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.
Community Engagement Manager
Makayla has spent the last few years working as a National Service member through AmeriCorps with food justice and environmental organizations. She graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina, where she studied English and Health Sciences. Makayla believes in the transformative power of creativity, and wants to help cultivate a society that values social justice and solidarity by helping individuals establish relationships with their communities.
Aparna is currently a student at the University of Washington double majoring in Psychology & Law, Societies, and Justice with a minor in Art History. She was born and raised in the Chicago-land area and ventured out to the Pacific Northwest to pursue her education. While out here, she found her passion for social change and equity on all fronts. Aparna believes in the importance of nurturing a creative spirit, and tries to do so herself whenever she can.
Student Community Artistic Director
Amanda is an artist, facilitator and administrator who has used the arts to create social change with marginalized communities for the past 20 years. She has facilitated hundreds of arts-based programs, workshops, and trainings with teens in foster care, on probation and detention, and with special needs in the US, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, England and Canada. She was the founder and ED of CreativeWorks, an educational arts nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that served over 1000 historically underserved teens per year. From 2006-2011 she served as the Middle and High School Program Director at Creative Action in Austin, TX which provided programming for 15,000 youth per year. She was the Assistant Director for the Circle Playhouse in Toronto, Canada, and a lead Teaching Artist for the Theatre In Prisons and Probation Center (TIPP) in Manchester, UK. Amanda obtained an M.Phil. in Theatre for Development and an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester, UK. She has BA degrees in English and Theatre from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.
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.
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.