Silvia Marinache

Director and Founder

Silvia opened Kids’ Canvas in 2009 while searching for a fun social environment for her daughter. She noticed a lack of appropriate child care options in her own neighborhood, Bushwick and decided to offer arts classes to local kids. She offers visual and performing arts opportunities for kids in a setting that promotes learning, fun and healthy social interaction. Silvia holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and has completed graduate courses in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College and Executive Education courses at Harvard Business School. She is also a founding member of the Bushwick Food Cooperative. Her two children both attended Kids’ Canvas.

Robert Greene

Assistant Director and Theater Teacher

Robert Greene has B.A in Drama Education from South Carolina State University and a M.F.A from the University of Louisville. He has been an educator for over 10 years and during this time has taught students of all ages, from Daycare to College. He is the former Chair of Drama for Sacred Heart School for Arts, where he started a community outreach program called Improv for Education. The program captured Robert’s vision of using Improv as a means to create social awareness in at risk students in order to strengthen community development. Outside of education Robert is a working actor and a proud member of The Indicators, an improv comedy troupe. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and the African-American Theatre Program. His education motto is “ the world is a classroom and experience is our best teacher”. Robert has been at Kids’ Canvas since 2010.

Liliana Salamone

Spanish and Classroom Teacher

Lily is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia. She introduces children to the Spanish language through reading and songs. Lily has a degree in Respiratory Therapy and is a mother of two children who attended Kids’ Canvas in their preschool years.

Erica Young

Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Director

Erica Young has been supporting children her entire career. She worked as a fundraising representative for a children’s cancer research hospital, and then for a local nonprofit here in NYC. Wanting to have a daily impact with children, she completed a graduate program at New York University where she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education.

Erica taught at a private nursery school prior to starting her own family, and for the last six years she ran a play group for children ages 2-3 and also taught toddler dance and movement classes. Erica’s passion is learning through movement and enjoys finding ways to connect our bodies and how we move with learning experiences. Erica lives in Greenpoint with her husband, three children, two cats, and a dog.