Chloe Rasmuson, Management Fellow

Chloe Rasmuson is a Washington DC native. After graduating high school, she left the DMV area to learn and travel for several years. Since returning to DC, Chloe has had diverse professional experience working with children, from coaching youth soccer to working at an elementary school as a paraeducator. She discovered her passion for teaching while living in Danang, Vietnam …

Austin Hill, Management Fellow (VISTA)

Austin Hill is an advocate for artistic pursuits, peer-to-peer empowerment, sustainability, and social justice. Originally from Canton, NC, Austin moved to the DMV following his college graduation to begin his year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. At Wake Forest University, he studied psychology and studio art, with keen artistic interest in printmaking and oil painting. At Arts on the Block, …

Serena Feingold, Management Fellow

Serena Faye Feingold is a craftswoman and community artist who works primarily in ceramics, painting, metal, and performance. She was raised in a colorful, lively, Jewish household full of lyrical prayer and decorative objects and would spend hours in her Grandmother’s studio, painting by her side and playing with broken Italian ceramics and old Czech puppets. As she grew into …

Edwin Henriquez, Opportunistic Graffiti-Artist

I am Edwin Henriquez. My artistic style of choice is graffiti and drawing. My goal is to go to Montgomery College and figure out what I want to do in life. And meet more artistic people so I can progress as a young artist. All I want to gain from this experience is to gain more opportunities.

Kalil Hunter, Multimedia Activist

Whether it be through photography, video, graphic design, or illustration, one common thing is that I try to make a little say a lot.I find that if I’m not using my art to communicate some sort of message that I feel is either personally important to me or important to discuss in general, then it’s used as a form of …

Shantisa Brooks, Grounded Inspirer

I want to inspired and encourage other artists to grow. I wish to give advice to not get stuck in your art. Reminding them that there is always room to grow. The only key you need is to know to trust in our artist instinct. Never give it up and even if you stray, you can always start to sprout …

Zamé Johnson, Visual Historian

My visuals and films represent history unrolling as an unyielding reel of living art in its struggle. The forging of identity through the constant movement of the time and space. Art has been the medium that allows me to express and articulate both abstract and concrete elements of thought. Collecting oral histories and traditions from elders is a process of …

Ruqayyah Aakil, Emerging Photographer

Hi my name is Ruqayyah Aakil, i’m 18 years old and I am studio crew at Arts On The Block. My main form of art is photography, but and I also love making mosaics. The satisfaction you get from completing a mosaic is like nothing else. I joined Arts On The Block to keep my creative side open, and thrive …

Candida Henriquez, Competitive Culturist

I do art because since I was about five my older sister and I always competed with each other to see who can draw better. My mother used to tell me to keep trying and that’s what I did. My family enjoyed when I did pictures for them. I also enjoyed every art contest I participated in elementary school because …

Julia Thompson, Social Designer

I’m an English major who enjoys creating digital art. I wanted to intern at Arts on the Block to be a part of helping youth reach their creative potential in an interactive studio environment. As a communications intern for Arts on the Block, I continue to gain experience in social media and web design, while learning more about community art …