Executive Director | started JXTA: 1995
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – author unknown
Want to know what DeAnna Cummings is about? Look around Juxtaposition Arts. One of the founders of the organization, DeAnna has poured her heart and soul into the place. Her inspiration? The awesome power of the arts to create new things, new ideas, better relationships, and more connected and empowered people. “We’re making the world a better place in deep ways and I’m honored to be a part of it,” says DeAnna.
Artistic Director | started JXTA: 1995
“‘When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master – that’s all.’
If Roger Cummings had a mantra, it would likely be a variation on “learn by doing” — “learn by doing art.” One of the founders of Juxtaposition Arts and its artistic director, Roger embraces non-traditional approaches to education and artistic practice with very concrete outcomes in mind: training young people to become working artists with the entrepreneurial and leadership skills necessary to make a living and make a difference in their community.
Gallery & Contemporary Arts Director | started w/JXTA: 2004
B.A. Visual Arts Education – Northwestern College | M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts
“A work […] generates its own discourse. At a minimum, if affects its own discourse, At a maximum, within artistic practice, it demands the receiver to take a critical position within the material world.” -Michael Asher
A practicing artist with an arts residency and gallery shows to his credit, one of the things Nate Young likes most about his work is the passion and motivation he observes in the young people he meets at JXTA. He’s motivated by the fact that he’s able to provide high-quality arts education to youth who are committed and engaged. In addition to his work at JXTA, Nate runs The Bindery Project artist space and plays a pretty mean game of ping pong.