- A wise and trusted counselor, teacher or guide.
- A relationship where one person empowers another
At Inverted Arts we are passionate about relationships that empower disadvantaged and underserved youth. Our network of Artist Mentors are leaders who are committed to pouring themselves into others, identifying their God-given potential and helping them grow and flourish.
The following is a list of those Artist Mentors who will serve in various projects, product development, art camps, art exploration programs and in creative collaboration. Through this association Inverted Arts commits to serve and support these Artist Mentors in their own creative work and efforts. Please take the time to get to know these talented folks and visit their websites to see what they’re cooking up.
Shanell McCoy is a Christian singer-songwriter and speaker from Minneapolis, Minnesota with over ten years of experience in youth and social justice work. Active in her community, Shanell is a powerful speaker and performer that uses her platform to facilitate conversations and speak on panels across the Twin Cities addressing racial justice, healthy relationships, and mental wellness.
Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the CEO of The New Renaissance, LLC, frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora, and co-founder / Artistic Director of H-Cubed: Hope, Healing, Harmony, a grassroots community movement centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, receiving a masters in Theology of the Arts. http://joedavispoetry.com/
I’m a 20-something with a heart of and soul older than vibranium; I love 3 year-olds, becoming African-American, sour skittles, theological questions, This Is Us, and hugging new people!
I am passionate about telling stories through photography. Not for the sake of stories themselves, though. For legacy, for laughs; tears, sometimes. For my siblings, neighbors, or daughters yet to exist. For the single mom over there, the politician over here, or the youth pastor in between.
I hope to tell stories, either in word or image, that challenge people to become the best version of themselves for the sake of our world. Not in a silly or fu-fu way, but in a down-to-earth, lets-look-at-your-scars kind of humility. I love being human and, more than that, becoming human through the sharing of stories with others.”
Raygen has earned a degree in Missional Ministries from Bethel University and has traveled the world documenting the lives of others. She recently completed a year-long journey in Memphis, TN to create a film on her family’s history.
Josh and Morgan Chitwood – Minneapolis, MN
After winning 2nd place in the 2012 Bridgestone’s Teens Drive Smart Video Contest, Josh Chitwood moved from Illinois to Minnesota where he met his wife Morgan Jensen, a North Minneapolis native. Within two weeks of meeting each other, Josh and Morgan began filming their first documentary film. As their relationship grew, so did their network of clients and opportunities. In 2013, Josh and Morgan produced and filmed a short documentary called “Welcome To North.” This film went on to receive First Place, as well as Audience Choice, in the 2013 RE/MAX Results Twin Cities Neighborhood Film Festival. This financial success and public recognition, was the launching pad for their career together. In 2014, Chitwood Media became an official business and has developed a community of diverse clientele, both locally and nationally. Josh and Morgan have had the opportunity to create in the Midwest, Southwest, East Coast and have streamed as far as the Middle East. The heart of of Josh and Morgan’s work is to create diverse media that cultivates inspiration, expands perspective, empowers community & affirms hope. When they aren’t creating films, Josh and Morgan like to spend time with their son, Marquelle, go to concerts, thrift, cook and eat Lebanese food, make art, explore the city, bike, spend time with family and friends, and to grow in their faith and love of Christ.
Check out their most recent work at: www.chitwoodmedia.com
Bethel is an Ethiopian-American artist based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Her art consists of various mediums, with an emphasis on photography and writing. She uses her art as a journal, documenting the beauty of the moments she is present for. Bethel is currently a journalist at Mshale African Newspaper and an Artist Mentor at Inverted Arts.
Yvonne is the eighth born in a family of ten comprising 5 boys and 5 girls. She is pursuing a course in Fashion design at Unity College. She plans to switch school to Buru Buru school of Arts for further training in fashion design leading to Kenya national examination council (KNEC) exams. She has always nursed a passion in design and is inspired by the current generation’s struggles with fashion trends. She wants to be one of the best designers around to help cope with the ever emerging fashion trends, and to challenge herself to come up with unique and acceptable designs for both men and women. Yvonne was a Fashion Artist Mentor at the 2017 Art Camp in Mathare and has been mentored by Philister Miruka who is also a scholarship recipient and Artist Mentor for Inverted Arts. Apart from design work she is also pursuing modeling. Yvonne wants to encourage other youth to pursue what they love most, but at the same time, not ignore their other God-given talents.
Rose Simbiri is a recent graduate of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication earning a diploma in Television Program Production. She had always wanted to study law, but changed her mind when she participated as a student assistant in video class during Art Camp. In 2017 she served as the lead Artist Mentor during the Inverted Arts Camp in Mathare. Her dream is to work with one of the production companies like Dream Works or CBS and she has plans for her own production work as well.
Kevin Otieno – Mathare Valley, Kenya
Kevin is the second born and the only boy from a family of four and grew up at Kariobangi Outreach Children’s Home after the death of his parents. He is currently a student at AFRICA FILM AND TELEVISION TALENT TRAINING INSTITUTE pursuing a course in Film and TV production. His goal is to improve and bring new ideas in our production industry. He is also a musician and is gifted in singing and keyboard. After college, he hopes to run an events Management firm for weddings, funerals, birthdays and any function that needs coverage. He also hopes to do freelance work with the main media houses. To give back, I hope to assist other students in Mathare and do documentaries for MCO (Mathare Community Outreach). Kevin served as a video Artist Mentor during the 2017 Inverted Arts Camp.
Seth is a gifted musician, composer, keyboardist and mentor who served as Artist Mentor for Music class at the 2017 Inverted Arts Camp. He is part of a creative team that is working on launching a year-round art school for students in the Nairobi area.
Joyce is the founder and Executive Director of Crossroads Panorama: Youth Education through the Arts. She has over 28 years experience writing, directing, producing, empowering youth for success, helping students excel in academics and utilize their creativity to resolve conflict. Joyce has a Ph.D. in Christian Drama and Art Therapy, an MA in Human Development, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Chad founded Humdinger Pictures in 2005 in the belief that compelling films can both entertain and inspire. Chad wrote, produced and directed his first film The Shadows of Virtue shot in Tanzania and released in 2007. In 2008 Humdinger Pictures documented the life of a Ukrainian doctor who defied the government by reaching out to the homeless children living on the streets of Kiev in Uncle Roman. In 2009 he released The Evidence of Hope; an impressionistic portrait of the lives of three unique individuals: a courageous woman in Honduras challenging the indignity within a city dump, a Filipino preacher confronting the inequity within a government, a police officer fighting the injustice within the corrupt Kenyan system as they define what it means to confront oppression through the pursuit of their divine calling. The Evidence of Hope trailer: https://vimeo.com/46432091 and other work at www.humdingerpictures.com
Sarah is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, and specializing in drawing, printmaking, painting, and art history. She grew up in Vienna, Austria, as a missionary kid and has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe studying diverse people groups, cultures, and world views. Sarah has experience working with young people through the arts in various after school programs in community, church and university settings. She has been published in art journals and currently works as a freelance artist. Sarah loves working with people, sharing her passion for art, and exploring creativity as a vehicle that has power to heal, restore, and bring joy. Check out Sarah’s artwork at Auslandish Company.
Rebecca Ulasich is an artist who has discovered photography and loves using her lens to tell the stories of ordinary people. Shaped by over 10 years experience in East Africa, her heart beats to the rhythms of many different drums: Artist, activist, adventurer, writer, tree hugger, leader. She enjoys exploring ways to marry her diverse passions for social justice and quality art with excellence in business. She holds a BA in International Studies from Taylor University, IN (where she also studied photography) and an MA in Transformational Leadership from Bethel University, MN. Rebecca currently runs her own business as lifestyle photographer in Minneapolis. www.liminalityphotography.com
Travis is owner of 5th Gen Consulting, and Sarah is a Registered Nurse. Together they also own and run Eleven Ten Productions, a recording and production studio. Travis and Sarah enjoy creativity, the outdoors and spending time with their friends, family and yellow lab, Lulu. They share a love for music, art and people. The past few years have been filled with video projects, set design and construction, songwriting and leading worship not to mention travel. Together they produce a regular vlog in their studio focused on sharing new music in a creative way. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Travis has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies and Contemporary Worship and a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary.
Jason is a Senior Technical Architect for Qlik Technologies and LaVonne is a stay-at-home mom. Both are graduates of the University of MN-Moorhead, Jason holds a Bachelors in Public Relations and LaVonne holds a Bachelors of Social Work. They live in St. Michael, MN with their three kids, Noah, Toria and Alden and two dogs and two cats. They share an appreciation for all things creative and love to find new and different ways of looking at things. Jason has a passion for working with youth and video and LaVonne is passionate about youth and music. Together they enjoy spending time with their kids, attending concerts, traveling, camping and hunting for vintage vinyl records.
In 2010, Jason had the opportunity to visit Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya and immediately fell in love with people. In 2011, LaVonne joined Jason in Kenya and together they share a passion for the people of Mathare Valley, in particular the staff and students of Mathare Community Outreach, where they have assisted with the Inverted Arts Mathare art camp for the past seven years.