Julia Csekö was born in Colorado and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2011, Csekö moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue a MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Graduating in 2013, she mounted her thesis exhibition at Laconia Gallery in Boston. Csekö is the recipient of a 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship, awarded by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, resulting in her first solo exhibition in the US. Csekö divides her time between being a practicing artist and an Art Educator, most recently at the MFA Boston and since 2014 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston ArtLab, leading multigenerational educational art activities. Since graduation Csekö has participated in numerous group exhibitions at national and international venues. Her work is featured in collections including the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; as well as private collections in the United States and Brazil.
Iranian actress and playwright Deniz Khateri was last seen as Ophelia in Hamlet by Apollinaire Theatre Company. She has done lots of interactive projects in her hometown, Tehran, and feels thrilled and trusted to be a part of Public Trust.
Jimena Bermejo sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. Originally from Mexico, Jimena is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and educator based in Cambridge. She is a member of Mobius Artists and teaches movement at Berklee College of Music and at the College of the Holy Cross.
Cassandra Cato-Louis is Artistic Director and co-founder of African Repertory Troupe. She has taught theatre for over 30 years, creating and scripting the Mattapan Neighborhood Ensemble for the Citi Performance Center in downtown Boston, teaching theatre to students at the Noonan Business Academy and Boston Ballet's Taking Steps, and previously working as the Director of Instruction for the Witherspoon Institute. Cato-Louis has also served as co-chair on the Mattapan BostonCreates committee, as a member of the Leadership Council, and the Mayor's Urban Agriculture working group. She is an experienced public school teacher in both Boston and New York and has won numerous awards for her stage and community work.
Lidia Russell is a teacher, freelance journalist, translator, ceramics artist, and storyteller. She holds a MA in Polish Language and Literature, with additional studies in politics and social and political problems of multiculturalism. While living in Poland, Lidia attended workshops in voice training, dance, and theater, and has facilitated art workshops and classes for children. In Boston, Lidia directs an annual Polish Bilingual Day.
Chanel Thervil is a mixed media artist and educator intrigued by all things generated through combining art, education, and community. In addition to her work with sparc! the Artmobile at MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships, she currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.
Furen Dai is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work includes video, performance and sculpture. Dai addresses language and literature associated with traditional Chinese culture in her work. Her work addresses the discourse around the position of being between two cultures and within a cross-cultural exchange.
Heather Kapplow is a self-trained conceptual artist based in the United States. She creates engagement experiences that elicit unexpected intimacies using objects, alternative interpretations of existing environments, installation, performance, writing, audio and video. Her work has received government and private grants and has been included in galleries, film and performance festivals in the US and internationally.
Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer and composer. When she's not turning Fenway Park into an instrument or organizing 92 performers at the Arnold Arboretum, she can be found writing melodies on the marimba or teaching a zumba class.