Teaching Artists

We work with a cadre of seasoned teaching artists who are committed to both youth and their own artistic career. We are unique amongst New York City’s many excellent arts education programs in that we specialize in placing traditional and folk artists in schools to share their expertise with students and teachers. We also collaborate with contemporary artists whose own artwork explores the themes of community, identity, and history.


Cecilia Ortega | Mexican Folk Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougCecilia Ortega is a freelance artist, dancer, choreographer, community leader and activist.







Clara Waloff | Puppetry & Visual Arts

Marouk-Coe-DougClara Waloff is a community-based artist and educator whose artwork focuses on education and human development – both art forms in of themselves!







George Zavala | Theater & Installation Art

Marouk-Coe-DougGeorge Zavala is a visual and theater art worker with over 22 years of experience in New York City schools and community youth programs.







Guillermo Guerrero | Andean Music

Guillermo Guerrerowas inspired to form the Andean folk music group, Tahuantinsuyo (which in Quechua, the Inca language, means “the four parts of the world”), dedicated to the research and performance of traditional music from the Andean countries that once formed the Inca Empire.






Haifa Bint Kadi | Mosaic & Mixed Mdia

Marouk-Coe-DougHaifa Bint Kadi is a first-generation Arab-American and enjoys sharing aspects of her Middle Eastern heritage in her school residencies.







Hector Morales | Afro-Peruvian Percussion & Latin Jazz

Marouk-Coe-DougPeruvian drummer and percussionist Hector Morales blends the sounds of diverse musical traditions such as Afro-Peruvian, Jazz, and Latin Music into his playing as well as his composition.







Juan Gutierrez | Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena

Marouk-Coe-DougGrowing up in San Juan, Juan “Juango” Gutiérrez studied music at the University of Puerto Rico and the Conservatory of Music in San Juan before moving to NYC in l976.







Judy Hoffman | Paper Arts & Ceramics

Marouk-Coe-DougJudy Hoffman is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her installations, sculpture, and artist books explore themes of birth, decay, waste, and regeneration.







Julia Gutierrez-Rivera | Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena

Marouk-Coe-DougThe youngest daughter of Los Pleneros de la 21’s founder, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera grew up dancing and watching bomba and plena luminaries, including Eugenia Ramos, Tito Cepeda, Marcial Reyes, and Paco Rivera.






Kwok Kay Choey | Chinese Painting, Music, & Tai Chi

Marouk-Coe-DougKwok Kay Choey was born in Singapore.  He learned Chinese Painting with Chen Wen-hsi, and he attended the Teacher’s College of Singapore.







Leo Schaff | Songwriting

Marouk-Coe-DougLeo Schaff is an actor, a singer, a writer of songs, poems, and carried-away pieces.








Lu Yu | Dance Theater

Marouk-Coe-DougA graduate of the National Academy of Arts in Taiwan in drama and cinema, Mr. Yu is also trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance.








Malini Srinivisan | Indian Bharatanatyam Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougMalini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam dancer and a disciple of the master, Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar in Chennai.








Manuela Arciniegas | Afro-Dominican &
Afro-Puerto Rican Traditional Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougManuela Arciniegas is a drummer, songwriter, singer and dancer specializing in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditional music.








Margaret Yuen | Chinese Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougMargaret Yuen was born in New York, raised in Hong Kong, and received her dance training in New York and China with a certification in Chinese folk dance from the Beijing Dance Academy.







Yahaya Kamate | West African Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougYahaya Kamate became interested in traditional dance and drumming as a child in Côte d’Ivoire, and as a teenager, began formal training with his country’s National Ballet.







Yasser Darwish | Egyptian Dance

Marouk-Coe-DougYasser Darwish, a performer and teacher of Egyptian folkloric dance, was born in Alexandria, Egypt.


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