Asiyah is an applied anthropologist and researcher in the field of cultural sustainability. A self-taught quilter, she is accustomed to taking seemingly disparate items and weaving them together to identify solutions that address macro-issues.
She leads Camden FireWorks using a lens that centers the Camden artistic community as one with agency, talent, and the ability to create their cultural future on their own terms.
Cassie MacDonald has been a resident of the Waterfront South neighborhood since 2008. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado and a J.D. with an Environmental Certificate at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
As one of the local team who conceived Camden FireWorks, she has been active in every phase of its development and served as the organization’s first President before taking on her current role of Program Coordinator.
Cassie is a poet and the resident Hearthkeeper of Brigid’s House, a writing arts collective where she hosts writing groups and readings and organizes community art projects, including a series of poetry murals, the Riverline Mobile Open Mic and the community’s first poetry-centered Book Ark.
Hope Mead is a 3rd generation potter and educator living and working in Camden, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Messiah College.
She has been working in clay since her childhood but began to throw on the wheel more seriously in her Junior year at Messiah College and has been hooked ever since. In addition to creating items for her business, Works of Hope, she teaches ceramics from her own studio here at FireWorks.
Hope believes in creating opportunities for all people to express themselves and to find joy in working with clay.