- Timothy Lomas
- Corey Burchman
- Clamra Celestin
- Donna Sylvester
- Jill Kring Carter
- Ken Wong
- Ayesha Rabadi-Raol
imothy Lomas, Co-Founder and President of Global Children’s Art Programme, Artist and Educator
Timothy Lomas, BFA, is an artist, and art educator in New York City. A multiple Fulbright/Hays grant recipient Timothy is renowned internationally as an ambassador of inclusion education in the arts. his strengths include Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and Ceramics. Beyond his formal education as an Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Major from Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia), Temple University Abroad (Italy), and Parsons School of Design (New York), Timothy has taught students from preschool and formal K-12 programs, to adults and the elderly. “Passing along the light of creativity to others has always been a part of my artistic journey.” He brings to the board a list of GCAP mission specific philanthropic and humanitarian experience, including:
CHILDREN’S MANDALA MURAL FOR PEACE PROJECT
Global art event for children to promote peace and understanding between students from different cultures.
PHUKET PROJECT, Thailand (2005)
Provided humanitarian relief effort for Tsunami survivors in Thailand. Involved as a volunteer laying foundations for new homes and providing art workshops in the relief camps.
ORPHAN PROFILES PROJECT, Thailand (2005)
Co-Founder of this humanitarian effort photographing and documenting stories of children severely affected by the tsunami in order to find sponsorship for their education.
AFTER THE WAVE (2005)
Created a fund-raising exhibition in New York City of photography of and drawings by children survivors of the tsunami.
GLOBAL FRIENDSHIP: FROM 3RD STREET TO PHNOM PENH (2008)
Created an art exchange exhibition between the students of 3rd Street Music School Settlement (New York) and The Reyum Art Institute in Phnom Penh, consisting of a mural of self portraits and a series of paintings on the theme of “Life In My City”.
“ART WITHOUT LIMITS” (2014) Art workshops throughout Greece in an inclusion setting with a culminating art exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. Their first art exhibition for students in an inclusion setting,
orey Burchman, Co-Founder Global Children’s Art Programme
Corey Burchman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School, in Hanover, NH. He is actively involved in teaching residents, medical research, and administering clinical care. He has been involved in humanitarian medical care for most of his adult life, primarily in South America, and most recently, Southeast Asia.
A US Navy veteran, Dr. Burchman has traveled extensively throughout lesser-developed countries. He conceived the notion of a global children’s art venture over 20 years ago while in east Africa. He found that children, from all parts of the world, are the keenest observers of life, often unencumbered by constraints of cultural differences, socioeconomic status, and convention. His love, respect, and appreciation of art as an expressive medium is matched by his desire to bring art instruction to children. Through their expression, the world possibly can be made a better place. He is both a serious poet and writer; engaged in decades of creative writing and painting workshops from high school in Maryland, through college in upstate New York while at Cornell, and then as a medical resident at Harvard. His hobbies are numerous, but include the alchemy of brewing beer, blue-water sailing, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors in every season.
lamra Celestin, Vice President
Clamra Celestin, Vice-President, Global Children’s Art ProgrammeBorn in Kindiri, ChadEducated (Primary- High School) Jesuit School in Chad.Institute Superieur de Gestion, BFA. Emphasis on economics, finance management, and strategic planning, Tokyo, Japan.Universite de Paris VIII, Science of Education with an emphasis in anthropology, psychology, and intercultural relationships.Golden Gate University, SF, MBA, Emphasis in international business, including studies of diverse financial, cultural, economic and political environments.
Celestin promoted and coordinated funds and medications in France for leprosy patients in Calcutta with the Mother Theresa Foundation.
Celestin is the co-founder of the École Communautaire de Kindiri, Chad (School for primary education). He is the author of “Fils du Ciel – De Kindiri á Manhattan”
Currently Celestin is a collector and dealer of African art and a contributing writer for the African Tribal Magazine. He lives in Manhattan and Paris, and makes frequent visits to Chad.
The art of Donna Sylvester, MFA, is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections. Beyond her art, her deeply held values around creativity as essential human birthright have led her to share her vision through ‘experiential creative process’ workshops around the US, and in various organizational capacities. Sylvester is a founding board member of Transformational Energetic Arts, an NPO in New York City celebrating egalitarian community through music, movement and art.
A long time community arts activist, she has served on the board and as board president for YorkArts, a York Pennsylvania not-for-profit arts education organization, dedicated to supporting the arts as a central part of the community through its outreach programs, free art gallery exhibits and children’s art education programs. One of the many programs of YorkArts is ArtReach!, which, in collaboration with York Housing Authority, volunteers and staff work with at-risk children to provide opportunities for creative and safe self-expression through art. Currently, she serves as acting curator of the ‘ART+ Industry’ exhibit with YorkArts, a collaborative between multimedia artists and local industry.
Sylvester brings mission specific values, and commitment as an artist to the Board of Directors. In addition, she offers insight into the challenges that lay ahead in a newly established NPO in the arts, which will help insure our ability as a board to deliver on our mission, now and in the future.
ill Kring Carter
Over the past 30 years, Jill has worked in executive level management, and as a writer, consultant and entrepreneur in the non-Profit, Dental, and Medical arenas. Jill volunteers regularly with local, national and international charities, and has been involved in numerous 501c3 nonProfits as founding board member, board advisor, and consultant.
When asked to join the founding efforts with GCAP, she did not hesitate. Her daughters lives and education had been tremendously enhanced by a gifted elementary school art teacher, thus she was keenly aware of the gift of art in a child’s life.
In early GCAP development stages, Jill penned the text on the landing page of the website for GCAP under “The Universal Language of Art,” and “The Many Advantages of Artistic Expression for Children.”
Jill Kring Carter, Partner
en Wong, Advisory Board Member
KEN WONG is the Founder and Executive Director of The Face-to-Face Project, which he started in 2004. He previously worked as a documentary photographer and production manager of art books at Little, Brown & Company, Princeton University Press, and Yale University Press. Originally from Oberlin, Ohio, he is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
yesha Rabadi-Raol, Advisory Board Member
Ayesha Rabadi-Raol is a doctoral student in the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed. D) degree in teacher Education.
Originally from India, Ayesha has a background in commercial art with a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Art) from the J.J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai, India. She has over 16 years of experience working with young children. A strong proponent of multicultural education, especially in early childhood, Ayesha has been actively involved with the Global Children’s Art Programme since 2015. She is dedicated to creating more opportunities for artistic expression and culturally relevant practices for children.
Ayesha’s research interests include disrupting standardized systems to question the power and knowledge hierarchies in the education system based on race, language, and culture. She is currently working with her professor and mentor Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning on a critical review of ‘quality’ in early childhood education. Her dissertation interests are on the topic: Teachers of Color and the edTPA (a standardized Teacher Performance Assessment). She is also challenging the idea of what progressive education means and the demographics it serves.
Ayesha has received numerous prestigious scholarships and awards in India and the U.S. including the Impact Award from the Girl Scouts, the J.N. Tata Scholarship, the Rita Gold Doctoral Fellowship, the Harry & Shirley Passow Fellowship, and the Vakhshoori Scholarship among others.
In working with The Global Children’s Art Programme Ayesha hopes to engage educators and like-minded people to establish an equitable and creative educational environment. Our workshop in India (2016) was a great success, where we worked with Ayesha in two schools: 1) An urban school in Mumbai city, and 2) A rural school in Partavdi village. She conducted a Madhubani (Indian folk art) workshop, through which the children created masterpieces in black and white.