Teachers & Facilitators

Nikki Moon is an artist from Santa Cruz, CA. From 2004 to 2013, she co-founded and directed the non-profit called Move Youth Arts. For Move, Nikki teaches foundational art techniques, yoga, and nutrition classes. She has been teaching these arts to youth at alternative education schools, juvenile hall, group homes, and at community centers.

She has been oil painting since the age of eight and continues to explore and express through painting, drawing and new mediums like jewelry, ceramics and photography. Nikki has a BA. in Fine Arts from UCSC with a focus in painting and drawing. She was honored as a California Art Scholar and continues to have art shows, teach, performance paint, offer workshops and take classes to deepen her work in the arts.

 

Elijah Pfotenhauer was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1980. He studied art and animation at Cal Arts, Valencia and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. His works have been shown at a variety of galleries in the greater Bay Area including: The Hide Gallery, Mama Buzz, and 4th Street Triumph, with murals across California as well as in Europe and Asia. He currently lives in Santa Cruz at the Art Space Tannery Lofts, painting canvas, murals, and teaching art in the Greater Bay Area.

Elijah personally utilizes painting and visual arts to engage and uplift the community. He believes that through the Arts, the public can actively participate in the transformation of society. Through the creation of public works, the community can take pride in the area and engage in prevalent social issues. Elijah also believes that art is a tool to unite people across lines of age, race, gender and general socio-economic background. The Arts open a new doorway for Move participants to engage in new and unknown opportunities. 

 

Mira Michelle has taught visual art in the public schools for the last ten years.  She has worked internationally with Tibetan youth in India and young women in Nepal.  Locally she has facilitated Art and Leadership programs with youth in Watsonville and Santa Cruz through Move and Mariposa's Art.  She established a girls program in San Francisco entitled Girlosophy that focused on confidence building and positive self-expression.  Mira is also an accomplished visual artist who works in oil, acrylic and mixed media.  She has shown her paintings in over 20 exhibitions through out the Bay Area. 

Mira was the Museum Pick for the International Museum of Women in 2010.  She is currently an exhibiting member of the San Francisco Women's Artist Gallery.  Her artwork has been published in the We'Moon date book and calendar.  She holds a degree in Art from UCSC.  Mira believes strongly in the principles of youth development and the capacity for artistic expression to create positive transformation in the lives of our youth.