Teaching Artists

The AIR Program provides schools with experienced teaching artists, many of whom are arts professionals in the community, hold advanced degrees in art and design and have teaching credentials.

Most have years of teaching experience at the elementary and/or the university level. The current SPACE AIR Teaching Artist staff includes Sarit Swanborn, Heather Kealey, Rebecca Tager and Andrea Lofthouse.

Victoria Arriola
AIR Program Adminstrator
Educated in fine art and design, Victoria is a working artist, Creative Director and Professor of Design. She received a BA in Art, after studying at Kunstskole, Denmark, San Jose State and Art Center; following, she received a Masters in Design from CSULA. She started as a graphic artist at JPL, developed her own art program for local Montessori schools and then became an Art Director in advertising in LA, NY and Paris. In 2004, she joined USC as a Professor of Advertising Design and Visual Communication in the Annenberg School of Journalism and Roski School of Fine Arts. She teaches both fine and commercial art to K-12 and adults, runs her own design studio, ArriolaCreative, and co-administrates AIR for SPACE.

Sarit Swanborn
Teaching Artist
Sarit is an artist native to Los Angeles. She received her BARCH degree from The School of Architecture at USC, followed by working for renowned architect, Thom Mayne of Morphosis. Her transition from architecture firms to the classroom setting began working as a graphic artist forThe Galef Institute which produces K-12 arts integrated curriculum for charter schools. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential fromCalState TEACH in 2009 and currently collaborates with SPACE writing and teaching art and architectural curricula for local elementary schools, afterschool and summer camp arts enrichment programs, in addition to offering professional development workshops for classroom teachers. When not teaching, she can be found at home in her studio working as a sculptor and illustrator.

Heather Kealey
Teaching Artist
Heather is an artist and art educator born and raised in the Pasadena area. She received her BFA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and began her career as an art educator at a college preparatory high school, where she built and expanded a grade Visual Arts program. Heather spent many memorable summers in Latin America, serving as program manager for a Summer Immersion Program focused on cultural awareness, thus building a lifelong love for travel and world cultures. After becoming a mother, her focus turned to teaching younger children, and she developed a hands-on ceramics program for elementary aged students. Currently, Heather works in collaboration with SPACE, both writing curriculum and teaching art at local elementary schools.

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Victoria Arriola