Piero Passacantando is a painter and social practitioner. He is currently a resident at Flux Factory in New York City. In 2012, he partook in Art in Odd Places and the Dumbo Arts Festival in New York City, and was a Resident at the Summer Decompression Camp at the Cornirolo Art Platform in Cornirolo, Italy. In 2011 he was a Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project in New York City. In 2010, Passacantando received a Fulbright grant to research Thangka Painting in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA with a concentration in Social Practice, and he holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. He lives and works in Harlem, New York City. (pieropassacantando.com)

 Sally Szwed is the Program Manager of Global Initiatives at Creative Time, where she organizes the annual Creative Time Summit and Manages the Global Residency Program. Sally has also served as Program Manager of EFA Project Space, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, in New York City, where she produced exhibitions, workshops, and other events. She has organized numerous independent projects on both coasts, including public art under freeway overpasses; experimental wine tastings; and a series of off-the-wall parties welcoming new artists to the city. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

 Chelsea Kostek is a Design Strategist, Industrial Designer and Yoga teacher. She obtained a Masters of Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked for the Business Innovation Factory, Griffin Technology, Brookstone and A.T. Cross.  (irascibledesign.com)(facebook/chromeyoga)

 Maija Garcia is a director, choreographer, educator and entrepreneur. Garcia founded Organic Magnetics, a theater arts organization producing live multi-media installations using sustainable innovation to create transformative experiences.  In 2012 Organic Magnetics presented Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012, an interactive history in NYC’s Fort Tryon Park, directed a performance program with students at a Harlem high school and curated an interactive art installation for the New York Live Arts Gala. Creative Director of FELA! Garcia worked alongside Bill T. Jones as Associate Choreographer to develop the Tony award winning musical off-Broadway (2008), on Broadway (2009), at National Theater of London (2010), and in Lagos Nigeria (2011). Garcia is the director/choreographer of the international touring production (2011-2013). Garcia’s stage collaborations include A tribute to Fats Waller (2011/2012) with composers Jason Moran and Meshell N’degeocello at The Gatehouse/Harlem Stage; Neighbors (2010) directed by Niegel Smith at the Public Theater; Not Wanted On The Voyage (2010) directed by Amanda Dehnert at Northwestern University/American Music Theater Project; and Organic Magnetics productions- Ghosts of Manhattan (2012); YaYa Dreams A Future (2010) and Volcano’s Birthright{s} (2009). Maija’s Film and TV credits include choreograpy for Seun Kuti’s music video RISE; Angelique Kidjo’s Move on Up, PBS Special and BET Honors; FELA! television commercial; special features on Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View and a staging of FELA!’s Zombie on So You Think You Can Dance, Canada. With 15 years of professional experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Maija devises original work that transforms urban environments by expanding cultural dialogue and sustainable innovation through collaboration. Currently, Maija is adjunct faculty in New York University’s graduate acting program and choreographer in residence at Long Island University.  Garcia teaches contemporary dance at Steps on Broadway in New York City and offers transformative theater workshops internationally. (www.organicmagnetics.com)

 Forrest Lewinger is an artist and musician whose work makes playful philosophical inquires into the ordinary and mundane. His work has been presented at MOCA in L.A., The Whitney Museum in New York and Galerie BOB in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 Manuela Leal is and artist based in Rio de Janeiro.  She was born in Rio de Janeiro and moved to the US as a teenager.  She holds a BFA degree from Parsons School of Design, (2003) and an MFA from the Yale School of Art (2006). She participated in exhibitions such as The Wight Biennial (Los Angeles, 2006), The Blank Show (Shanghai, 2008).  She has recently performed at the Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City festivals in the UK (2012). She undertook her project writing/photo/performance project "Corporate Body" in 2009-2010 and published it independently via her own imprint Corporate Body Press. She returned to Brazil in 2010 and started her project "Anna-Anna", incorporating electronic music, performance, and visual art. In 2011 the British newspaper The Guardian described Anna-Anna as "bafflingly brilliant". 

MRG Creative Group believes in the power of play. Play is where we as people are most ourselves, and for this reason, it an essential component of their approach: they use playful game scenarios to design fun, thought provoking experiences for people and use play to bring elements of delight to more “serious” experiences for adults. Their goal is to help people find ways to feel more like themselves by bringing clarity of thought to their decision making processes, and by extension, improving their feelings of being an essential member of a team.

Mica Scalin is a professional enthusiast and creative instigator. She is the co-founder of The Alternative Speakers Bureau.

Rob O’Connor’s work is primarily painting based, but touches on all manner medium and contexts, both traditional and experimental all of which expand upon and feed into each other. Pivotal to his practice is the processing of excessive cultural stimuli and historical memory. 

Brian Balderston is an artist and a principal of Present Company, a Brooklyn-based gallery project.