Because every child deserves the best chance at life!
We have researched, tested and experienced the incredible power that art and expression have to transform communities and people. We are fortunate to work with passionate, talented and resilient youth living in underserved communities. Every day we see how the lack of access and agency affects children’s academic, social and life achievement. Our commitment is to ensuring that youth of all backgrounds have the access, self efficacy and agency needed to be the success we know they can be.
“I grew up surround by art, music, theatre, expression and play. I firmly believe it was those moments of my childhood that gave me the life tools and self efficacy to live a happy, meaningful life. When I moved to the USA and learned that so many of the precious children I met didn’t have access to all of this, I had to do something. Now rooted in thorough research, with the support of incredible partners and volunteers, we are able to make a strategic, science based difference in the lives of our kids.”
– Georgia Van Cuylenburg, Arts Bridging the Gap Founder
– We initiate, design and make possible top level educational art experiences and programs that empower children with the methods and practice of thinking, expressing and creating that is required in today’s workforce and social culture.
– We bring together diverse organizations and create powerful partnerships to make these programs and experiences possible.
– We create the funding, resources and relationships needed to provide these crucial experiences to our children.
Georgia Van Cuylenburg | Founder & Executive Director
Believer in magic, children and the power of planning, research and a smile.
Art: Theatre, Writing, Singing, classical recorder, face painting and baking
Georgia is an educator, filmmaker and philanthropist who has dedicated her life to creating solutions for those born into an unjust experience of our world. In addition to serving as the executive director and teaching artist for Arts Bridging the Gap, Georgia is heavily involved with a variety of local and global children’s nonprofit organizations, including founding and chairing two NGOs in Ethiopia and Uganda. She is constantly infusing Virtual Reality and the arts into her work to enhance donor and cause engagement. She is the owner of a production company I am Spartacus Entertainment that creates socially conscious positive content. Georgia is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of Arts Bridging the Gap and crafting partnerships with industry leaders.
John Switzer | Chairman of the Board
A native of Los Angeles, John was encouraged early on to explore all that this amazing world has to offer. This led to a diverse resume that ranged from high sierra backcountry guide to musical talent manager to a successful career as an executive in the world of audio post production for feature films. In 2000 John became a founding member of Audio Network Ltd., now a worldwide leader in music licensing. John has been on the board of Arts Bridging the Gap for close to two years, most recently serving as board chair. John’s wish is for all kids to have the same access to early arts education as he did.
Oxana Ermolova | Director of Operations
Oxana trained as a dancer prior to overseeing marketing and communications for nonprofit institutions throughout Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing her master’s in management from UCLA, with the goal of applying analytical and businesses acumen in service of nurturing innovative ideas as an executive in the arts sector. Oxana is responsible for managing operations, collecting program metrics and overseeing organizational finances.
Robyn Janz | Girls Make VR Program Manager
Robyn is a classically trained visual artist. After 20 years as an optician specializing in eye disease, she transitioned into working in VR and fell in love. Since then, she has been a VR-evangelist actively working towards providing STEAM education in public schools through GMVR.
Interns & Volunteers
Ronnell Deril | CD15 Community Development
Laurély Deffieux | CD5 Community Development
Jessica Lopez | Social Media Marketing
Sean Radinsky | Accounting
Thor Lee | Real Estate Liason
Terrence Stasse | LA Street Art Initiative Logistics