American street artist and award winning filmmaker Tysen Knight was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but called New Jersey his home until moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after high school. Tysen currently resides in Palm Springs, California, where his artwork can be found throughout the area; as well as hanging in local galleries.
Southern California based photographic artist Chari Godakanda was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After moving to Palm Springs, California in 1996 he was introduced to the world of professional photography, film & imaging. In 2002 he launched “the studio”, a design & fine art print studio. Chari’s personal photography has primarily documented human life, religion, culture & their interaction with one another. After photographing in digital format for many years, in 2009 he rediscovered his love for film & began capturing moments on 120 b&w film.
Chari has strived to combine his photography with his passion for equality, education, social justice & community outreach. He has worked on several middle and high school youth programs, including teaching photography at the Palm Springs Art Museum, mentoring high school students and recently collaborating with the City of Palm Springs and the Unified School District on the 2017 photography project Portraits of a City project. For six years Chari served his community as an EMT & a certified volunteer firefighter with the Riverside County Fire Department achieving the title of crew leader & the president of the volunteer fire company station #36 in North Palm Springs.
Josiah Ihem is a Southern California based artist whose focuses are in painting, dance, and murals. A common theme that he explores is the natural world and spirituality through form and color. Josiah Ihem is currently enrolled at CSUB as a graduate student working towards a teaching credential.
Education: BA Fine Art California State University Bakersfield
Michael Shawn Cuevas
Michael Shawn Cuevas is CA based performance artist . This Coachella Valley native blends anecdotes from his upbringing and whimsical journeys all over California and the West Coast using poetry as a platform for community empowerment to both challenge and compliment the status quo of the human experience and create a safe space for expression to build leadership and self esteem .
Ray has been an Artist In Residence for the Palm Springs Unified School District for the past twelve years. During that time, he has produced several outstanding musical performing groups including steel drum, taiko drum and world drum. Ray is an award winning, retired band director, with a lifetime teaching credential and a PhD in music. His creativity extends to graphic design, and he has produced dozens of posters and several books documenting the arts programs in Palm Springs Unified School District. He is proud to bring his love of the arts, and passion for social justice to the Boys Arts Mentoring program.
Chris Bishop is a dancer, graphic artist and DJ born and raised in the Coachella Valley. He began his street dance journey in 2008 during his senior year at Cathedral City High School after getting inspired from a local B-boy performance. Since then, Chris embarked on a 10 year journey of battling and learning from many influential Poppers in the Los Angeles and Bay Area dance scenes, and continues to spread the knowledge to future generations.
Chris holds a B.A. in Sociology with administrative studies emphasizing in marketing and advertising from the University of California, Riverside. While in Riverside, Chris teamed up with local artists to start a collective called the 1212 Sessions which hosts hip-hop dance events for the community. He is also the Inland Empire chapter director for Everybody Dance Now!, a national nonprofit that provides hip-hop and street dance programming for youth around the country.
Chris's passion for community work, art and music are what drive him to continue his journey of empowering others in the community.
Louisa Castrodale is the ARTS Coordinator for Palm Springs Unified School District. She has a passion for working with the arts, particularly when they can be used to serve a specific need for students. She is an artist, poet, activist and speaks throughout the country on the value and importance of the arts in education. She is deeply committed to the principles behind Boys Arts Mentoring, and looks forward to a flourishing program, that inspires the hopes and aspirations of young men in PSUSD.