Our Team

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Elizabeth Molnar

[Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]

Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, she completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute. She creates interactive art installations that relate to environmental awareness and repurposes discarded books. Elizabeth is member of the Environmental Quality Committee in El Cerrito, CA, a City Council-appointed body of residents who work to involve the community directly in reducing our impact on the environment. 


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Susan Lynn Smith

[CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR/TEACHING ARTIST]

Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Susan has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids, a San Francisco non-profit, The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and the Academy of Art University. Her exhibitions include shows at Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Dickerman Prints Gallery, Inclusions Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, MarinMOCA, Book & Job Gallery, RayKo Photo Center, Garrison Art Center, The Bascom, and Berkeley Art Center. Susan has recently participated in artist residencies at Penland School of Crafts, the Hambidge Center, and at Vyt – Art Students League of NY, The Rensing Center, and VCCA.


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Patricia Pauchnick 

[Teaching Artist]

Patricia earned her BFAE with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University in 2012. She has been a gallery assistant and co-curator at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery at SFSU and also volunteered at Incline Gallery. Patricia has exhibited throughout the Bay Area, including SF City Hall, The Merchant’s of Reality Gallery, Incline Gallery, The CCSC Art Gallery, and SFSU Fine Arts Department. Her personal work includes painting, drawing, and sculpture that relates to exploring the natural world.


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Laura Echegaray

[TEACHING ARTIST]

Laura began working with discarded materials as a child in her father's art studio. She is an upcycling artist, puppeteer,  poet, Spanish teacher and a radio production apprentice at KPFA in Berkeley. Laura received her Bachelor degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Puerto Rico and worked in architecture at various firms in Puerto Rico and the East Bay Area. As a teaching artist, she has worked with the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, and The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, among other bay area organizations.   


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Asha Kalonia

[Teaching Artist]

Asha earned her Bachelors degree in art education from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches middle and high school art in Fremont, CA. She believes every individual has creative potential and as an educator enjoys finding ways to ignite this creativity. Her personal work includes painting and experimentation with mixed media. 


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Debbie Wu

[Teaching Artist]

Debbie has taught art in elementary schools and community-based organizations for the past 10 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade students in programs including school-based, after-school, weekend, holiday and school break workshops. Debbie started her art education path as a Los Altos Art Docent. In her art practice, she enjoys working with fused glass as well as mosaic, mixed media, and jewelry. Debbie has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Economics from UC Davis. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in San Francisco.


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Katherine Smith

[Teaching Artist]

Katherine has been involved in educating youth as a swim instructor since 2010 and began working with Green Art Workshop in 2016. Her main creative interests are in making collage-style recycled art and portrait photography. She loves teaching kids new things and watching them explore their own creativity.  Katherine currently attends the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is studying Psychology with a concentration in Public Health.   


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Radhika Rao

[Teaching Artist]

Radhika is an actor, storyteller, director, writer, and educator. She has performed throughout India, Boston, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of Eth-Noh-Tec kinetic storytelling ensemble and a resident artist of the SF Shakespeare Festival. She specializes in creating curriculum that integrates theatre into diverse learning situations. She serves as Educational Coordinator for Cutting Ball Theatre and also teaches in several Bay Area schools collaborating with Young Audiences of Northern CA, Enacte, SF Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, and Stanford University. Radhika has an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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Haya Tawatao 

[Teaching Artist]

Haya holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Visual Arts and Media from UC San Diego. She worked for many years in television and animation production in Los Angeles and New York (MTV Animation). More recently, Haya worked as arts coordinator at Jefferson Elementary, providing art enrichment programs to classrooms and leading community-based art activities and projects. She also enjoys crafting Halloween decorations and costumes.