Board of Directors
Cindy Maguire is Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Art & Design Education Program and the Levermore Global Scholars Program at Adelphi University. She also Co-Directs ArtsAction Group and Creative Art Start, an after-school and summer arts program for K-8 children and youth. Before joining Adelphi, Cindy was a Senior Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, as well as an adjunct faculty member in Pratt Institute and New York University’s Art Education Programs. Maguire also taught visual arts education in the Los Angeles City Schools for over eight years. Her research interests include human rights and social justice education, play, STEM to STEAM, and the role of collaborative and socially engaged art in personal and social transformation. Maguire received her PhD in Art Education from New York University, MA in Studio Art and Art Education from California State University Long Beach, and her BA in Art Education from the University of Kansas. Working with a range of media, Maguire’s primary focus in her own art is collage and printmaking. In addition to creating work as a solo artist, she also designs and produces community-based collaborative art with children and youth. Her collaborative work has been exhibited in Los Angeles and the New York City Metro area as well as internationally.
Rob McCallum (PhD - New York University) is an Art and Design Education educator and the Co-Director of Creative Art Start, an after-school and summer arts program for K-8 children and youth. McCallum is also an adjunct faculty member in the Art Education Program at New York University and Art Educator at the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. Prior to coming the USA, McCallum was Head of the Department of Fine Art and then Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. As Dean he was involved in the transformation of the institution away from apartheid structures. McCallum received his PhD in Art Education from New York University, MA in Art Education from Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar, and BA Art from Cape Town University, South Africa. McCallum is also a practicing artist and has exhibited his work at numerous solo and group shows in South Africa including the Karen McKerron Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery, and the University of Durban-Westville Gallery. His work has been published in the Creative Arts Diary based in Cape Town and is in public collections including the Anglo American Foundation, Market Theatre Foundation, University of Durban-Westville Collection and Provident Fund Corporation in South Africa. His art has been reviewed in numerous publications and television media in South Africa. McCallum also designs and produces community-based collaborative art with children and youth in New York City as well as internationally.
Devika Coles is an educator who is passionate about the arts and about yoga. She holds a Masters of Art in Art Education from New York University and a 200-hour yoga teaching certification recognized by Yoga Alliance. Devika previously taught media arts in Los Angeles and for six years in a public high school in New York City that served Latino immigrant youth who were English Language Learners (ELLs). Devika used documentary photography, video, and multi-media to help her students explore different social justice issues and develop English language literacy. She believes that all people should have access to creating art and practicing yoga because these processes enable individuals to cultivate deeper connections between the body and mind that can lead to personal empowerment and societal transformation. Devika currently lives and teaches yoga in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband and two children.
Jancis Long holds a PhD and is a Clinical Psychologist. She is Vice Chairperson/Assistant Directors for Psychologists for Social Responsibility Peace and Reconciliation Program.
Sofia Fazel is a student at Adelphi University who will graduate in May 2020 with a BA in Communications and Media Studies. She first got involved with ArtsAction Group through the Adelphi study abroad program and fell in love with the type of collaborations ArtsAction Group advocates for. She strives to use her experience overseas as a way to connect communities and build strong relationships with the individuals she works with on site.