Nina Barbuto, Executive 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.
Ron Butler, Teacher
Ron Butler is a born and raised Black Pittsburgh artist and is a Creative Consultant for 1hood Media, and teaching artist at Boom Concepts and Assemble. Ron’s artistic work pulls inspiration from social justice issues, his experiences growing up, and from different astrology and mythological creatures.
Anny Chen, Camp Coordinator + Teacher
Anny Chen is a teaching artist with a background in media arts, technology and architecture. She is a textile artist focused on slowing down with simple techniques based on traditional sewing, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. She volunteers at Prototype; a transgressive maker-space that focuses on providing access to women and marginalized members of the Pittsburgh community. She lives in an attic with her partner, three cats, two guinea pigs and a fish.
Devon Dill, Studio Coordinator + Teacher
Devon Dill is an artist and educator with a passion for community building, informal education, and making things. She holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design, and focuses on exploring the intersection of traditional craft and technology. Her art incorporates a variety of media and thrives on change, which encourages her mission to be a life long learner. Her hope is to provide the tools for both young and old minds alike to take agency over their own learning experiences. In her free time Devon enjoys exploring the outdoors, riding her motorcycle, and cooking.
Adeshewa Metzger, Platform Program Manager
With over 15 years of experience developing programs that benefit the community, Adeshewa Metzger, the Platform Program Manager at Assemble specializes in nonprofit strategic planning and S.T.E.A.M. curriculum research and development. She is a graduate for the other C.M.U. Central Michigan University with a degree in Business Management and has minors in both Art and General Science. Adeshewa Metzger is married, has two young girls, and enjoys reading science fiction and gardening.
Tom Ndiaye, Monthly Coordinator + Teacher
Tom Ndiaye is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, specializing in illustration and animation. Though he is originally from New York City, he grew up in several African countries, and so loves to bring to focus the topic of multiculturalism through his art pieces. He’s ever-ready to help learners challenge their assumptions about the world and its people. He’s also dabbled in the field of politics, working as a field organizer for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
Andrea Petrillo, Marketing and Development Manager
Andrea joins the Assemble team with 6+ years of project management and production experience. She is graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelors in Arts in Sculpture and a foundation in Art Education. Since graduation she has gone on to manage a variety of special projects and creative teams with Pittsburgh organizations such as Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Brew House Association and globally with creative tech agency Deeplocal. With both non-profit and for profit experience she looks forward to combining the best of both worlds to propel the future of Assemble.
Ja'Sonta Roberts, Manager Off Site Programs
Ja’Sonta Roberts is very happy to be a part of the Assemble. Ms. Roberts has Theater Arts Degree from Point Park and certification as a Neighborhood Development Leader from Coro Pittsburgh. She brings over 15 years experience working with youth and young and adults and has a track record for developing multi-faceted arts and educational enrichment programs throughout the city. Priding herself in a career in the non-profit secter she plans to bring all her creativity and a network of community partnerships to Assemble.
Jacquea Mae, Teacher
Creating an environment for youth to learn, Jacquea Mae has been blessed to teach youth for over thirteen years, in Pittsburgh, PA and beyond. Jacquea has become an international artist this year, performing at the Lausanne Afro-Fusion Festival in Switzerland, the PANAFEST in Cape Coast, Ghana this year and will be returning to jam in both countries in 2020. Ms. Mae released her second album, Life On Hold this June and continues to create at spaces,throughout the city of Pittsburgh like at Ujamaa Collective, The Corner Pittsburgh and countless more!