With a background in non-profit management, strategic planning and communications, Holly Jacobson joined Path with Art in 2013 to help steer its next phase of growth. Holly’s professional background spans both for- and non-profit institutions. She has created strategic marketing and product solutions for Microsoft, The City of Seattle, The Seattle International Film Festival and other entertainment and education products. In 2003, Holly founded Voter Action, a national non-profit organization with the aim to secure accurate election systems. Voter Action led a national effort to develop reliable and fair voting practices which helped improve access and standards across the country. Having studied film at San Francisco State University, and worked as a director in both documentary and commercial filmmaking, Holly’s current favorite creative expression is cooking with family and friends. She is the proud mom of three (mostly grown) children.
Sheeka Arbuthnot is passionately committed to culture and the arts as functions of a progressive society. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with local and international artists and organizations that effect positive change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked as Curator & Assistant Director of a thirty year old non-profit arts organization in San Francisco. Her interests have focused on feminist art movements, contemporary Cuban art, and urban transformation. She received a BA in Art History from Mills College and a MA in Art History from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Kate holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts from University of Redlands where she double majored in Fine Art and Anthropology. She studied Italian art and culture in Florence, Italy and studied Mexican art and culture in Central Mexico. In the field of social work she has worked as a wraparound facilitator, a case manager, and a hospital social worker.
Student Community Manager
Nichole is deeply passionate about the transformative power of the arts: not only do they knit together stronger, more empathetic communities, but they also provide space to process our experiences and imagine a more just future. Nichole has a decade of experience working with nonprofits that elevate and amplify the voices and abilities of individuals from a diverse array of communities; most recently, she worked with an organization that provides accessible creative writing programs for young people across the Puget Sound region. She has a background in trauma-informed education and racial equity consulting, and received her B.A. in English Literature and Ethnic Studies from Lawrence University. When she’s not working, she can be found reading poetry, propagating plants, and cuddling with her dog.
Community Engagement Manager
Makayla believes deeply in the transformative power of creativity, and wants to help cultivate a society that values social justice and solidarity. She graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina, where she studied English and Health Sciences. She has worked with food justice and environmental organizations, and is a passionate writer, visual arts tinkerer, and outdoor explorer.
Interim Student Community Manager
Sofiya is currently pursuing her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University. She spent the last few years working in social service and nonprofit sectors, focusing primarily on the design, facilitation and evaluation of programs that channel the arts into tools for supporting mental health and empowering the voices of traditionally marginalized populations. She is a passionate interdisciplinary artist and dancer, who appreciates observing the transformational power of creativity in communities.
Jackie is attending the University of Washington to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Painting and Drawing and Art History. She has a passion for social change and a professional history working with different non-profits in Seattle. She believes that most artists are not born great, but are created through passion and education. Her interests are in the arts, primarily literature and with Greek, Renaissance, and Modern art.
Arthur strives to break the arts out of the “extracurricular” designation they have been confined to. Instead, he believes, “the arts should be centered at every level of society as they allow us to communicate often paradoxical, contradictory, and complicated truths about our human experiences, especially as they are related to trauma”. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya, raised in Frankfurt, Germany and recently graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is excited to experience Seattle’s story, both through engaging the city’s rich art history, and through his work with members of the Path with Art community.
Music & Performance Coordinator
J.J. came to Seattle as an AmeriCorps volunteer with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and his professional career includes curating the Daybreak Star Art Gallery, video editing for Seattle Children’s Hospital and case managing at Plymouth Housing Group. While at Plymouth he helped to found a jam group that was the origin of the STRUM Project. J.J. has Master’s degrees in Social Work and Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Washington. He has a BA in Humanities from New College of Florida.
In his free time he enjoys playing guitar and harmonica, singing karaoke and spending quality time with his two-year-old toddler, Robin.
Institutional Giving Manager
As Institutional Giving Manager, Sybil serves a liaison between ideas and opportunities. In this role she brings together her previous experience in grant management, research, and program compliance together with a love for creative and compelling storytelling. Sybil holds a BA, summa cum laude, in Community Studies from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and recent experiences include working with members and corporate sponsors at AIA Seattle and many years at the National CASA Association giving her a solid foundation in non-profit management and administration. As an artist, Sybil is passionate about working to ensure the arts are accessible and understands the transformative power of creative engagement.