Annisia Martinez

is an artist and educator raised in Queens, NY. After graduating from Pratt Institute, she spent three years teaching Visual Arts to middle school students in the Bronx. During this time she worked on large scale oil paintings in her apartment bedroom, and published poems through a virtual residency with Arts Letter and Numbers. In 2021, she led relief printing workshops at the residency Córtex Frontal in Arraiolos, Portugal. She is currently an Education and Engagement Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as a Teaching Artist at Queens Museum. She is currently working on a series of oil paintings of sheet music (the songs that moved me).

Laura Blacklow

her handmade, manipulated photographic prints and unique artist’s books have been
shown internationally. She is the author of New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step-by-Step
Manual for Alternative Techniques, 5th edition (Routledge, NY and London, 2018), published in
French by Editions Francaise un department d’Edi8, Paris, as Procédes de Photographie Alternatifs,

Her handmade books and prints are in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University;
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art; and the private collections of Lucy Lippard and Sol Lewitt to name a few. Reproductions of her work have appeared in dozens of publications including Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, Christine Anderson (Focal Press, 2019).
Blacklow has been volunteering in Central America for over two decades at FotokidsOriginal. She
was president of the local Artists’ Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America and was an active member of the Boston Area Guatemala Solidarity Committee. Blacklow served on the Board of Directors of Boston’s Photographic Resource Center.

Wes Rodriguez

is a Florida-grown, Cuban-Guatemalan American writer, director, and cinematographer based in Los Angeles, CA. As a first-generation, bilingual, multi-disciplinary artist, his work explores themes of love, identity, metaphysics, and spirituality in science fiction and comedy with a focus on healing generational trauma through laughter and self-reflection. Under the mentorship of Werner Herzog, Wes directed Pa’lante, an award-winning short film shot on location in Cuba. He is a GFS LA Frieze Award Fellow, Hola Mexico Tomorrow’s Filmmaker’s Today Fellow, DGA John Frankenheimer Fellow, and a NALIP Latino Media Market TV Writing Fellow. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at USC. Formerly, Wes was a film mentor and educator for the Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project under Edward James Olmos.

Emily Zadoretzky

is an eco-conscious sustainable artist, designer and writer interested in examining themes of deep ecology, kinship, and the interconnectedness of humans with each other and with all other beings of this earth.Her practice is an exploration and a meditation centered around the possibilities of working with respectfully gathered, plant-based materials, often through a circular system of sowing, growing, harvesting, and hand processing plants as pigments and fibers for use in a variety of forms and applications.Through her practice and process, Emily investigates spiritual and philosophical curiosities, psychic landscapes and liminal spaces, and how physical and conceptual boundaries simultaneously unify and separate people, cultures, and environments.

Kiara Aileen Machado

Kiara Aileen Machado is a contemporary artist born in Lynwood who depicts and explores the construction of identity, femininity, and culture in her work. Her work centers around the importance and complexities of intersecting identities due to migration and forced displacement. She identifies as Central American, as her mother is from Guatemala, her father is from El Salvador and her great grandmother was from Honduras. Through this cultural framework, her work brings into question the absence and exclusion of Central American folx from mainstream u.s. and Latin(x)(e) narratives. Fueled by frustration due to the lack of inclusion and microaggressions caused by white institutions, she is proud to be able to create paintings that serve as documentation of the diaspora that go beyond their [Central American] trauma. Despite all the atrocities they have and continue to endure, she wants to express the beauty of the culture and the continuing resilience and will to survive and thrive. 
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing from California State University Long Beach. Her artwork has been seen in museums and galleries across the united states and has begun to show internationally including, Florence, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, and San Salvador.

Jenny Wechter

is a blues-folk musician devoted to earth healing. Born and raised in the borderlands of El Paso, TX, Jenny’s compositions explore identity, interconnection, and existential meaning. Jenny’s ongoing work in climate and food justice informs her art and activism. From songs about the hands who sew the garments on our bodies, to remembering the seasonality of fruit, to cherishing the simple things in life, Jenny’s lyrics inspire deep contemplation, gratitude, and devotion. She hopes her songs uplift listeners to remember what’s important, commit to the path of healing and connective coexistence, and find joy in our dancing, loving bodies in time. 

Teddy Stjarne

is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working with sculpture, illustration, and printmaking. Transitioning from being a hobbyist for decades, he made a deliberate choice to dedicate substantial time to his art, valuing creativity as seriously as any other profession.

His focus lies in elevating the ordinary into whimsical expressions, advocating for curiosity and play as daily rituals. His art invites interaction and participation, intentionally blurring the boundaries between art and craft, turning the mundane into something magical.