News // July 6, 2019

JXTA Squad Updates: July 2019

BY: JXTA

We’ve had quite a few new faces join the team at JXTA, and some of our staff members have shifted roles. Read on for recent updates to the #JXTASquad!

 

NEW FACES:

Takara Henegar

Role:

Development Manager

Started at JXTA:

March 2019

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

We have dope programming, events, projects, etc. that will take place during our 25th anniversary in 2020. I can’t wait to meet and thank JXTA’s longtime participants, neighbors, and supporters and include them in the 25th anniversary festivities, too. Lastly, JXTA’s capacity is growing and I can’t wait to see how our resources grow, too! JXTA has been doing amazing things on a smaller budget, but it is time for our financial resources to be on pace with that amazing work. I am excited to collaborate with the entire team to engage new and ongoing supporters in that conversation.

 

Abdul-Hafeez Nakumbe

Role:

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Started at JXTA:

September 2018

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I am excited to continue working on programming strategies over the next year. I’m working on adjusting recruitment strategies to reach recruitment goals (50% Northside youth), as well as refining Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) curriculum and strengthening partner relationships. I’m also excited to buy more JXTA gear and product!

 

Greta Kotz

Role:

Graphic Design Lab Lead

Started at JXTA:

May 2018

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

JXTA has developed so much flexibility in what we can do within our lab programs and graphic design projects. I’m so excited to share that with our apprentices and see what they create!

 

Mason Lambert

Role:

Buildings and Grounds Manager

Started at JXTA:

March 2019

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

This will be my first year at JXTA, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the new apprentices develop in our programming. I’ve already seen how they evolve in the VALT program, and you can see how their confidence grows, so I’m excited to see what happens during a year in our program.

 

Robbie Seltzer

Role:

Environmental Design Lab Lead

Started at JXTA:

January 2019

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I am most excited to collaborate across the JXTA labs. I’ve never been in a work or school setting where there are so many different talents under one roof. And that means we can make things that aren’t possible elsewhere. As Alex said the other day, when Enviro was helping Textile build a 24-foot-long fabric-printing table, “JXTA is unstoppable.”

 

Gabby Coll

Role:

Communications Manager

Started at JXTA:

May 2018

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I want to keep thinking big and planning for the future of JXTA. There are so many opportunities for engagement, expansion, and positive growth in this next year and beyond.

 

Alex Smith

Role:

Textiles & Screen Printing Lab Lead

Started at JXTA:

May 2018

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I’m most excited to bring the JXTA clothing line into the world, and to keep furthering our art.

 

NEW ROLES:

Kristen Murray

Role:

Director of Programs

Started at JXTA:

2013

 What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I’m excited to dream about and plan for the future of JXTA’s campus with apprentices, staff and community members.

 

Adrienne Doyle

Role:

Development Associate & Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead

Started at JXTA:

2015 (JXTA alum)

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I’m excited to celebrate our 25th year of programming in 2020 with the artists, apprentices, and community members that make JXTA work.

 

Jared Hanks

Role:

Head of Business Development

Started at JXTA:

2014

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I’m most excited for all the cool projects and collaborations that we’ll be a part of in this upcoming year!

 

Patricio De Lara

Role:

Graphic Design Lab Assistant & Communications Assistant

Started at JXTA:

Summer 2017 (JXTA Alum)

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

All of us at JXTA are in a mutual space of creative expression, and i’m excited to see what our collective imagination can do to push the envelope, tell meaningful stories, and create a passionate community.

 

Jahliah Holloman

Role:

Outreach and Engagement Assistant

Started at JXTA:

Summer 2012 (JXTA Alum)

What are you most excited for in the coming year at JXTA?

I am excited to see how the campus physically changes and how this will affect our capacity for creation within and around JXTA. I’m also excited to see more time-lapse videos of the Art created at JXTA, like the restoration of the Liberation Wall on the main building.