Angela Tripi-Weiss, Executive Director, cited as the best art program developer in Susan Manzell's book, "How To Get your Child an Excellent Education in NYC", is an award winning artist, educator, teacher trainer, curriculum/program developer and administrator. She has always focused on the development of children’s voices through the fine art. Her unique, progressive fine art program, Arts in Action Visual Art Program teaches young art students an age-appropriate visual art language that is sequentially structured and skills based. Children are exposed to fine art skills, and concepts  through various media, and are led to discover, explore, enjoy and express their individual visions while learning a progressive series of skills, and concepts. This is all accomplished in a highly supportive setting that fosters creative thinking. In addition to her work with children, she has also developed and implemented a creative process known as "Abstract Visualization". This mental health process was incorporated into the treatment of rescue workers and survivors of 9/11. Mental health professionals at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in downtown Manhattan were trained to utilize this technique.

Ms. Tripi-Weiss was the Artist-in-Residence/Art Program Director, and teacher trainer at the William T. Sherman School P.S.87 and the Special Music School in NYC for 17 years. She has created, and curated a city wide series of four traveling exhibitions called "Healing Arts", which incorporated a body of 40 works created by the rescuers and survivors of 9/11. Ms Tripi-Weiss was a per diem art & science workshop developer and classroom art teacher at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC for seven years. She has also taught and developed workshops for Science Through The Arts Organization which provides unique enrichment art/science programming for many private, and public schools throughout NYC. Prior to her career in art education, Angela was an Anatomical Reconstructive Artist at Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, and Veterans Administration Hospital in NYC.

Ms. Tripi-Weiss has completed a ASSO in advertising, fashion design at FIT, a BFA in painting, and sculpting the human figure from Pratt, studied multimedia approaches in rendering the human figure at The National Academy of Art in NYC, a two year fellowship in Reconstructive Medical Arts from Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, a one year fellowship in Ocular Reconstruction at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in NYC, a one year intensive fellowship at The International Trauma Studies Program at NYU where she gained a greater understanding of the causes of PTSD, Trauma, and treatment modalities where she could incorporate her art background in the healing process of those suffering with PTSD.  Angela is a Three-Time NYC Blackboard Awards Winner for Excellence in Fine Art Education, and cited in The Who's Who in Education. She has exhibited her own art through the West Side Artists Coalition juried exhibitions at the Ansonia and Cork Galleries, as well as other gallery venues.


Hanna Lee Gibbs graduated with institutional and departmental honors from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fine Art. She also studied Art History and Fine Art at the SACI and Lorenzo De’Medici schools in Florence and at the ASA program at Oxford University. Hanna has been a team teacher/instructor with Arts in Action VAP for the past year and has loved learning the AIAVAP pedagogy, while working with children of all ages. Prior to working at AIAVAP, Hanna worked as the assistant to the director at Soufer Gallery, and Kouros Gallery. She worked as a kindergarten teacher in her hometown in Norway. Hanna is actively pursuing her art making process from her art studio in NYC. Presently her art consists of paintings concerning time and association explored through semi abstract landscapes and figurescapes. Her work has been exhibited at Converge Gallery, OK Studios, Gallery Bar, Kouros Gallery, A. & S. Aronson Gallery and Parsons Gallery. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the G60 Cultural Center in Norway. In 2015 she was one of nine artists to be selected to participate in the One World Observatory’s “Inspired” campaign at the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center.


Julieta Varela - born and raised in New York City. She studied Visual Arts at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and completed her Undergraduate Degree at Hunter College with a double major in Studio Art and Art History. She was the Visual Art Unit Head at the New Country Day Camp and at the 14th Street YMCA’s Pause Play Program. She has loved the experience she is having as an AIAVAP team teaching staff member because of her verve for sharing with children her knowledge through the AIAVAP pedagogy, and curriculum which has a special place for her because as a child Julieta was a student in one of the elementary schools the AIA curriculum was designed and administered by AIAVAP's founder, and Program Director, Angela Tripi-Weiss. Julieta is involved in several different artistic collectives, including Blue Cube Artist’s Cooperative, Brujas and Nuestra Cultura. She has exhibited work at Heath Gallery, Con Artist Gallery, Starr Bar, Recess and The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery. She has participated in performance pieces at the Kymberle project gallery, and at the MOMA’s annual Pop Rally. Julieta works as one of the founding members of the Hang Night team, organizing the Heath Gallery’s monthly spontaneous art and performance series. Julieta’s present art work consists of drawings, paintings and mixed media compositions which incorporaterepurposed materials. Her work is concerned with the natural world and the communities that survive albeit modernization and climate change. Her focus on botany and aquatic environments stem from considerations of the space between her hometown of New York and her family’s roots in Brazil.