Founder / Executive Director
Abram Katz is a passion-driven social artist with over ten years of teaching experience. Mr. Katz creates safe and structured classroom environments where students are encouraged to get to know each other and find common ground. His strength lies in his ability to assess the passions and challenges of diverse communities, and respond with dignity and inclusivity. His team-based approach to learning creates unique opportunities for students to connect with their local community, engaging everyone in the learning process, and bringing much-needed awareness of our shared human experience. Mr. Katz is committed to positive change through youth development and school-community partnerships. As Co-Founder and Music Director of Indigital Kids, a SF Bay Area educational non-profit, he brought expressive arts to underserved populations from 2005-2010. Mr. Katz currently works closely with Southern Oregon University as a teaching consultant for the School of Education.
Founder / Associate Director
Antonio Melendez is a professional filmmaker, musician and entrepreneur. Since moving to the Rogue Valley 15 years ago, he has served as an educator, business owner and dedicated community activist. His ultimate passion is supporting the youth of his community. By providing a structured, fun, entertaining and safe environment for his students, he is able to reach their hearts and inspire them to look inward for their strength, passion and determination to excel. Mr. Melendez currently tells powerful and inspiring stories with his company, Heartisan Films, and has greatly benefitted from the unique community of the Rogue Valley. Through the expansion of the Heartisan brand, Antonio will be working with teens in Jackson, Josephine, Curry County and the surrounding areas.