Katarina Wong is the ARAD Program Manager. She brings a wide-range of arts experience to the job, including teaching studio art at the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College and launching her art consultancy MADE in 2014, which seeks to help new collectors discover emerging contemporary artists. Prior to MADE, Katarina was the director of community and curatorial engagement and in-house curator at Edelman, the global communications agency. In addition, Katarina is a practicing artist and Co-founder of the artist collective +1+1. She is also on the Advisory Board of NURTUREart, a Bushwick-based non-profit dedicated to supporting artists and public school art programs. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland, a Master of Theological Studies in Buddhism from the Harvard Divinity School, and Bachelor's degree from St. John's College, Annapolis, MD.
Alia Juman is an ARAD Program Assistant. Alia is pursuing an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching with the intention of creating content and being an instructor for young womens leadership programs. Alia practices living mindfully and is committed to building inner character each day. She has experience in the non-profit education sector leading programs for young women of color around leadership, confidence and wellness. Alia dreams of being an inspirational speaker and inspiring others to live their best lives. Alia is a lover of the sunshine and enjoys being connected to nature. She grew up in South Florida climbing trees, playing with insects and gardening. Alia holds a B.S. in Biology and is a science worm at heart.
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Social Media Coordinator
Caitlin Green is a first year Arts Administration graduate student and ARAD’s social media coordinator. She graduated from Villanova University in 2011 where she majored in English. Shortly after graduating, she began working at the National Endowment for the Humanities, primarily in NEH’s Office of Congressional Affairs.
Professional Development Coordinator
Erika is a Black feminist Pushcart Prize nominated poet-turned-playwright, educator and grassroots organizer from Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining the ARAD team, Erika served as the Assistant Executive Director of Black Women's Blueprint. While pursuing her Master of Arts in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary, she founded The Love Well Series, a citywide monthly teach-in for faith leaders designed to foster education about social injustice in an American context. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English Secondary Education with a certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she founded the For Colored Girls Project, Madison’s first and only women of color theater company, for which she served as Artistic Director from 2010–2013.
As a former classroom teacher and Education Specialist, Erika has implemented culturally savvy pedagogical practices in metropolitan area schools and community centers across the nation and in Cape Town, South Africa. She has also designed theater-based creative action curricula for various arts organizations, including People’s Theatre Project. Erika is The Lark’s 2018 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow, an associate organizer with the #LetUsBreatheCollective, and an artistic associate of Black Lives, Black Words International Project.
Erika's office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9-4pm in ZB413.