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. Contact: nina (at) assemblepgh (dot) org
Jess Gold, Platform Program Manager
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. Contact: jess (at) assemblepgh (dot) org
Hannah Sauder, Place Operations Manager
Hannah is a maker and photographer who appreciates storytelling through art. They graduated from Goshen College with B.A. in communication with minors in graphic design and international studies.
Contact: hannah (at) assemblepgh (dot) org
Adeshewa Metzger loves teaching science. Before moving to Pittsburgh, she worked at the Michigan Science Center. She is a graduate from Central Michigan University with a major in Business Management and minors in both General Science and Art.
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Jayla Patton is a Teaching Artist and Arts Educator living in the city Pittsburgh. She enjoys creating comics and illustrations using traditional mediums and digital ones such as Photohshop. She is also an animator, and wishes she had more hours in the day to sleep. While she’s not making art, she’s teaching in a different section of the city almost every day of the week.
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Shannon Thompson is a practicing artist and educator. Her teaching practice is informed by a strong background in social justice and activism. She believes that fostering supportive, collaborative creative learning environments is vital to the health of all communities.
Shannon has a Masters of Education in Community Engagement from Merrimack College.
Contact: shannon (at) assemblepgh (dot) org
With her passion for children, knowledge growth, Vania Arthur is a Teachers Assistant at Assemble. Throughout the years she has found herself in positions of teaching and mentoring, whether that be as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, at Urban Pathways in Downtown Pittsburgh or as a child care assistant at the YMCA. Besides finding joy in working with children, Vania also finds herself as a photographer, finding joy in capturing the organic moments that go unnoticed. When she’s not working with children or out photographing you can find walking through nature, painting, or channeling her inner grandmother with tea, a good book and wearing a knitted oversized sweater.
Contact: vania (at) assemblepgh (dot) org