In addition to her artistic expertise, Melissa brings more than 13 years of professional experience in customer service, management, press relations, and design. In 2004, Glasser moved to the Gateway Art District in Mt. Rainier, MD. She has been a pioneer in the Gateway Arts District arts movement as lead artist for 5 large scale exterior community murals and serves as an arts advisory board member for the district. In addition to her career in hospitality and public arts, Melissa built a fine arts practice in oil, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media with 18 individual and group shows between 1998-2016 in Brooklyn, NY and the Washington, DC areas.
Natalie Zeitz was born and raised South of Atlanta in Peachtree City, GA. She earned her BA in Visual Studies from Tyler School of Art, Temple University of Philadelphia, PA in 2014. After college, Natalie moved around and traveled, living and working in Tacoma, WA, as well as, Yosemite National Park, CA. She arrived in Maryland in November of 2017, and has since found the arts community here to be something worth sticking around for.
Development and communications associate
Kelly Weiss spent most of her early life growing up between Florida and Georgia and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Florida State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Museum Education from George Washington University. Kelly has spent time living and getting to know many different communities in the DMV since arriving in June of 2016. She has almost 10 years of experience working with students of all ages (pre-k through adults) in various educational settings, and has been working in DC-based museums and non-profits for 2 years. She brings a life-long appreciation for the arts and dabbles in some of her own when she finds time.
Our Teaching Artists
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.
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 Parents’ Night Out Program and assists in several other community partnerships.
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 at Mount Rainier and Thomas Stone Elementary along with teaching private lessons.
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 kindergarteners.
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.