We have an excellent assortment of teachers that we employ on a contract basis. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your cover letter and resume to info@assemblepgh.org.

Nina Barbuto, Director

Nina’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty.

Assemble Teachers

Jenna Gallant

Jenna is a practicing mixed media artist who enjoys experimental art-making with fresh and diverse materials. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Arts in 2010. Jenna is currently the Program Coordinator for Assemble, a center for arts and technology, as well as a Senior Artist Educator at Carnegie Museum of Art. By working in the art education field Jenna hopes to inspire students to have the confidence to embrace their imagination and creativity.

Jess Gold

Jess Gold is a creative educator from Pittsburgh, PA. She believes deeply in the power of art, digital media, and creativity as tools of education, empowerment, and community-building, and she centers these things in her work with youth. Jess has taught, coordinated, and planned youth arts and digital media programs with Assemble, Literary Arts Boom [The LAB], the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Digital Corps, and others.

Sarah Ceurvorst

Sarah Ceurvorst is an artist and educator who loves to play the roles of student and teacher interchangeably. She has professional experience with nonprofit administration, art production, project coordination and teaching. She has taught abroad in Europe and Southeast Asia as well as throughout the city of Pittsburgh. She sees art and education as catalysts for community building and social change. She believes that everyone has the potential to make a positive impact on the world.

Angelica Cooper

Angelica Cooper, a native of Pittsburgh, PA graduated from Pittsburgh Public Schools and received a B.A in Psychology and Cultural Studies from Chatham University. After working briefly in Marketing and Operations, she worked as a Program Specialist for a local non-profit empowering women and girls in life skills and S.T.E.M. Demonstrating her growing passion for education, she became a Coro Pittsburgh Leader in Learning and worked or volunteered for several Pittsburgh non-profit organizations. In addition to being a family woman, she serves on the Board of Directors for the East Liberty Family Health Care Center and Cultivating Resilient Youth. She lives by the belief that we should all be lifelong learners.

Grace Alba

Grace loves science, art, and teaching. She has experience teaching younger people informal science on both coasts, at the Lawrence Hall of Science and at Liberty Science Center. Locally, she has worked with young people at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, developed curriculum and taught for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s first pre-K through elementary science classes and day camps, coordinated the Allegheny County Head Start Bookmobile, served as the Instructional Lead in the Science and Technology Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and taught an algebra summer course at Shady Side Academy. In addition to Assemble, she has taught biology lab and interdiciplinary arts and sciences at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Hodges

Originally from South Charleston, West Virginia; Jonathan Hodges has a passion for synthesizers, modified audio electronics, “out of date” technology, musical instruments, practical movie effects, props, analog electronics, sculpting, Halloween masks, and anything weird/unusual. As an adolescent he became interested in making through music and creating new sounds. This search for new sounds lead him to the art form known as Circuit Bending. Circuit Bending is finding points on a circuit board of battery operated toy or audio device that creates new alien sounds or alters the sound the device originally made. This exploration of hidden sounds and misuse of circuits created a new way to look at the world for Jonathan where anything could be a musical instrument. This breaking,making and re-making of devices helped Jonathan find a sense of self fulfillment and a curiosity into finding multiple unintended uses for everyday objects. In 2007 Jonathan moved to Pittsburgh to study Entertainment Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to further his passion for making. While at the Art Institute he became familiar with technologies like laser cutting and a multitude of materials/processes he now uses in instrument/prop/mask making. The only thing Jonathan likes more than making his strange creations is sharing his knowledge of making/materials/processes with other people so they can find the same sense of fulfillment through using their own imagination.

Fabienne Hudson

Fabienne Hudson is an artist and mentor of the creatively curious in the greater Pittsburgh area. She was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Fine Art, focusing in Alternative Photography processes and 2D media. She enjoys experimenting with different materials and processes when creating, and the endless possibilities that abound through making. She enjoys teaching, and bringing art and creative adventuring to anyone who is willing and wanting to learn. She hopes to bring her passion for creating to her community and inspire others to want to make and create for themselves.