In 2012, Indira came back to the San Francisco Bay Area after a four-year bicycle journey that brought her to cross thirteen countries of the American continent. She is co-founder of the project 2greenprints.org, Director of Programing at the Red Poppy Art House and artist teacher at Marsh Youth Theater. Indira also exhibits her artistic work throughout the Bay Area.
Indira Urrutia, is Chilean-born and immigrated to New Haven, Connecticut in 1986 with her entire family. She finished high school to continue her higher education at Southern Connecticut State University where she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art with a specialty in Photography. Since then, Indira has followed her passion for photography with explorations into other formats such as mixed media, installation art and experimental video. Teaching allows her to transmit the importance of free artistic expression in a safe environment that guides the students to experiment with there own creativity.
Melody found the Red Poppy Art House hiding around the corner from her apartment soon after moving to San Francisco. Born in Boston and raised in Taiwan, she enjoys making her acquaintance with various cities and cultures. She began playing the piano at the age of 3 and eventually studied ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, where she found a fascination with West African music and dance. Melody is a strong believer of the power of music, and hopes to influence communities through engagement and discussion of the arts.
Julianne is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and a transplant to San Francisco. She is actively engaged with the Bay Area arts community and finds her involvement with the Red Poppy especially fulfilling. Julianne is interested in cross-cultural communications, art education, and cultural diplomacy. She is an avid traveler and her love of culture, language, and art have brought her to many different countries around the globe. Julianne also works full time at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda.
Elizabeth came to the Red Poppy through a performance art collaboration with Red Poppy founder Todd Thomas Brown. A world traveler and entrepreneur, she is excited to merge her doctoral studies in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education and Social Change, with her passion to create spaces that cultivate community innovators. In addition to co-creating the Development Track for artist-community innovators at the Red Poppy Art House, Elizabeth also teaches a 3-year old Creative Movement class at Dance Mission Theatre, and is co-founder of Be Social Change, an education platform for social innovators. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking food for friends, exploring nature, and dancing. Her favorite quote is: “ I wish that every human life might be pure, transparent freedom”, by Simone de Beauvoir.
Sofia comes from a small arts community in her hometown Pomona, where she discovered the importance of arts within the community. She studied Psychology at San Francisco state and has continued living in San Francisco. En la Misión, she is spending her time helping lead the Family Art program and working as Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteering at the Poppy she has found the same appreciation for the arts, culture, and community that first sparked her inspiration in her hometown.
Jeremy Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, and audio engineer. He specializes in Venezuelan traditional music, as well as the music of other Latin American countries and the Caribbean. Allen has performed nationally and internationally for over 17 years showcasing the music of Latin America.
He is bassist, percussionist, and founding member of the pan Latin-American jazz group Quijeremá; performing, touring and recording with the multi-media arts ensemble since 2002. In addition to national and international performances with Quijeremá, Allen produces Quijeremá’s original music and sound design for documentary and short feature films. Most recently he recorded, co-produced, and co-arranged the score and musical audio for the PBS/ITVS film “Archaeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi en Trés Cantos”.www.quijerema.com
Allen holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Urban Education and is the owner and engineer of Musiquito Studios, an independent recording studio in Oakland, California. Allen also is an adept instructor of youth multi-media education, producer of the Albany Film Festival and moonlights in customized audio-visual installations for municipal government and arts organizations. www.musiquitoproductions.com
Maggie Wilson stumbled across the Poppy while searching for jobs in the arts and could not be happier. She studied English and Theatre at UC Berkeley and firmly believes that performance and the arts brings communities together and sparks important discussions. She was involved in Vagina Monologues at UC Berkeley as well as several performance art pieces, and play writing. Currently she resides in SF, works with kids in Marin, and spends spare time drinking coffee, playing frisbee, or walking around this beautiful city.
A Bay Area local, Aleksandra Bril incidentally encountered The Red Poppy on the internet. Upon first entering the space, she immediately felt the unique sense of comfort, care, and inspiration that permeates the walls of The Poppy. Like the rest of The Poppy community, Aleksandra believes that individuals and collectives can be inspired and transformed under the alluring power of the arts. Her own artistic transformations have been the result of engaging with improvisational theater and poetic verse.