Who We Are
Sean Keelan is a practicing Community Artist, teacher, and founding member of Oak Hill. Outside of Oak Hill C.E.C., as a Senior National Trainer for the national non-profit Playworks Sean guides school districts and youth serving organizations through the development, management, and sustainability of healthy play. Traveling throughout the country Sean supports groups of adults in realizing the value of play and its impact on the social and emotional development of youth and communities. Sean completed his Masters of Art in Community Art in the program’s inaugural class. Sean has worked with Baltimore City non-profits that include the Family League of Baltimore City, The After School Institute, Wide Angle Youth Media, and the Hampden Family Center.
Ashley Hufnagel is an organizer, educator, and cultural producer from New Orleans. In 2002 she moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. Increasingly disillusioned with art-making, especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she turned to grassroots organizing, and has been involved in anti-poverty movement building for nearly a decade. She was a leadership organizer with the United Workers from 2006-2012 and is a founding member of Oak Hill. She is currently a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Maryland, and a part of a growing call for a new Poor People’s Campaign for Today.
Nick Petr is a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He grew up in Baltimore and Southern Pennsylvania and has a background in industrial design, architecture, sculpture, and social activism. He received a BFA in General Sculptural Studies at MICA. His work explores the role of art making and cultural production in education and in social movement building. He is a co-founder of the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture and currently teaches sculpture at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Priya Bhayana is a community organizer and arts administrator and a founding member of Oak Hill. She recently served as the inaugural director of the Bromo Arts District, where she supported, promoted and facilitated arts programming in Downtown Baltimore, with a focus on cultural equity and advocacy. A native Marylander, Priya briefly lived in Chicago before returning to the state to work as a community organizer in Baltimore. She thrn worked at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) supporting the college's community-based art and design initiatives. In October 2014, Priya was named a Young Cultural Innovator by the international social change organization, Salzburg Global Forum. Priya holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Sergio España has lived in Baltimore for the past decade after growing up in Los Angeles and Guatemala. He has been involved in supporting the mission of the Student Farmworker Alliance since 2008. Since then, Sergio has also worked alongside veterans and military family members nationwide, helping them share their stories and experiences with the civilian community in an effort to promote transformative healing and directly challenge militarism. Sergio has also worked with hundreds of community members and doctors across Maryland in a grassroots campaign highlighting the fundamental human right to healthcare and the ongoing inequalities and health injustices facing tens of thousands of immigrants and other Marylanders throughout the state. Sergio has worked directly with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Student Farmworker Alliance, and Baltimore's own United Workers.
Tanya Garcia is a community artist, organizer, and storyteller. She is a graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA in Community Arts program and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. As a 2014 recipient of the Deutsch Fellowship, Tanya works with The Creative Alliance as a Community Arts Fellow, developing programing and independent projects that engage with diverse groups. As part of her fellowship, she is creating an exhibition documenting stories by unaccompanied immigrant youth living in Baltimore, MD who were, under various extreme circumstances, forced to flee their homes in Central America.
Greg Rosenthal is a human rights educator and yogi. He works to bring together community organizing and mindfulness practices to build sustainable and holistic leadership and social change. Greg has been engaged in community organizing and human rights education for 10 years, working around farmworker justice, peace and justice movements, anti-war veterans, and poor people's movements.
Markele Cullins is a Baltimore based artist working towards his BFA in Graphic Design and Culture and Politics at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Markele's art is about different socio-political issues as well as history, a way to express internalized conflicts dealing with his own identity. His pieces often revolve around Black and LGBTQ culture an conflicts. Using a mix of different mediums and approaches, Markele attempts to directly and symbolically tackle these issues that are often not brought up in mainstream media.
Jessica Douglas is an archivist and public historian at the Maryland State Archives. A nearly-lifelong native of Baltimore, she began working with shelters and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn while studying at Fordham University. With a focus on the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as the Civil War and the Reconstruction era in the United States, Jessica researched modern civil rights and revolutionary movements in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Fordham in 2012. Since then, she has worked with community organizations, nonprofits, schools, and libraries in Maryland and New York to establish and maintain archives, assist with curricula and projects on local history and teach the power of public information.
Tannaz Motevalli is an artist born in Baltimore, Maryland and currently living in Chicago, studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artistic practice primarily includes experimentation with performance, writing, bookmaking, and curation. As a solo artist her work attempts to engage the performative presence of disembodiment and absence through a feminist lens. She is also the co-creator and co-publisher of To:__ From:__, an artist publication exploring and expanding the field of correspondence art through performative curatorial gestures in modern-day communication.
Lynn Hunter is a Baltimore native currently working towards a BFA in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA.) Her photography, recently driven by a passionate awareness for social politics, black womanhood, and mental well-being, speaks to a pervasive millennial conversation on race and minority perception in America. Lynn Hunter's presence as a local artist has grown out of a commitment to her Baltimore community. Since an early arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts, she has made photographs for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, the University of Baltimore, and MICA. She has shown at local creative centers like the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Centerstage, and Baltimore Clayworks.
Kevin James is a community organizer and a revolutionary hip hop artist. Over the years he's participated in the movement for human rights in terms of the fight for a living wage, equal access to quality education, healthcare, immigrant rights, anti-war, anti-death penalty, Palestine solidarity, right to housing, and Black Lives Matter. A former Baltimore high school teacher and volunteer paramedic, he's used his skills to educate, empower, entertain, and to heal.