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. Contact: Nina at Assemblepgh dot org

Hannah Sauder, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Hannah is an artist and photographer who appreciates storytelling through art. She graduated from Goshen College with B.A. in communication with minors in graphic design and international studies. Hannah is a current PULSE fellow.

Contact: Hannah at Assemblepgh dot org

Assemble Teachers

Darnell Chambers

Darnell “Airborne Sun” Chambers is a visual artist, teacher, and florist from San Diego, CA. Committed to social justice and serving the unmet needs in the community, Darnell gains inspiration from artists like Teenie Harris, whose work documents the black experience. Chambers is currently exploring the history of the area in which he engage in creative community work, with the intent to connect the African in America with its natal African roots. He practices the majority of his work with mediums such as pencil, paint, and even fresh flowers. Studying Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Web Design and Interactive Media, he’s also gained extensive skill in video, digital photography, and painting. His goals as a professional artist are to open up dialogue and raise awareness of African American cultural identity through art, promote the importance of ones fundamental accountability to one’s community; as well as oneself by leading by example. History and nature plays a major role in his attempt to promote positivity and health in daily life practice. Contact: Darnell at Assemblepgh dot org

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. Contact: Fabienne at Assemblepgh dot org

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. Contact: Jess at Assemblepgh dot org

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. Contact: Jonathan at Assemblepgh dot org

Lieu Wolfe

Lieu has a background in biomedical studies and has previously worked for several years as a researcher in the field of molecular and cellular neural development. Through research grants and volunteer work, Lieu became involved in science outreach and communication, especially with underserved youth. Lieu joined Assemble in January of 2016 after moving to Pittsburgh from Montana, and has been involved with many programs, including summer camps and afterschool at Assemble. In addition to a passion for science and teaching, Lieu has been a pursuer and practitioner of all things art for as long as memory serves. They love painting, photography, mixed-media, drawing and design, and are a singer and songwriter for the piano and accordion. Lieu wants to inspire and enable the youth of Pittsburgh to utilize and synthesize all the amazing tools, technologies, and information we have, so that they may foster the skills needed to imagine and create a better future for themselves and their communities. Contact: Lieu at Assemblepgh dot org

Oreen Cohen

Website: www.oreencohen.com

Oreen holds a Masters of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University in Sculpture. Within her practice she aims to define how art can contribute to revitalizing a sense of local identity within shifting built environments. Her past experiences, research and teaching interests include a multi disciplinary approach towards community-based art, after school programming, youth empowerment, and the role of the arts in community development. In the classroom, I advocate for generative learning process over product and instill that there are no mistakes in art! Contact: Oreen at Assemblepgh dot org