Susan and Elizabeth created the original Green Art Workshop in 2010. This collaborative program brought youth to Recology’s Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program and Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts (SCRAP). The workshop encouraged participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Students upcycyled materials such as textiles, paper, wood, and plastic objects to construct imaginative sculptures.
From the initial Green Art Workshop series, Elizabeth and Susan recognized youths’ excitement to explore the artistic potential of non-traditional re-usable materials. They are committed to providing quality art programs which promote creativity with a conscience.
Green Art Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you to all of our community partners who make our work possible!
Elizabeth O’Connor [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. Elizabeth’s award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, Elizabeth completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute.
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 Amherst College and Spain 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, and RayKo Photo Center.
Elizabeth Cunningham [Teaching Artist]
Elizabeth holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. As an artist she has recorded her experiences in Cleveland, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco. Elizabeth has taught youth since 2006, and believes in empowering the youngest generation with the skills needed for coming of age in the most digital world we have ever experienced. Most recently, Elizabeth has worked with the youth of the Excelsior Boys & Girls Club through City Studio and currently teaches media and software skills to adults at the San Francisco Art Institute. Elizabeth joined the Green Art Workshop team in the spring of 2013.
Asha Kalonia [Teaching Assistant]
Asha will receive her Bachelors degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University this spring. She will then begin work towards obtaining her single-subject credential in art. Asha loves learning about new art styles, visiting museums, and exploring the world around her. Over the years, her passion for art has led her to explore many different mediums including painting, drawing, ceramics, and textiles. She has worked as a teaching assistant in various high school art classes in both Fremont and San Francisco. Asha joined the Green Art Workshop team in the Spring of 2014.
Maria Khachadoorian [Teaching Assistant]
Marisa is currently pursuing her BFA in sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. She first discovered her true passion for art as a high school student at Clayton Arts Academy. Marisa spent her teen years developing an artistic style, using mostly watercolors and has since explored a variety of mediums. Marisa’s experience working with youth includes five years working as a teaching assistant for Dramamama Productions, an after school children’s theater program. Marisa joined the Green Art Workshop team in the Spring of 2014.
Board of Directors
Jarrod Jacobi [Board Treasurer]
Jarrod has been an active member of the local investment community for over 17 years. He serves as a volunteer and Board Treasurer for Green Art Workshop. He first met Elizabeth O’Connor when he was tutoring in the Art Department at the Excelsior Boys & Girls Club where she was the Art Director. Jarrod is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
Grace D’Anca [Board Secretary]
Grace is the Volunteer Services Manager at St. Luke’s Campus of California Pacific Medical Center. She has worked extensively as a Creative Arts Therapist with special populations. Grace is currently involved in advocating for and helping create public art projects in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.
Karyn Yandow [Board Member]
Karyn has been a practicing photographer in the Bay Area for over two decades. She has exhibited her photography around the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center, Sebastopol Center For The Arts, Berkeley Art Center, Bolinas Museum, Gallery Route One, and the Center For Photographic Arts. In addition to her art practice, Karyn has served as a volunteer and Board Member for several Bay Area arts organizations. Karyn earned her BFA degree in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Carlton Eichelberger [Board Member]
Carlton is the Area Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where he oversees the operations of three facilities: the Sunnydale, Excelsior, and Willie Mays Clubhouses. He was a 2012 recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from The San Francisco Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and leading philanthropic foundations.
Amy Crowson [Board Member]
Amy is the Corporate Giving Officer at San Francisco Ballet. Previously she worked in Washington, DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in corporate and foundation relations. Amy graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Arts Management and was a dance major at Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts. She shares Green Arts Workshop’s passion for the arts and creativity.
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