Diwa Tamrong (Founder/Educator)
Diwa grew up in Minneapolis, MN and moved to New York City in the fall of 2006 for art school. In the spring and summer of 2009, she lived on a farm on Kauai, HI and traveled around Southeast Asia. During that period she grew a strong appreciation for cooking, sustainable agriculture, and educating future generations about the importance of both. Since then she has both made work and lead workshops relating to food education and human's relationship to nature. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY as a teaching artist and enjoys spreading her love of cooking, fermentation, and art making.
Heather Kramer (Founder/Educator)
Heather grew up in a suburb of seattle learning to appreciate rain. Upon following her desire of becoming a filmmaker to New York University she expanded her talents by focusing on Set Design and the transformation of spaces. After working as a camp counselor at Beam Camp (an art and building camp) she found that working with children and their imaginations were the best ingredients for art and exploration. She currently resides in Rockaway where she continues to explore with children through the magical mystical Arts in Parts.
Cecilia de Corral (Founder/Educator)
Cecilia has been making things since she was very young. She is now an artist working in New York. Her work focuses primarily on traditional textile craft techniques: sewing, weaving, quilting, embroidery. Her hope is to hand these same techniques down to kids so they can further their understanding of the way in which things are made, and heighten their appreciation for their everyday surroundings. By being involved in the process of making, even of the mundane, we can develop a new sense independence. :)
Chris Martin (Founder)
Hailing from the mid-west Chris created a personalized degree in Sustainable Community Ecology, from Ohio University. He then set sail for Alaska, where he found a home between the sea and the mountains. In 2012 he left the Pacific Northwest to pursue a life on an Organic farm in the Hudson Valley. He now resides in the Rockaways where he spends his days surfing, creating art, and teaching NYC youth about rooftop farming. Chris cherishes being outside in the natural world and seeks inspiration from its wild complexities.
Marymichael D'Onofrio (Facility Operator)
Marymichael graduated from NYU's Tisch school of the Arts in 2007. She has spent the past 5 years working in the film industry as an Assistant Director, organizing on set logistics for a number of feature films and network television series. She has made a name for herself amongst her peers as a tireless box checker and is now applying these skills at Arts in Parts, a project she thinks really matters. With a deep love for chickens and the super power of untying impossible knots she is excited to be a part of rebuilding the Rockaway community.
Amanda Duncan (Summer Explorers League Director)
Amanda comes to Arts in Parts from Portland, Oregon where she grew up and later attended college at Portland State University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in social science, Amanda followed her heart back to a program called Outdoor School that she had attended in sixth grade, and later volunteered for in high school. Since 2006, she has worked seasonally for the program teaching kids about ecology, mentoring high school students to be teachers and leaders, and being professionally silly in the forests that surround Portland. More recently, with the help of a grant and some local artists, Amanda was able to implement some elements of art into her science curriculum and saw it strengthen kids' engagement and understanding in a big way. The invitation to lend her love of teaching and general camp know-how to Arts in Parts this summer was too perfect to turn down.
Sophie Gelle (Assistant Educator)
Sophie began her work with Arts in Parts as our Summer Explorer's League 2013 Artist in Resident. She continues to be an indispensible part of our team.