Creative Leaders

  • Jayanthi Moorthy

    Jayanthi Moorthy is the curator & producer of Art Fast. She is a New York-based artist, educator and design consultant. Ms. Moorthy's art is inter-disciplinary, encompassing painting, drawing, photography, video and participatory installations. On the design front she specializes in interface design, interactive graphics and print design. Ms. Moorthy currently teaches adults and kids at Abron Arts Center and is a founder of Yellospot Art Education.

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  • Amelia Marzec

    Amelia Marzec is an American artist focused on enabling activist communities through innovative uses of technology. Her work is focused on rebuilding local communications infrastructure to prepare for an uncertain future. Ms. Marzec has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH, MIT, ISEA (Canada), LAPSody (Finland), ONCE Foundation Contemporary Art Biennial (Spain), NODE Forum for Digital Arts Biennial (Germany), and is part of the Rhizome ArtBase. She is currently a fellow at NYFA.

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  • JunYi Chow

    JunYi Chow is a composer, pianist and music improviser. JunYi Chow has won many awards in various forms of music composition. Recently in March 2016, Chow’s Guanzi & Orchestra is selected to perform at the 2016 Hong Kong Chinese Chinese Orchestra International Composers’ Summit during Hong Kong Arts Festival. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JunYi Chow studied in the U.S. at Indiana University, and completed his Master’s degree in May 2013.

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  • Daria Dorosh

    Daria Dorosh integrates fashion into her art theory and practice, while exploring new ways of engaging with the public to design their own fashions.

    Daria Dorosh is a co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, (1972). She is an artist, educator, and a researcher with SMARTlab, University College Dublin. In 2007 she completed her PhD thesis, Patterning: The Informatics of Art and Fashion, which posits two sets of binary patterns that link art, fashion, and digital culture. She has taught fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, since 1969 and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY, from 1976-1985. Ms. Dorosh lives and works from New York City and Upstate NY.

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  • Shifu Shi Yan Ming

    Shifu Shi Yan Ming is a teacher and actor, best known as the founder of the USA Shaolin Temple.[4] Trained at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, People's Republic of China (PRC) since the age of five, Shi Yan Ming defected to the United States in 1992, before opening the USA Shaolin Temple in Manhattan, where he has taught hundreds of students, including numerous celebrities.

    Action Meditation, or Chan Buddhism, helps you see within yourself through action, to understand yourself. We are walking, talking, breathing beings. Action defines us. Chan Buddhism moves you forward to more openness and more awareness.
    — Shi Yan Ming

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  • Jay Jaidev

    Jay Jaidev is a Bharata Natyam dancer and educator. She has learned from eminent teachers in India & has taught dance when she lived overseas & here in Westchester. She has performed all over the world including representing India at the UN Anniversary in Thailand, HongKong, Middle East, etc..Ms. Jaidev has just moved to the city & is eager to setup her own dance school teaching “genuinely interested” students (children & adults)! She is also open to helping intermediate or advanced students refine & polish their repertoire.

    Jayashree Jaidev currently resides in New York City and recently founded the company The Whole Six Yards.

  • Ann Pachner

    Ann Pachner is a New-York based visual artist whose works, consists of drawings, archival digital prints and wood carving.

    For the past four decades, Ann Pachner’s artistic practice has been primarily devoted to woodcarving. In the last ten years, she has introduced digital print making to her body of work. The expansion of her practice adds a foundation color to the flowing lines and stillness of the woodcarving, allowing for a deepening of emotional tone. Both the process of carving and the use of arabesque lines in her printmaking share the gesture of repetition that focuses and clears the mind allowing an opening, a glimpse into the Other – into the presence of the unknown.

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  • Rajika Puri

    Rajika Puri is an acclaimed exponent of two forms of Indian classical dance - Bharata Natyam and Odissi.

    Based in New York for over twenty years Ms. Puri brings a modern aesthetic to experimental choreography in Bharata Natyam. A landmark project of 1998 called Flamenco Natyam, was a blend of Flamenco with Bharata Natyam, presented at the Works & Process series of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Rajika Puri curates the IAAC Erasing Borders Dance Festival in New York City.

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  • Minila Shah

    Minila Shah is the founder and Director of Ajna Dance, NYC which takes classes like Bollywood Bangra and Kathak.

    Born and raised in Canada Minila has trained extensively in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. A former Executive and Artistic Director of Bollywood Grooves in London, UK, Minila has also worked with the BBC and Sky One providing them with performances and choreography.

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  • Bhuvana Moorthy

    Bhuvana Moorthy is passionate about singing devotional hymns. She is part of a temple singing group in Kochi, India. Apart from music she is a creative who works with hand and machine embroidery and has expertise in some traditional Indian embroidery.

  • Ajit Menon

    Ajit Menon is a hobbyist photographer who loves to travel to regions of isolation for his photographic pursuits.

    Ajit Menon’s photography is something that has developed over time from a mere hobby to a serious pursuit of the beauty of nature. He also enjoys using the process of “long exposure” to amplify the passage of time, thus further abstracting the image from a momentary snapshot to a dreamy slice of time. Mr. Menon’s photographs have been published in a variety of media and publications such as B&W and Outdoor Photographer. He has also won many commendations for his photography and has been widely praised for his photographic style. He resides in NYC.
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  • Aeilushi Mistry

    Aeilushi Mistry has been teaching dance to children and adults for the past 18 years.

    Aeilushi is affiliated with BAC’s Arts in Education (AIE) program and BAC’s Folk Arts program. With a BA in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatyanatyam dance and an Arts Administration degree from New York University Aeilushi blends various styles of dance such as Kathak, Kuchipudi, modern dance, and West African dance. She is a resident of Brooklyn