Founding Youth Members

Between 2010 and 2016, East Palo Alto youth and their adult allies interviewed several hundred community members to learn about the needs and potential benefits of an arts center. These findings guided our program design, architectural design, site location, and operational development. Additionally, dozens of community leaders (youth and adult) have served on advisory committees and task forces to plan and guide the project. The project is because of them, and would not have succeeded without their passion and creativity.

Sam Afungia

Marco Aguilera

Angel Arteaga

Juan Aviles

Amber Boyd

Jasmine Broussard

Chris Brown

Shana Brown

Lasela Brown

Manutu’ufanga Brown

Daniel Calderon

Kyle Carter

Araceli Castaneda Ramirez

Carlos Chavez

Ketzalzin Cruz

Darryl Davis

Geeta Devi

Jalia Dews

Staja Edwards

Raevon Ellington

Ofa Fehoko

Maama Fihaki

Jeimy Garcia

Daniela Gomez

Alondra Gomez

Victor Gonzales

Rafael Gonzales

Shanae Greene

Jennifer Guillen

Yvonne Hamel

Jhalia Harriss

Jaquelin Henriquez

Marypaz Hermasillo

Rosa Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

JP Infante

Adrian Johnson

Taufusinatiane Kefa Brown

Monty Lauaki

Kookee Leaaetea

Daniel Liu

Freddy Lopez

Palutea Ma’afu

Alipate Ma’afu

Jashwana Macghee

Martin Macia

Palutea Maiafu

Rosamia Morales Valdez

Nancy Moran

Christian Munoz

Brenda Naranjo

Daniel (Lettle) Nava

Melissa Nunez

Jose Oseguera

Isaiah Phillips

Reba Phillips

Imelda Ramirez

Randy Randel

Nadeem Rasheed

Kimberly Rebuelta

Raul Resendiz

Mark Jon Rosel Harris

ExAvier Rushing

Christian Salinas

Jessica Salinas

Jenee Sedano

Juliette Silva

Dede Smith

ShaDai Smith

Ake Soafanua

Keyana Spencer

Pisileni Tautua’a

Sulia Teu

Mele Teu

Jules Thomas

Yahaira Torres

Mirabel Torres

Mario Tuifua

Casey Tupou

Sapiesi Tupuou

Judy (Vasi) Tutuvanu

Andrea Isabel Valencia

Patrick Vea

Susan Sana Vunga

Bryson Washington

Sophronia Seta Yasike

Many other individuals served as visionary leaders for the project at critical stages of concept development and design. Their generous investments of time, thoughtful critique, and creativity are evidenced in EPACENTER ARTS’ program content, building design, and community partnership. Whether they served on a task force, participated in a design charette, filled out a survey, or volunteered at a program, they brought our vision to life.