Art 4 New York

Our Team

WHO WE ARE

Angelica Gregory,  Founder & Executive Director   Angelica Gregory was born and raised in Washington D.C. #DCPublicSchools. In elementary school she received a scholarship to Theatre Lab’s summer camp where she fell in love with storytelling. This helped her earn a scholarship to Lehigh University where she majored in Theatre and Columbia University where she received her MFA in Acting. After graduate school she started teaching theatre and college readiness to high school students in Manhattan and The Bronx. She currently teaches social entrepreneurship. Angelica inspires to live with purpose and reach those who may feel overlooked or misunderstood. Angelica is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and in her spare time she eats cupcakes and watches Donald Glover on "Atlanta."    angieg.me

Angelica Gregory, Founder & Executive Director

Angelica Gregory was born and raised in Washington D.C. #DCPublicSchools. In elementary school she received a scholarship to Theatre Lab’s summer camp where she fell in love with storytelling. This helped her earn a scholarship to Lehigh University where she majored in Theatre and Columbia University where she received her MFA in Acting. After graduate school she started teaching theatre and college readiness to high school students in Manhattan and The Bronx. She currently teaches social entrepreneurship. Angelica inspires to live with purpose and reach those who may feel overlooked or misunderstood. Angelica is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and in her spare time she eats cupcakes and watches Donald Glover on "Atlanta." angieg.me

Olivia Owre-Bell,  Associate Director   Olivia g r ew up in California, tumbling, diving, dancing and watching movie musicals. She has worked in many not-for-profit organizations, and sees her best stage as a teacher. Partially raised by her grandmother, she loves sharing her enthusiasm with the residents, and getting them to dance along. A dedicated environmentalist, she has degrees in science and policy from UC Santa Cruz and Columbia University, and works to protect the planet when she is not organizing for Art 4 New York. She also maintains old-timey hobbies, like reading books, calligraphy, and sending letters in the mail.

Olivia Owre-Bell, Associate Director

Olivia grew up in California, tumbling, diving, dancing and watching movie musicals. She has worked in many not-for-profit organizations, and sees her best stage as a teacher. Partially raised by her grandmother, she loves sharing her enthusiasm with the residents, and getting them to dance along. A dedicated environmentalist, she has degrees in science and policy from UC Santa Cruz and Columbia University, and works to protect the planet when she is not organizing for Art 4 New York. She also maintains old-timey hobbies, like reading books, calligraphy, and sending letters in the mail.

Mimi Otani,  Program and Volunteer Coordinator   Mimi Otani has been volunteering for UES Rehabilitation & Nursing Center ministry at HFNY for over ten years now. When she first started to lead the Protestant Worship ministry, there were only 5 or 6 volunteers once a month. She has expanded the volunteer base by working with HFNY (Hope for NY) volunteer coordinator to bring the worship service there every Sunday. When she incorporated special music offering in the program at every service, she found the power of live music to the residents.    She subsequently attended City Seminary of New York and earned Masters of Art in Urban Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary . Her continued involvement with City Seminary has changed her view and attitude towards Christian ministries in the city, and now she focuses on ministries engaging all people regardless of their religious background to bring peace and prosperity to the city.    She practices yoga to relax and maintain her fitness, and explores museums and theaters to appreciate all forms of art.

Mimi Otani, Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Mimi Otani has been volunteering for UES Rehabilitation & Nursing Center ministry at HFNY for over ten years now. When she first started to lead the Protestant Worship ministry, there were only 5 or 6 volunteers once a month. She has expanded the volunteer base by working with HFNY (Hope for NY) volunteer coordinator to bring the worship service there every Sunday. When she incorporated special music offering in the program at every service, she found the power of live music to the residents.

She subsequently attended City Seminary of New York and earned Masters of Art in Urban Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary . Her continued involvement with City Seminary has changed her view and attitude towards Christian ministries in the city, and now she focuses on ministries engaging all people regardless of their religious background to bring peace and prosperity to the city.

She practices yoga to relax and maintain her fitness, and explores museums and theaters to appreciate all forms of art.

Rebecca Nicholson , Director of Research & Communications   Rebecca Nichloson has over ten years of experience in digital and print communications and content development. She is writer/editor for the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), providing communications support for the organization’s energy efficiency programs, outreach efforts, and field research. She’s worked at the National Audubon Society (New York), as climate content coordinator with the nonprofit’s Climate Initiative team. She’s also held the role of communications associate in the civic tech sector, developing communications plans, and content for technology programs and pilots for public good. Additional experience includes work at The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Journalism School.    Rebecca is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and holds a graduate degree from Columbia University; where she was a communications and events fellow in the school of the arts, an M.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Liberal Arts/Business Administration, and a certificate in Child Development. She also studied publishing, digital, and print communications at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies (2015-2016)

Rebecca Nicholson, Director of Research & Communications

Rebecca Nichloson has over ten years of experience in digital and print communications and content development. She is writer/editor for the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), providing communications support for the organization’s energy efficiency programs, outreach efforts, and field research. She’s worked at the National Audubon Society (New York), as climate content coordinator with the nonprofit’s Climate Initiative team. She’s also held the role of communications associate in the civic tech sector, developing communications plans, and content for technology programs and pilots for public good. Additional experience includes work at The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Journalism School.

Rebecca is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and holds a graduate degree from Columbia University; where she was a communications and events fellow in the school of the arts, an M.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Liberal Arts/Business Administration, and a certificate in Child Development. She also studied publishing, digital, and print communications at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies (2015-2016)

Christal Andrews,  Finance Director   Christal Andrews is a proud graduate of Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics. She is a Book Keeper for the Hassen Group and oversees various businesses from supermarkets to real-estate. She believes that there is more to life than being successful in school or at work. She believes in connecting with people on a humane level, past race, socioeconomic class or sex.    Joining Art 4 New York was based on the decision that the elderly love entertainment just as much as anyone else. She decided to use her skills from book keeping and having one on one sessions with CPA and entrepreneurs and put it to good use.    When Christal's not working or volunteering, she's traveling to new places, trying various cuisines in the city or taking coding classes.


Christal Andrews, Finance Director

Christal Andrews is a proud graduate of Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics. She is a Book Keeper for the Hassen Group and oversees various businesses from supermarkets to real-estate. She believes that there is more to life than being successful in school or at work. She believes in connecting with people on a humane level, past race, socioeconomic class or sex.

Joining Art 4 New York was based on the decision that the elderly love entertainment just as much as anyone else. She decided to use her skills from book keeping and having one on one sessions with CPA and entrepreneurs and put it to good use.

When Christal's not working or volunteering, she's traveling to new places, trying various cuisines in the city or taking coding classes.

Alicia Cortez , Music and Social Media Director   Alicia Cortez is a a singer/songwriter. She was born in the Bronx and currently resides in Harlem. Her earliest musical inspirations were Selena, Mariah Carey, Ana Barbara, La India, Aaliyah and J.Lo. Her earliest memory of performing was for her kindergarten graduation where she played Dorothy and sang along to Judy Garland’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Currently, Alicia is taking piano classes with Napua Davoy to learn how to compose music to her lyrics. In her spare time, Alicia loves pushing her boundaries by reading, and feels most free and joyous when she is walking the city streets and singing.    A favorite quote of Alicia’s is “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the ame. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” (-Marianne Williamson) Volunteering at Art4NY, Alicia feels she is constantly surrounded by individuals who are letting their light shine and overcoming fear. This inspires her tremendously. Most importantly, Alicia wants to exemplify love, compassion and kindness. Volunteering at Art4NY has allowed her to practice these daily in her life. And as our resident singer, she has been exposed to so much new, timeless, classic music when researching songs for each new program!


Alicia Cortez, Music and Social Media Director

Alicia Cortez is a a singer/songwriter. She was born in the Bronx and currently resides in Harlem. Her earliest musical inspirations were Selena, Mariah Carey, Ana Barbara, La India, Aaliyah and J.Lo. Her earliest memory of performing was for her kindergarten graduation where she played Dorothy and sang along to Judy Garland’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Currently, Alicia is taking piano classes with Napua Davoy to learn how to compose music to her lyrics. In her spare time, Alicia loves pushing her boundaries by reading, and feels most free and joyous when she is walking the city streets and singing.

A favorite quote of Alicia’s is “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the ame. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” (-Marianne Williamson) Volunteering at Art4NY, Alicia feels she is constantly surrounded by individuals who are letting their light shine and overcoming fear. This inspires her tremendously. Most importantly, Alicia wants to exemplify love, compassion and kindness. Volunteering at Art4NY has allowed her to practice these daily in her life. And as our resident singer, she has been exposed to so much new, timeless, classic music when researching songs for each new program!

Lauren Baxter,  Development and Creative Director   Lauren is a Georgia native who moved to New York City in the summer of 2016. She has a degree in theatre from Armstrong State University. She is a singer who enjoys performing in the city. She enjoys seeing Broadway shows, hanging out in Central Park and spending quality time with friends. She can also name all of the U.S. presidents and looks forward to the day when it is a marketable skill. She has a grandmother who lives in a nursing home in Georgia and though she wishes she was singing to her on Sundays, she gets to serve someone's grandmother and grandfather with Art 4 New York and the experience has been endlessly rewarding. She is currently the Creative Specialist at Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


Lauren Baxter, Development and Creative Director

Lauren is a Georgia native who moved to New York City in the summer of 2016. She has a degree in theatre from Armstrong State University. She is a singer who enjoys performing in the city. She enjoys seeing Broadway shows, hanging out in Central Park and spending quality time with friends. She can also name all of the U.S. presidents and looks forward to the day when it is a marketable skill. She has a grandmother who lives in a nursing home in Georgia and though she wishes she was singing to her on Sundays, she gets to serve someone's grandmother and grandfather with Art 4 New York and the experience has been endlessly rewarding. She is currently the Creative Specialist at Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Dina Lewis,  Community School Director   Dina Lewis is a mentor, actress, singer and director based out of New York City. However, Dina is proud to be raised as a Southern belle from Miami, Florida. Dina developed the Theatre Arts program in a high school in East Harlem where she gets to pour out her love of theatre daily into young people through teaching and directing the school’s productions. Dina firmly believes that “All things are possible through Christ” and one should never ever give up on your dream! In her spare time, Dina can be found singing in church, snuggled up with a great book or at a table with a delicious meal shared with her close friends .


Dina Lewis, Community School Director

Dina Lewis is a mentor, actress, singer and director based out of New York City. However, Dina is proud to be raised as a Southern belle from Miami, Florida. Dina developed the Theatre Arts program in a high school in East Harlem where she gets to pour out her love of theatre daily into young people through teaching and directing the school’s productions. Dina firmly believes that “All things are possible through Christ” and one should never ever give up on your dream! In her spare time, Dina can be found singing in church, snuggled up with a great book or at a table with a delicious meal shared with her close friends.

Katie Oxman,  Resident Musical Theatre Performer   Katie Oxman is a New York based Actress, proud member of the Actors Equity Association and a proud New Yorker. She has worked in regional theatres from Pittsburgh to Connecticut, can be seen in two episodes of 'Candid Camera' on TVLand, and more than anything loves creative projects, like bringing music and art to groups at the nursing home. She also creates for Instagram    @Katherinealice    collaborating on creative color projects.


Katie Oxman, Resident Musical Theatre Performer

Katie Oxman is a New York based Actress, proud member of the Actors Equity Association and a proud New Yorker. She has worked in regional theatres from Pittsburgh to Connecticut, can be seen in two episodes of 'Candid Camera' on TVLand, and more than anything loves creative projects, like bringing music and art to groups at the nursing home. She also creates for Instagram @Katherinealice collaborating on creative color projects.

Manuel "Lazaro" Ramirez,  Resident Painter   Manuel "Lazaro" Ramirez has always been inspired by the visual arts. As a child, he idolized artists like Bill Alexander and Bob Ross and picked up his own brush at age 11. He loves sharing his art through A4NY and making gifts for the residents. When he is not drawing or painting he studies technology and is an elderly companion. He currently resides in Washington Heights and has Dominican and Cuban roots.


Manuel "Lazaro" Ramirez, Resident Painter

Manuel "Lazaro" Ramirez has always been inspired by the visual arts. As a child, he idolized artists like Bill Alexander and Bob Ross and picked up his own brush at age 11. He loves sharing his art through A4NY and making gifts for the residents. When he is not drawing or painting he studies technology and is an elderly companion. He currently resides in Washington Heights and has Dominican and Cuban roots.