Dairanys Grullon-Virgil is a Caribeña from the Dominican Republic who immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. Dairanys is co-founder of The Sister Circle Collective, a transnational, grassroots feminist community organization. She is currently a candidate for a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Baruch College/CUNY, and organizes around the issues of gender justice, education, arts and music.
Yamil Lora is a Community Coordinator and Theater Coordinator at the Point CDC with a passion for Music, Community, and Life. Born and raised in Dominican Republic, Yamil emigrated to the USA in order to pursue a career in music and technology where he studied Music Business, Theory, and Technology at Miami Dade College, Music at CCNY and Piano and Performance at Lehman College to finally obtain a BS in Music from the latter. Lora (Enso Taves) is also a singer-songwriter based in The Bronx.
Stephanie Orentas is a community organizer and curator. At globalFEST, she organizes the monthly hangouts, manages globalFEST's social media and organizes the administration of the flagship festival. Orentas founded Casa Experimental, an after school arts program and gallery inside art collective space The Silent Barn, where she hosts youth art exhibits and shows. She is the Media and Communications Manager and curates for public art non-profit, Writing On It All. Stephanie is a guest curator for the New Latin Wave Festival. Currently, she coordinates events at Starr Bar, Mayday Space's new allied bar funding social justice initiatives in Bushwick.
Laura James is an artist who has been working as a professional painter and illustrator for over twenty years. Her work is widely collected and exhibited, and she has organized many exhibitions and special projects. Along with Eileen Walsh, Ms. James is a partner in BXNYCreative, an agency aimed at promoting culture throughout New York City. Laura is also the co-founder and Executive Director of BX200: Bronx Visual Artist Directory, an online database of 200 Bronx-based visual artists. Represented by Bridgeman Images for more than a decade, her work has been published in hundreds of publications and media.
Eileen Walsh is an artist, gallerist, and independent curator. Her connection with art and its ability to ameliorate lives and places came through her lifelong work as an art and recreational therapist. In 2007 she opened the Gallery at Black Rock in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The gallery quickly became a neighborhood meeting place for all types of artists and art. Now living in the South Bronx, along with Laura James, Ms. Walsh is a partner in BXNYCreative, an agency aimed at promoting culture throughout New York City. Eileen is a partner in the BX200 an online directory of Bronx Artists. She is currently starting an art space and residency program in the Port Morris area of the Bronx called bubble.