KID smART teaching artists are professionals in their field with experience working with children in classrooms in New Orleans’ public schools. They have an indispensable role as catalysts for creativity, and inspire children to make positive changes in their own lives.
KID smART is committed to building the capacities of teaching artists through on-going research of best practices. Teaching artists meet twice monthly forming a learning community to grow their practice, assess student progress and to evaluate their work with students and teachers.
- Media Arts Enrichment Instructor at The Net
- Professional Development Presenter
Erin Barnard specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country. Prior to her work with New Orleans youth and teachers, Erin coached and taught alongside teachers in arts integration programs in Chicago, where she also presented professional development and studio workshops with programs including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teacher Workshops. Erin studied Literature and Photography at Marlboro College and Arts Management in the Arts in Youth and Community Development program at Columbia College, Chicago.
Brigid Conroy is an artist and researcher based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work examines the relationship between place and social memory—through artists’ books, community projects, and audio compositions. She holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School, where her research focused on the history of religion and transnational migration in the American Gulf South, and she has received training from Penland School of Craft, the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and the Center for Documentary Studies. She has seven years of experience as a teaching artist, and has worked with the Contemporary Arts Center, the Ogden Museum of Art, and the children’s art studio Mini Art Center.
Emily Chiarizio will be bringing visual arts experiences to the classroom this year. Since receiving a camera from her grandmother on her seventh birthday, Emily has loved photography. She studied film at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on photography. She has worked with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotypes and salt printing along with traditional darkroom and digital photography. Over the past fifteen years, Emily has taught and led art activities as a preK-2 classroom teacher, after school director, and summer camp director. Currently, she is working towards a Masters in Language and Literacy through Lesley College. She enjoys collaging, drawing, watercolor painting, making comics, writing, visiting museums and taking long walks with her camera. With a deep belief that we are all artists, Emily is excited to share the joy of learning through art at Einstein Sherwood Forest.
Paul Malbrough Jr.
Paul Fletcher Malbrough Jr is a native New Orleanian digital illustrator, consent educator, and arts educator. He attended the University of New Orleans, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts Digital Media in 2011. Paul was chosen as one of the top 20 young artists in New York in the 2011 Curate NYC Juried Exhibition, and also has illustrated textbooks such as “Children with Audiological Needs” by Kate Reynalds, Ph.D. Paul recently finished the KID smART Homegrown Fellowship, AXIS training, and was the summer camp artist for ReNEW Schools Camp at Schaumburg Elementary K-2.
- Music Residency at Hynes – UNO
Kevyn Miller is a music educator, singer, and drag artist in New Orleans. He studied Music Education at Louisiana State University and went on to teach K-8th grade general music in Baton Rouge. In the classroom, his goal is to build literacy and to foster a life-long love and appreciation for music and the values it instills. He loves sharing his knowledge and understanding of music with students in an exciting and creative way that makes them eager to learn more.
- Arts Coach
- Poetry and Visual Art Residency at International School of Louisiana – Camp
- Professional Development Presenter
Tiana Nobile has been working in New Orleans public schools for over ten years. Recently named one of The Gambit’s “40 Under 40,” she has worked as a paraprofessional, lead classroom teacher, arts integration specialist, and teaching artist. Currently, she teaches in a collaborative artist residency at ISL – Uptown and facilitates professional development workshops on effectively integrating poetry and visual art with academic curriculum. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MAT in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. As a poet, her work has been published widely, and she is the author of Cleave, which was released by Hub City Press in 2021.
- Visual Art Residency at Esperanza Charter School
Andrea Panzeca is a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, dancer, and teaching artist. She’s taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. She’s developing a multidisciplinary project to foster environmental awareness, creativity, movement, and science by combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets.
This year, KID smART Teaching Artist Virginia Walcott is bringing Visual Arts into the classroom at Einstein Middle School. Through this creative expression, your student will learn about the worlds of design, film, and contemporary as well as traditional mediums. Virginia Walcott (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. She works in video and 2D/3D mixed media and is interested in our natural, built, and digital environments, ideas of home, and the U.S. South. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and has spent the last five years working for publications like The Atlantic and Scalawag Magazine. She lives in New Orleans where she teaches at various art centers and runs a creative studio called Superhumid, working with clients primarily in journalism and music. She has recently been added as a member of Staple Goods Gallery, a member-run space in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans.
- Professional Development Presenter
Aminisha Ferdinand is a theater & dance artist-educator. She coaches teachers and teaching artists on integrating arts into the classroom. Her teaching experience includes work in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Gulu, Uganda. Before entering the field of arts education, she performed in theater and film in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. She is re-emerging as a performing artist with a developing lens on decolonized expression. She has an MA in Educational Theater from NYU and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami.