Because we believe that diversity and the arts enrich our local and global communities, we endeavor to "bridge worlds" by nurturing intercultural connection through artistic events and in educational settings.
We work to create and support educational programming and artistic cultural initiatives that celebrate diversity and nurture empathy.
The organization is able to bring programming and events to schools, hospitals and other establishments locally and globally through the support of public partners and private philanthropists.
Meet The Team
Maria was born and raised in Bolivia and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She received her B.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State. She has now lived in Fort Wayne for over 7 years working to effect positive change in community development and education. She has worked and volunteered with various organizations and business including Allen County Purdue Extension Office, Southwest Honey Company, Catholic Charities, Brightpoint, Waynedale News, and more. In her free time she enjoys being in nature and travelling. She is proud to be on the board of this organization bringing culture, diversity and bilingualism - all passions close to her heart.
Kelsie is a native Hoosier, who lived, studied and worked in abroad in South American and Europe, (The Netherlands, Greece, Spain and Chile). She speaks Spanish and basic modern Greek. She received was an Eli Lilly scholar who received her B.A. from Butler University in International Studies and Spanish and her Master's in International Laws from the University of Maastricht of Holland & the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She has taught at PFW in the International Studies Dept. She is an educator, singer and the mother of two daughters, who she and her husband raise bilingually. Kelsie works to nurture projects that value and celebrate diversity and multiculturalism. She is very pleased to be a part of this organization together with other change-makers in the world!
Megan is a Bishop Luers alumna, and graduate of St. Mary's College of Notre Dame with a master's in Special Education from the University of St. Francis. She has taught in Ghana, West Africa and locally at Towles Montessori School (FWCS) with children in grades 1 through 6 in areas of reading, math, and social development. She continues to teach state-wide. She co-founded an educational enrichment program teaching conservation of pollinator-bees. Megan enjoys learning and exploring cultures and has travelled to Japan, Egypt and Costa Rica. In addition, she has also served on the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Board and has a special connection to the arts, and multicultural learning that celebrate diversity and nurture empathy. She is excited to add her talent and heart to this organization building bridges of change!
Toni is a retired teacher and life-long supporter of arts and education initiatives both locally and globally. She has been involved in Project Reads supporting the love of learning and literacy from an early age. She also gives philanthropically to organizations she believes in and institutes of higher education, such as Indiana Wesleyan and her alma matter, St. Francis University, where she received her Bachelor and Master's degrees. She enjoys spending time with family and especially her great nieces and nephews. In her free time she enjoys travelling internationally and will soon accomplish a life-goal to set foot on all 7 continents! She is honored to be on the board of this non-profit with a mission that aligns with her own life mission of bringing quality arts, education and cultural learning experiences to young people.