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.
Xian Tao graduated from Oil Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (B.F.A) in 2013 and Parsons the New School for Design, New York (M.F.A) in 2016. She is a recipient of Parsons Dean's Merit Scholarship and Chinese American Art Council full sponsorship. Prior to working at AIAVAP, Xian worked as Teaching Assistant at Parson the New School for Design as well as Gallery Assistant at Fou Gallery in Brooklyn. Xian primarily works with painting, photography, and printmaking. Through these means of expression, she provides her creations with critical understandings of the contemporary world, raising questions about the changing connection between individuals and overall society as a result of technology and digital media. Her works have been frequently exhibited in the United States, China and Japan. She had shown her works at FingerPrint Gallery in Beijing (2017), Gallery 456 in New York (2017), Fukiage Museum of Art in Japan(2016), Participant in New York (2016), Untitled Space in New York (2016), and China Art Palace in Shanghai (2014).