Anastasia Arnold (Director) is a trans-disciplinary artist and educator. As a former public school classroom and K-12 resource teacher, Ms. Arnold brings expertise in teaching, curriculum writing, and project management to the CAC. She has spearheaded educational and institutional outreach programs as well as executive producing several NIH funded documentary films. Having lived nine lives, Ms Arnold also owned and operated a catering business for five years creating one of a kind events. Ms Arnold's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited locally and nationally.
Emily Romeo (Administrative Assistant) Emily was thrilled to join the fabulous CAC team in December 2013 when she began working for Towson University. As a dancer, she has always had a passion for the arts. Emily began her dance training in her home city of New Rochelle, NY, and continued to pursue her passion through her studies at Muhlenberg College. Upon graduation, Emily decided to share her enthusiasm for the arts through teaching dance. She's taught in New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, in addition to being a co-founder of a youth community dance program in New York. She continues to teach dance at a studio in Baltimore County and performs with a local dance troupe. Emily is also fortunate to have the opportunity to incorporate her dance training into CAC staff development programs. In fall 2014, Emily began her graduate studies at the University of Baltimore to pursue her Masters in Business Administration. It is her goal to continue down a career path that combines her love of the arts with the world of business.
Marie Amegah Marie is a general assistant at the CAC and a summer camp counselor. She is currently an undergrad at Towson University who is studying Art + Design with a concentration in painting. She is highly interested in fine art, curating, museum work, and involving communities in the arts. Working with the CAC has been extremely beneficial and enjoyable for Marie, as she has learned an ample amount of new skills related to planning and teaching children. It has been fulfilling for her to engage students and families in art processes and projects.
Melanie Bulavinetz is a Maryland artist studying at Towson University. She will be graduating in May 2016 with a double major in Fine Arts and Art Education. As a teacher for the Community Art Center, Melanie has been inspired to continue educating students in fine arts and art history. She has co-taught a weekend ceramics class to elementary school students, as well as teaching a drawing course. In addition, she has worked as a counselor for the CAC Summer Art Camp and participated in organizing and installing a student art exhibition. She is currently working on designing a community art installation at the Delaware Center for a contemporary Art. Because of her experiences with the CAC, she is now a docent at the American Visionary Art Museum and hopes to continue working in the educational area of art museums.
Evan Draine works on the marketing and advertising of the Community Art Center. His duties consist of: updating the Facebook and Instagram pages, promoting the center, and helping wherever necessary. He has assisted setting up and manning a couple Family Art Days. Evan is from Elkton, Maryland, and transferred to Towson University from Cecil College just this semester. Evan is duel majoring in elementary and special education. After graduating from Towson University, he plans to join the Peace Corps for a couple of years and then return home to figure out his long-term future. As Evan recently transferred, he does not have much experience with the Community Art Center here at Towson University. However, he plans on being as involved as possible and leaving a lastly positive impact.
Peter Eide, who is a figurative artist and educator based in New Windsor, Maryland. Eide holds a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Inter-disciplinary Studio Art at Towson University with concentrations in painting and digital animation. Since finishing his education, Eide has had solo presentations of his paintings in Baltimore (Freddy Gallery) and New York (James Fuentes Gallery). Along with teaching a variety of courses at the CAC throughout the school year and in the summer, Eide is also an Adjunct Instructor of art history, drawing, and painting at Carroll Community College. Eide enjoys teaching at the CAC for the opportunity to work many talented students, and hopes to continue developing new and enriching classes in the future.
Sarah Eargle started working for the CAC when she entered the MFA program at Towson University in 2013. Prior to graduate school Sarah had worked as an art educator full time and although she left that job to pursue her master’s degree, it was important for her to stay active in the classroom. She currently teaches ceramics during the school year and sculpture during the summer. In the past, she has also taught The Young Artists Workshop. Second to the students, one of the things she enjoys most about working for the CAC is the support she receives from her fellow teachers and staff. This is particularly true during the summer they are all spending long days together, exchanging ideas and offering feedback. It is no wonder it is called the "community" art center. Although Sarah will be graduating in the spring of 2016, she hopes to continue working for the CAC in addition to returning to art education full time. Sarah is confident that the skills and experience she has gained by working for the CAC will help her as she pursues her future career goals.
Brooke Leahy is a future art educator, a passionate outdoors woman, and an artist at heart. She will be graduating from Towson University in May 2016 with a double major in Art Education and General Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. As Director of Trinity Summer Camp's Art Department, volunteer Trip Leader at Towson University's Outdoor Adventures Program, and a recent intern at the Walters Art Museum, Brooke has been able to share her joy of art and nature with the communities of Ellicott City, Towson, and Baltimore. She is thrilled to explore new opportunities to unite art and the community at the DCCA.