Our Team

Our Staff

Asiyah Kurtz


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.

luisa badaracco


Originally from Brookline, MA, Luisa grew up performing with her public school-based arts group in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center alongside artists including Celine Dion, Roberta Flack, and Yo-Yo Ma. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied theater and journalism, performed in the sketch comedy group Out da Box.

In addition to acting in films, commercials, the occasional stage production, and voiceovers, she has worked in public relations and development, including most recently with the Catholic ministry of Columbia University.

Cassie MACDonald


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.

Hope Mead


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.

Our Board