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.
Interim Educational Director
Amanda is a Professionally Certified Teacher with over 12 years of experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter College and her AMI Montessori diploma “Casa de Bambini” from Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR. Amanda believes that children can teach us as much as we teach them! Respect, unity, compassion, and peace all have a place in each of our lives. Amanda has no doubt that modeling and instilling these concepts with our youngest citizens can do wonders for our constantly evolving world. In her free time, Amanda is an avid dancer and lover of all forms of artistic expression.
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.
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.