Khadijah Frye, Community-Minded Cinematographer

Khadijah is an aspiring film artist from the D.C. Area who was surrounded by art all her life. Experienced in many forms of art, whether it’s illustrating, painting, or photography, Khadijah’s long term dream has always been to delve into the art form that is cinematography and performance art. Living in the Nation’s Capital has given her an open mind …

Angela Cruz, Expressive Ideator

‘Earth without art is eh,’ is a statement that strongly influences my perspective on artwork. Being surrounded by creatively inclined individuals growing up, the limitations on the type of media I used were boundless; as long as it could be utilized creatively to produce artwork that conveys a story or message and interacts with the audience. At a young age, …

Jadyn Covington, Multidisciplinary Maven

Jadyn Covington is an artist out of DC with her creativity in multiple mediums, some you may not have heard of. Starting with simple doodles in in middle school, she moved on to watercolor on canvas and character designs in sketchbooks. She eventually found herself in the Museum Studies Department at Duke Ellington. She has worked on several mosaic pieces, …

Jada Batts, Afrofuturist Illustrator

“What is Afrofuturism? Afro futurism is the stylized idea of what the future will be like for black people. I’ve permanently incorporated this theme into my art. My preferred medium is a digital program or alcohol markers on paper. My style of work is important to me because I wish I had seen more examples that I could set a …

Atiqa Khan, Instinctual Embroiderer

Art offers an outlet for self-expression. There are things that I cannot say out loud, I can express that in art. It turns our thoughts into a code language where people with similar experiences can interpret what an artist is trying to communicate. Most of my work is pattern-based, which I derive from my love for embroidery. The smallest of …

Rafael Rodriguez, Justice Painter

Rafael was born in Santa Rosa de Lima, a small town in El Salvador, and raised between the villages Copetillo y La Joya. He went to the schools in Canton Copetillo Caserio La Ermita and Canton La Joya. In 2013, Rafael moved to the United States so that he could find a safe place far from violence. He arrived in …

Madeline Hook, Imaginative Powerhouse

“My art is a bridge between the unconscious and the physical world. I use oil based pencils to create vibrant, dream like images, filled with clouds, vines, and abstract forms twisting into familiar faces and shapes. My art often spills into the world around me, out the boundaries of paper and paint. I want to create a society that integrates …

Artist Advocate Position Description

An Artist Advocate, with our Design Your Future program, is an empowering, knowledgeable, resourceful, adult volunteer who serves as a support and trusted confidant to an Emerging Artist on our Studio Crew.  The Advocate helps to ensure that the Emerging Artist develops important academic, professional and life skills, is exposed to a network of opportunities and a wide array of …

Justin Walker, Creative Technologist

Justin is an artist born in Fairfax, Virginia and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. “I have a particular focus on illustration, film direction, graphic design and music. I enjoy creating so much, that it doesn’t matter which medium it is; different forms of art being used in conjunction is a process that I tend to be enthusiastic about. I aspire …

‘Freedom: Art as the Messenger’ now on at Cato Institute

by Sophie Mindes

“It’s hard to be individual.” These words, printed across the staircase at the Cato Institute, encompass some of the themes of the organization’s upcoming art exhibit, Freedom: Art as the Messenger. Through a blind jury process, curators Harriet Lesser and June Linowitz narrowed a selection of over 2,000 submissions of art down to just 90 pieces from 76 artists.