THE KIDS CREATIVE TEAM
Our Kids Creative teachers have many years of experience working with children of diverse backgrounds in a number of different artistic media. Our staff has taught at schools all over New York City and the World. We have performed with shows in venues around the US, including the PNC Bank Arts Center, Symphony Space, Central Park's Summer Stage, Sea World, and Disney Land and in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin and more. Kids Creative was founded by members of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, voted best Kids Band by Time Out NY and regulars on Nick Jr.!
FINDING THE RIGHT TEAM
To find the most qualified staff for our programs, Kids Creative has a rigorous screening process to ensure all employees share our creative and educational mission and are unwaveringly committed to the safety of our students. This process includes multiple interviews, a reference check and background checks from the NY Department of Health. During the vetting process, each employee is made fully aware of Kids Creative’s policies and procedures, as well as the high standard of safety, supervision and instruction that is expected of Kids Creative employees. If hired, teachers and staff undergo regular trainings and performance evaluations to review procedures and rules. As part of our commitment to protecting the physical and emotional safety of our students, Kids Creative regularly reviews its procedures to ensure that we incorporate best practices in hiring, training and evaluating our staff.
MEET THE STAFF
Adam Jacobs, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Kids Creative: Adam founded Kids Creative with his brother Stephen in 2000 when he was still in college. Starting as a summer camp where 12 kids wrote a play, Adam has worked to make Kids Creative a premier arts and peace education organization in New York City, bringing arts and academic programs to almost 2,000 youth annually through summer camps, after school programs and workshops. Adam has an undergraduate degree in International Politics and a Masters degree in Peace Education, both from Columbia University. He is a sought-after thinker in the intersection of conflict resolution and the arts, giving talks and workshops at Columbia University, Vassar College, The Peace and Justice Studies Conference and The University of Istanbul. He was a founding member of PS 536, a progressive elementary school in the Bronx and has been quoted in such publications as The Daily News, CBS News and El Diario. He is also Mr. Clown, a lead performer in the internationally acclaimed rock group for kids, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and was a regular on Nick Jr. and Chuck E Cheese TV. Adam originally hails from Minnesota (the Minnesota Twins are his favorite team EVER!!!).
Gyana Mella is our Education Director
Kimani Wood, Site Director, Rock 2 the Bronx
Nicole Banks, Site Director, P.S. 191
Naima Lewis, Program Coordinator
Jason Roberts, Program Coordinator
Jessica Somerville, Art Specialist
Ebban Maeda, Music Specialist
Lawrence Bentine, Set Design Specialist and Aquatics Supervisor
Chad Champen, Theater Specialist