Board  of  Directors  and  Staff

 
MEET THE TEAM
ANDREA KENNEDY
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Creative Director/Founder 

Andrea was born, raised, and currently resides in Baltimore MD.  Affectionately known as "Andi", she is dedicated to enriching families and community engagement. She is an arts-enthusiast and believes that art has the power to influence culture, social change, and impact the trajectory of a person's life.  Everyone is an artist, but few will have a chance to tap into it!  This is what led her to birth #TAPInc! 

 

Andrea matriculated through the Baltimore City Public School System, graduating from the illustrious Baltimore City College High School in 2010.  Her education continued at University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a Bachelors in Family Science in 2010.  She has 10+ years of experience of working with children and families. Currently, she is enrolled in University of Baltimore earning her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Using her professional experience and her education,  Andrea is now working diligently to use her passion for art to bring about change!

As a creative,  she enjoys painting/drawing, singing, and mentoring other young creatives. Her vision is that The Arts Project will help encourage all youth to pursue their dreams with passion and to tap into their greatness via the arts.  

Tiffani Young-Smith
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Volunteer Coordinator

Tiffani is a native of Baltimore City. Tiffani is a graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts (Dance, 2008). She attended George Mason University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Dance. Currently, Tiffani is a Master of Public Health candidate at Morgan State University. Tiffani has been dancing since the age of 5, through dance she has had many opportunities to study with several different professional dance companies during the summer months to strengthen her training in dance. After graduating from George Mason, Tiffani began giving back and teaching dance at the local dance studios. She wanted to instill in young artist what she was taught throughout the years. When she was introduced to TAP she knew this was an organization she wanted to give back to. She believes it is very important for young creatives to have exposure to the arts, no matter where you live.   

Star Bey
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Family/Community Engagement Specialist

Star Bey is a native of Baltimore City, Md and is a graduate of Morgan State University (Class of 2010) where she majored in Family and Consumer Sciences. She also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration from George Washington University (Class of 2018). Since 2013, Star has been employed with the Maryland Education System. She was attracted to the dedicated work she saw in the founder of The Arts Project, Inc. combined with her love for the community and for young people is what keeps her dedicated to this movement. Star is married and has two daughters. She strives to ensure that young people are nurtured, mentored and cultured!

Briell McCoy English
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Program Manager/ Board Secretary

 Briell McCoy-English is a Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend but besides all of those titles she identifies most as a  creative. While she has dabbled in theatre and stage production,  her creative journey found that she is a wordsmith, and has a passion for writing. Briell is a published author,  with one of great successful publications being Love on Sunday,.  In addition, she has written and produced a series of plays about Women’s equality and written for the Afro newspaper.

Currently, Briell works for Beautiful Hearts and Minds Health Services engaging the community with understanding and acknowledging mental health diagnosis. She brings several years of professional experience with her having worked for Baltimore City Public schools and launching an after-care program and summer camp program.

 

When asked why she loves to serve children, she says, "I love children and helping to make all children feel comfortable in the skin that they are in." 

Shayla Simmons 
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Arts in Education and Performing Arts Specialist

Shayla Simmons is an award winning actress, singer, writer, director, acting coach, teaching artist and founder of the “principled performing arts production company”, NguzoArt! She is a proud graduate of Baltimore City College High School and alumni of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City. 

 

After touring internationally with The Golden Gospel Singers and Disney Cruise Lines in the musicals, “Aladdin”, “Hercules” and “The Lion King”, she traveled the U.S. playing four women of African American history in the one-woman show, “Ain’t I a Woman”. Later portraying the major roles of Mae Jemison, Mary Fields and Barbara Hillary, the first black woman to reach both the North and South Pole in the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater’s production of “Into the Great Unknown”.

 

Shayla has appeared in over 20 plays, musicals, television shows, independent and feature films. She continues to pursue fusing her passions of positive educational initiatives in African American history with performing arts and is delighted to have the opportunity to empower youth with a sense of self, purpose and value with The Arts Project Inc. 

Sharonda Lang
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Project Manager/ Special Events Coordinator 

Sharonda Lang is a native of  East Baltimore, Maryland She matriculated through the Baltimore City Public School System and  graduated from Baltimore City College High School. She then attended the University of Maryland,  College Park and studied Hearing and Speech Sciences.

 

She began a career in Applied Behavior Analysis and works at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a Behavior Analyst. Her hobbies include singing, making handmade jewelry, and any craft involving a cricuit machine.

 

She has released two R&B singles and sings in a  local gospel group.

Sherreece Rowe
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Social Media Strategist

Sherreece Rowe, Baltimore native, has always had a passion for the arts. She started playing the trumpet in 3rd grade and over the years has learned the baritone ,trombone and snare drum. She is also a radio host at WEAA 88.9 FM and an active thespian. Sherreece has been involved with numerous dance groups, a member of Girl Scouts of Central MD; she was the captain of Western High School's pep squad, and an advocate for youth programs.

 

Today Sherreece is currently studying Strategic Communications at the School of Global Journalism & Communications at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

 

In 2020, she launched a social communications company; Front Rowe Seat LLC. She is excited to share her expertise; that serves to be a key element for diverse communications and networking , while amplifying brand awareness with individuals and organizations. 

Aliyah Caldwell 
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Dance and Performing Arts Specialist

Aliyah Caldwell began her training at the Ava Fields Dance Ministry in Baltimore, MD. She was then introduced to ballet at the TWIGS Program at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2012. She is a graduate of Towson University earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography minoring in Business Administration. 

 

Aliyah has studied with Norma Pera, Anton Wilson, Arthur Mitchell, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent Thomas, Alonzo King, Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Runqaio Du, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Alia Kache-Blackwell, Stephen Mills, and Felicia Cruz. She has attended summer intensives such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts. 

 

She has performed with many ballet and modern companies such as BalaSole Dance Company, DanceIquail, and Ballet Nouveau. She has performed the Broadway musical “SWING” with Norwegian Cruise Line and is currently in the cast of “HAIRSPRAY” with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. 

 

She has taught in many schools and studios across the Baltimore area such as AileyCamp Baltimore, Ballet Nouveau School, Baltimore County Youth Ballet, ConneXions: Community Based Arts School, Dance Happens Inc.,  and RaynFall/Muse 360. She has choreographed pieces for Annapolis High School Dance Company and William Penn Fine Arts Academy Dance Company. She also was a guest dance teacher with The Arts Project, INC and is excited to be a part of the board!