Todd Thomas Brown is an interdiscipinary artist engaged in performative inquiry and visual arts. As a visual artist, Brown has 25 years combined experience in oil painting and mixed media, with 11 years professional teaching experience.
He has been awarded an artist residencies with San Francisco’s de Young Museum (2009) and Residencia el Otro Lado (EDELO, Chiapas, MX. 2009/10) and was selected as one of the first three artists to initiate the de Young Museum’s current year-long Artist Fellowship Program (20011/12) funded by the James Irvine Foundation. As part of his 2009 his Residency, Brown was also commissioned by the de Young’s Department of Public Programs for the creation of his mural-scale painting “Invisible Passage.” He currently sits on the de Young’s Community Engagement Artist Council, and continues to exhibit work both nationally and internationally, most recently featured in ArtMarket Budapest 2013.
As a performing artist, Brown has been awarded grants in disciplines of music and theater, from the San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He is the Founder of the Red Poppy Art House of San Francisco (2003) and the MAPP: Mission Arts & Performance Project (2003). His most recent performance work, Teobi’s Dreaming, explores the “bio-poetic” intersection of ancestry and being, and premiered at the Red Poppy Art House in March 2014.
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.
Community Art Organizer
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.
Aleksandra Bril has been a part of the Poppy Team since September 2013. By way of great luck, she stumbled upon the Poppy online. Upon first stepping through its red doors, she could not stop smiling. The unique spirit of the room was evident in the dim lights, the sound of the boiling kettle, and three long paintings covering a bare wall. She first started out as a PR intern and later applied for and became a member of PRESENCE, the Red Poppy Development Cohort, participation in which gifted her a new sense of direction to pursue socially-conscious arts engagement. Currently, she reports on events at and affiliated with the Poppy, assists with drafting and editing press releases and is a participating host during performance programs.
A native Chicagoan, Reynolds was immediately drawn to the Poppy once she arrived in the Bay Area. Passionate about cultural policy and the support of local artists, she wanted to learn more about the cultural landscape within the Mission District and the greater Bay Area. Reynolds studied Art History at Boston College, and while in Boston acted as a Volunteer Coordinator at an after-school program where she first found her interest in connecting the arts to community engagement. She is currently pursuing her masters at the Art Institute of Chicago in Arts Administration & Policy.
Anna Laura Quinn
Anna Laura Quinn is a San Francisco native whose studies and explorations have led her to New York, New Orleans, Brazil, and back once again to the Bay Area to intern at Red Poppy. Anna discovered the intimate charm of the Poppy during a mixed-media workshop led by Todd Brown in 2013. She engages with the arts as much as she can, making jewelry from recycled materials, singing, costuming, curating shows with friends, and trying to see art as often and in as many forms as possible. She is excited to be learning from the community that exists in and around the Poppy this summer, and proud to see and participate in the work that so many people are doing to preserve the diverse cultural fabric of San Francisco.
Jaade Wills was born and raised in Southern California, and in six years time has become a San Francisco local and quinoa enthusiast. She recently graduated with a bachelors in Cross-Cultural Relations and aspires to utilize this degree within the nonprofit sector. Jaade is also a trained dancer. Although she favors the modern dance style, Jaade has also performed with West African and urban contemporary dance companies in San Francisco. Within the Red Poppy, Jaade functions as a Public Relations Intern and performance host, and aspires to provide a keen eye on future dance performance bookings.
Mackenzie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has ventured out to the beautiful West Coast for the Red Poppy’s Public Relations Internship. After attending a life-changing social justice conference in LA last summer, she has since felt overwhelmingly compelled to become involved in organizations that stand for something. The internet brought her to the Red Poppy Art House, and it turned out to provide the perfect platform for of connecting community through art, awareness and culture. Mackenzie enjoys experimenting with watercolors and collage art journals, as well as hiking and horseback riding in her spare time. She aims to bring the Red Poppy’s spirit back to the midwest and continue to influence and encourage community artistic engagement in her hometown.