Get to Know Us

LAC is a Maryland/DC based non-profit organization whose mission is to use the arts to improve and enhance the educational landscape in marginalized communities. Its primary goal is to raise awareness and money to support artistic expression through unity, inclusion and bridging economic gaps.

 

Leadership and Arts Coalition was founded two years ago by a group of creatives and community activists. During the founder’s professional careers, they noticed a lack of opportunity and education among their target audience. Our vision is to work closely with our partners across industries to teach, develop and train young people interested in pursuing a career in the arts and entertainment fields.  Idleness and social disconnection are among the biggest problems for at risk-youth today. The vulnerable youth in Washington, DC (the nation’s capital) are ranked number one.

 

LAC recognizes artists as the true historical storytellers and empowers them to help communicate, educate, advocate, and bridge gaps in marginalized and under-served communities that struggle with food insecurity, poverty, and homelessness. Our program aims to properly prepare aspiring artists, creatives, athletes, and entertainers on the business behind the fame, fortune, and stardom.

 

LAC also organizes workshops, programs, and events in sports, technology, financial literacy, as well as provide educational grants and scholarships. LAC conducts yearly fundraisers, festivals, sports tournaments, conferences, and seminars.

Meet the Team

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Executive Director

Cassandra "Cass" Riddick

Independent Filmmaker. Casting Associate. Former Music Executive. Award Winning  Producer and Screenwriter. Passionate Artist. Compassionate Coach. Social Servant. BS. Communications (Bowie State University)

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Content Creator/Digital Imaging Technician/Editor

Penina-Meier Silverman

Editor,  Digital Imagining Technician., Activist

Graduate of American University

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Digital Media Artists

Shonee Lewis

Artist, Student

Passionate about being a creative. Attends PCC (Portland Community College)

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Social Media Manager

Hunter Hawkins

Assistant Coach of Team Durant, Girl’s Varsity Soccer and Boy’s Varsity Basketball teams at the Edmund Burke School. As for my creative side, when I’m not coaching or behind a camera, you can find me with a guitar in hand! B.S. in Education in Sport Administration. Minor in Broadcast Journalism and Creative Writing. (University of Miami)

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Program Manager/Media Arts & Certification Instructor

Geoff Simons

Film director, editor, screenwriter, and actor. Passionate about creative problem solving at a young age, and is always looking for a new way to tell stories.