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.
Hope 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.
Jazlyne is a teaching artist in New Jersey. She has had a love for the arts and education since childhood. She received a Bachelor’s in Art from the prestigious HBCU, Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Art Education from Boston University.
In addition to managing her own career as a professional artist, she has taught both English and Spanish speaking students Visual Art, with the majority of her teaching experience in Camden, NJ. She currently serves as the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Liaison for the National Art Educators Association and Art Educators of New Jersey, as well as the Youth Art Month chair for Camden and Burlington County.
Born in Woodbury, NJ, Jennica is a passionate artist who recently graduated from Rutgers University – Camden with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. For her senior thesis, she presented a series of works in Rutgers’ Stedman Gallery and received two academic awards.
Jennica is looking to further her education in a graduate program so that she can eventually teach college level courses. She hopes to educate others in the importance of artistic expression, creative freedom, and experimentation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Askia Ahmad, Treasurer
Mark Frombach, Vice President
Dr. Susan Stukes, President
Melissa Thompson, Secretary
Dr. Nathaniel Wright