Alexandra Diaz; Author (Keynote speaker)

Alexandra Diaz is a Cuban-American currently residing in Santa Fe, NM. She is author of the Pura Belpre Honor book The Only Road, or El único destino: When the violence of Guatemalan drug traffikers gets too close to Jaime's life, he and his cousin Angela flee to the United States via a treacherous journey across borders.

3D Artist; Jeff Koons Studio
Raised in England and Pittsburgh, Ashly is a classically trained painter and sculptor who now works mostly digitally. He has created product visuals, animations, and 3D designs for companies and artists.

Visual Artist
Born in Yamasaki, Japan, Sayaka is a Brooklyn-based artist. She believes in language beyond words and uses painting to explore the relationships between humans and animals.

Peter Matson
Peter is a DJ and music producer who works with Building Beats, an organization that provides DJ and music programs to teach entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills to youth.

Hugo is a Oaxacan born Brooklyn-based multimedia artist, poet, filmmaker, and teacher.  He recently completed a short documentary about Project Morrinho, a city model made of cinderblocks and recycling outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
Grace Oberhofer
Allison Benko
JC is a trilingual computer programmer for the New York Times by day, and an opera singer, producer, and jazz musician by night. Composer Grace Oberhofer is a performer, sound designer, music director, and mime!  She creates work in both English and Italian.  Director Allison Benko is a theater artist of both musical and non-musical productions, writer, and puppeteer.

La Bruja
Spoken Word Poet
Caridad de la Luz is a Bronx-based performer of poetry, song, and theater. She has performed on Def Poetry Jam, released two music albums, written and starred in Boogie Rican Blvd and more recently in a musical adaptation of As You Like It on Broadway.