Lillian Alonzo Marin
Founder and Artistic Director
Lillian’s Artistic Dream: “to change the world!”
Lillian Alonzo Marin was born in Mexico City. At eight years of age, she and her family lived in the United States for a three-year period, where she discovered talents in painting and singing. Lillian grew up with deeply grounded roots in the Mexican and American cultures, experiencing and adapting to contrasts and similarities among its people and places. She received a B.A. in International Relations at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, an M.A. in International Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and a B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College in New York City. She holds honors as a Ford-Hewlett-Macarthur Foundation Fellow for Development Studies and as a Mexican Government CONACYT Fellow for International Relations Studies.With a deep commitment to giving back, she has worked for the Mexican Government, The United Nations, The World Bank, and in non-profit fundraising for over ten renowned American institutions with missions ranging from the arts to the environment. She holds additional art studies from Parsons School of Design in New York City, Université Pierre Mendes France in Grenoble, France and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. Her artwork resides in private and corporate collections in Mexico City; Puebla, Mexico; Grenoble, France; and New York City. Lillian speaks Spanish, English, and French and lived in NYC for 13 years. She now lives in Sonora, Mexico near the border with the US spreading the light of Artistic Dreams where it is most needed.
Lauren Clark McDermott
NYC Program Director
Lauren’s Artistic Dream: “to share my love for experiential learning”
Lauren grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Her interest in and passion for working with children began while studying Human Development at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. While taking a variety of courses ranging from nutrition to brain science, she adopted a holistic approach to development, recognizing the interconnectedness between physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development. Applying her knowledge of child psychology and development, Lauren worked on a research project for two years developing an intervention program to increase the quality of home-based childcare in low-income areas of Rochester, NY. After graduation, she moved to New York City and completed her Masters in Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Lauren taught 4th grade at a progressive independent school in the West Village for seven years. She collaborated with a variety of teachers including Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, and Movement to develop the History and English curriculums. In addition to classroom teaching, Lauren has a wide spectrum of experience in educational leadership. She was an active member of the Equity Committee, coached the running club, and participated in the NYSAIS Emerging Leaders Institute. In addition, Lauren was selected to chair the ten-year NYSAIS Evaluation and Accreditation for her school in 2012. In June 2014, Lauren moved to London, UK and began teaching 3rd grade while taking on the role of Head of Sport at a small independent school in Muswell Hill, a suburb of north London. After returning to New York City in March 2015, Lauren decided to leave the classroom with the mission of applying her teaching and curriculum development skills on a broader level. She is excited to be making an impact on the lives of children in West Harlem as well as around the world through Artistic Dreams International.
Local Team – NYC
George Bruce Library
George Bruce Library is located in Harlem, New York City. Artistic Dreams International provides a visual arts and leadership class for students ages 7 to 12 at George Bruce Library on Saturday mornings.
George Bruce Library ADI Teacher
Carol’s Artistic Dream: “to support children to communicate their own ideas”
Carol Herd-Rodriguez has taught at George Bruce Library for 2 years. Carol is a working artist and an experienced art educator. As a painter, Carol works in acrylic and mixed media. Her work is drawn from the landscape, primarily the Hudson Valley and dream imagery. Carol believes that art education plays a dynamic role in educating the whole child. Art experience encourages development of executive function, communication, literacy, self expression and self-confidence in students. Her lessons are planned around open ended creativity, skill development and growing student appreciation of art. Provocations for lessons are shaped by student interests, ongoing observation and program goals. She has successfully worked with diverse characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities and believes that every child is an artist and simply needs to find their voice. As a teacher, Carol perceives her role as a facilitator of creativity. She finds teaching for Artistic Dreams International hugely rewarding. The reflective nature of the lessons in the Artistic Dreams International program allows for very meaningful outcomes.
George Bruce Library ADI Assistant
Natasha’s Artistic Dream: “to help children find what inspires them in life, what their dreams are, and what feeds their souls”
Natasha Martinez has been an assistant teacher at George Bruce Library for 2 years. Natasha is a native New Yorker. She grew up in the suburbs of Long Island and eventually moved to Brooklyn. Natasha received my B.A in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. She has taught Pre-K in for the past 2 years and hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education in the near future.
Hamilton Grange Library
Hamilton Grange Library is located in Harlem, New York City. Artistic Dreams International provides a visual arts and leadership class for students ages 7 to 12 at Hamilton Grange Library on Saturday mornings.
Hamilton Grange Library ADI Assistant
Victoria’s Artistic Dream: “to increase access to the arts to empower individuals and cultivate self-respect and respect for others”
Victoria has been an assistant teacher at Hamilton Grange Library for 1 year. Victoria is a writer, artist, and activist. Her writing has appeared in The Collagist, Perigee, Quarter After Eight, and Word Riot. Victoria has worked at various arts education organizations that bring artistic resources to oppressed and marginalized communities. She is a workshop leader for New York Writers Coalition and a VONA/Voices alumna. Victoria is from Virginia and now writes, collages, and plays in New York.
P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas
P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas is located in Harlem, New York City. Artistic Dreams International provides an after school visual arts and leadership class for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at P.S. 36 on Wednesday afternoons.
P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche
P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche is located in Harlem, New York City. Artistic Dreams International provides a choral and leadership class for 4th and 5th grade students and a yoga, movement, and leadership class for 1st and 2nd grader students at P.S. 125 on Thursday mornings.
P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche ADI Teacher
Jasmine’s Artistic Dream: “to empower children to explore and discover the world through musical expression”
Jasmine Wilson began the ADI Choral Program in September 2015. Jasmine is classically trained singer and poet, based in New York. You can catch her performing, teaching, or producing shows. She has appeared with Canadian bands What It Is, the Morphtet, Freak Motif, and Kalmunity. Jasmine also has hosted Soul Perspectives on CKUT 90.3 FM and produced multiple radio programs with Montreal’s Bell Media. She loves singing in foreign languages, traveling, and trying new foods.
P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche ADI Pianist
Kyle P. Walker began as the pianist for the ADI Chorus in September 2015. Kyle has been featured on WQXR radio, NPR and UNC-TV. Recent performances include his 2013 debut solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera Guild, The House of the Redeemer, The National Opera America Center, Tishman Auditorium, and innovative multimedia venue, Spectrum NYC. A dedicated teacher, Walker maintains an extremely active teaching studio compiled of private students as well as on piano faculty at Fort Lee School of Music, The Music School of New York City, and The Wifi Music School. He is currently embarking on a solo performance project entitled BlackNotes, which aims to explore the divides and connections between White American and Black American Art Music. To see and hear Walker as well as follow along with his journey, visit him on the web at www.kylewalkerpiano.com.
P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche ADI Teacher
Eli Walker started up ADI’s Yoga and Movement program in January 2016. Originally from Wisconsin, Eli came to New York City to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for Acting. Growing up, she was a dancer and competitive gymnast for many years. As such, she learned how to challenge her physical and mental boundaries, trust her instincts and value her strength. She learned that her physical strength and flexibility are reflections of her mental and emotional capacity. Whatever she believed she could do, her body could achieve. So, naturally, when she began practicing yoga in 2008, she found the same refuge in the challenges that give yoga its very essence: how to find inner peace amidst pain and chaos, how to conquer “mind over matter,” and how to feel unconditional compassion for all living beings, with the understanding that “everybody’s truth is their own truth.” Having trained using the Atmananda Yoga Sequence, as well as with the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Institute in India, Eli teaches a Vinyasa flow with elements of traditional Hatha yoga with a strong emphasis on safety, alignment, consistency and breath, for beginner to advanced yogis. Eli teaches yoga to provide her students with the opportunity to find their own strength within the poses so that they may be empowered to see their potential in a different light. This shift in perspective allows negative, unproductive thoughts to melt away, leaving only the inherent calm and peace–our true nature–to exist within the container that is the physical body.
P.S. 210 Twenty-first Century Academy
P.S. 210 Twenty-first Century Academy is located in Harlem, New York City. Artistic Dreams International provides an after school visual arts and leadership class for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at P.S. 210 on Friday afternoons.
P.S. 210 Twenty-first Century Academy ADI Teacher
Sacha Sukasam began teaching at P.S. 210 in January 2016. Sacha was born in Thailand, grew up in Austria before finishing my BA at Goldsmiths, University of London. Most recently Sacha graduated with a Masters in Art Education from NYU. He is also an artist, wherein my preferred medium is painting, however since I became a teacher my techniques and mediums have expanded to collage, photography, ceramic and printing.
P.S. 210 Twenty-first Century Academy ADI Assistant
Shantee’s Artistic Dream: “to encourage youth to assist in creating a visually pleasing world to live in”
Shantee Rose began teaching for ADI two years ago, starting as an assistant for Hamilton Grange Library and then moving to P.S. 210. Since volunteering to work with After- School Youth over ten years ago, Shantee has then evolved and developed positive and resourceful skills that assist her in making her Artistic Dream come true. Her love of art has exposed her to many avenues regarding character develop for children through art, promotion of positive life skills and constant encouragement.