Kevin Ray Jones
K. Ray Jones performs at theatres all across the upstate – Spartanburg Little Theatre, Center State, Glow Lyric Theatre, The Warehouse and Proud Mary Theatre Company. The Mosaic students especially enjoyed him in the role of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid at Spartanburg Little Theatre.
When not onstage, Ray teaches at Cyclebar Spartanburg and travels all over as a front man with the Emerald Empire party band company. Ray challenges the Mosaic students to always find joy in imagination and play regardless of their age.
Nayelli Martinez is a current student at the University of South Carolina, and graduate of the Mosaic program. Nayelli performed with the International Dance Academy (IDA) here in Greenville, and performed all over South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Nayelli sees Mosaic as a unique place where she was able to surround herself with others who looked like her, in a place where people genuinely cared about her. Nayelli sees herself in all of the kids, and constantly reminds them to be proud of their uniqueness and confident in who they are as indiviuals.
Tiffany Ramos, a proud Queer, Queens, New York City native, attended Boston University for Fine Art with a focus in Painting, primarily utilizing oil paints, while experimenting with sculpture, printmaking, and illustration throughout their process. As a first-generation individual, living in a densely multicultural environment and working with multiple communities has greatly influenced their interest in identity, social communication, activism through artistic expression, and connection. They have a powerful interest in how cultures change over time, how people identify with others and themselves, individuals’ distinct perspectives, and the various connections between them all. In their work as an artist and teaching artist, Tiffany aims to empower students and audiences to take pride in their identity, to unapologetically communicate through art, and to see how art can be applied to daily life.
Jeff is a theatre producer, videographer, photographer, and writer, who has worked for many Greenville theatres including Glow Lyric Theatre, Centre Stage Theatre, and the Warehouse. At Mosaic, Jeff has taught improv, theatre, scriptwriting, and served as the Assistant Program Manager. His favorite part of working for these other terrific artistic organizations was when he got to bring Mosaic students to special theatre showings of shows such as In the Heights and Jekyll and Hyde, or setting up fundraising cabarets and events to help spread awareness for the Mosaic program. He now resides in Athens Georgia, but travels back whenever he can to hang out with the best kiddos in the Upstate!
Jasmin Rubio Monge
Jasmin Rubio Monge is a graduate of the Mosaic program. She attended the International Dance Academy (IDA) here in Greenville for five years as a student. She has performed and taught in Spartanburg, Hendersonville, Greenville, Atlanta, and Mexico. Jasmin uses dance, cultural workshops, and general conversations to empower the Mosaic students to find beauty and pride in their cultures.
cultural dance & visual art
Valeria started with Mosaic when she was in K-4, and she is now a Sophomore in High School. She is a talented dancer and visual artist. Along with attending classes at Mosaic, Valeria began dancing at the International Dance Academy when she was eleven years old.
While only in Middle School, Valeria choreographed pieces for the Cultural Dance Class in preparation for Mosaic's Annual Cultural Celebration. After Middle School, Valeria has continued at Mosaic as a Cultural Dance teacher during the school year program, counselor during the summer program, and Visual Art teacher to Mosaic's littlest students during the Summer Arts Camp.
Valeria enjoys working with students and hopes to continue with Mosaic for a long time.
Chase McAbee is the Director of Choral Activities at High Point Academy. He has performed all across the Upstate, and served as musical director at a variety of local theatres. Chase enjoys exposing the Mosaic students to different musical genres, and even has them learn musical pieces in different languages.
The Project Host Soup Kitchen began in 1981 as an extension of St. Andrew's Church. In 1994, they moved to their current address to accommodate more people. The imminent need to attack issues of hunger and poverty in Greenville has remained at the core of Project Host’s growth. The Garden opened on-site in 1998, followed by the CC Pearce Culinary School in 2003 and the Cooking for Kids program in 2007.
Polly Gaillard is a fine art photographer, writer, and educator. For more than ten years, she has taught photography workshops and college courses including summer study abroad programs in Prague, Czech Republic, and Cortona, Italy. She has exhibited her fine art photographs nationally and published a limited edition artist book, Pressure Points, with a foreword by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Polly received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010