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Nate Mullen

Nathaniel Mullen III

Program Director, Detroit Future Schools

Nathaniel Mullen III is the program director of Detroit Future Schools, a sponsored project of AMP. He is a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. His work thrives at the intersection of art, design and education. For three years, Nate has worked in classrooms across Detroit, leading student media investigations which have included everything from stop motion videos about Newton's Laws to infographics on the complexities of global economics. All of these projects are the result of working closely with teachers and students to integrate digital media into the core curriculum of the classroom. Nate has been involved with DFS since its inception in 2012 and was an “original futurist” as a participant in the first round of Detroit Future Media. He previously worked as the program director of YArts at the YMCA. He loves to read and watch NBA stats.


Andrea Claire Maio

Andrea Claire Maio

Artist-in-Residence, Detroit Future Schools
Andrea Claire Maio, Detroit Future Schools artist-in-residence, is a Detroit based filmmaker whose stories have been heard and seen on NPR, PBS, and at film festivals in the US and abroad. She leads the Detroit Future Schools out-of-school program, a documentary film workshop that engages Detroit youth in creating media that highlights their voice in the broader conversation about education in the city.

 

 

 


Alicia Castañeda

Alicia Castañeda

Artist-in-Residence, Detroit Future Schools
Alicia is a Detroit Future Schools artist-in-residence at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. She has practiced her main artform of poetry from an early age. Diversity plays a prominent role in her life, and she often explores themes of plurality and identity in her work. She studied creative writing as part of her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana, an experience that later inspired an ongoing exploration of poetry as an interdisciplinary art form. She has lived abroad in Chile, taught English in Japan as part of the JET Programme, and participated in the Prague Summer Writer’s Program as a recipient of the Vaclav Havel Scholarship. Alicia also works as a writer-in-residence with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. Her hobbies include watching foreign films and reading picture books.