Sage Salvo is a Washington, D.C. native, Howard University Professor, featured poet/hip-hop artist, and creator of Words Liive. He is also a recurring selection to perform for the D.C. Annual Poetry Festival Honoring Gil Scott Heron at the Carter Barron. He has been selected to present his poetry for the U.S. State Department’s Black History Program, and regularly performs and hosts at Bus Boys and Poets among other venues. Sage Salvo is also the mastermind artist behind the hip-hop mixtape ‘Writes of Passage’ which featured the DMV Anthem, ‘DC Love Story.’ He is currently recording his debut studio album, ‘A Beautiful Rhyme’ at Depth Charge Studios. Both recordings present his messages through spoken word and hip-hop music. Sage Salvo is available on his website: www.sagesalvo.com, on Twitter @sagesalvo, and on Facebook.
Linda Donavan Harper is the former Executive Director at Cultural Tourism DC. Linda brings more than 20 years experience in community and economic development, as well as demonstrated performance in nonprofit management and fundraising. As principal at LHarper & Associates, she worked with more than 200 communities, state agencies, corporations, and nonprofits in 30 states and three countries, developing a national reputation as a visionary strategic planner, creative thinker, and meeting developer.
Between 2000 and 2007, Harper served as Chair of the Board to The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery. With her broad, day-to-day duties, Harper worked as the de facto executive director of the organization. In this capacity, she was able to increase the organization’s budget from $60,000 in 2000 to $550,000 in 2007, recruit more than 500 volunteers, and develop a fundraising strategy that has generated $7 million between 2002 and 2006. Located in Capitol Hill, the Cemetery has been a member of Cultural Tourism DC since 2002.
In addition, Harper worked as director for the professional exchange and community sustainability program at The Countryside Institute in New York. At the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she was a member of the management committee at the National Main Street Center, a widely recognized program including in Washington, DC.
Harper holds a BS in Humanities from Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Missouri) and has pursued graduate level work in art history at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Amanda is the Outreach Specialist at the Autism Society, a national grassroots advocacy organization, where she specializes in communications and development campaigns. With journalism experience in local and national newsrooms, Amanda most recently worked as a general assignment reporter for the Springfield Sun in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. As a student at American University, Amanda spent a summer campaigning for her local state representative, who was re-elected, and spent a semester abroad in Madrid. As part of the 2013 International Glass and Clay Exhibit, Amanda handled marketing and communications as well as taking an active role in program coordination. Follow Violet on Twitter @AmandaGSzabo.
Violet is an Account Manager at Turner Strategies where she handles the full range of earned and social media projects. She also serves as the editor for Feminism 2.0, a blog about gender issues. She moved to DC in 2009 from her native Greece, where she was an account executive for Spin Political & Corporate Communications and managed political communications services and issues management campaigns for a variety of clients. She speaks English, French and Greek and received her MA in Political Management from George Washington University. Violet is an avid traveler, pianist and ballet dancer. As part of the 2013 International Glass and Clay Exhibit, Violet handled marketing and communications as well as taking an active role in program coordination. Violet is an avid traveler, pianist and ballet dancer. Follow Violet on Twitter @Violet__T.
George Koch - George Koch has been active in the National and DC arts community since 1970. He was a founding board member of A. Salon, Ltd. an artist incubator; Arts DC; Arts and Culture Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington; Cultural Development Corporation; and Artomatic, Inc. Currently Mr. Koch is establishing The Center for the Creative Economy, to highlight the DC creative economy thought leaders within each of the six creative clusters for the executive and legislative branches of government and the community at large. He is a founding board member for the new culinary arts advocacy non-profit, Nourish. Follow George on Twitter @georgeckoch.
By day, Ann is a Digital Media Strategist/Producer with over 15 years serving organizations in the social, government, education and private sectors. She currently works as a Project Leader for Results Direct in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, Ann focuses her energy on event curation and planning at the center of the Bronx Cash Register Consulting Company. As part of the 2013 International Glass and Clay Exhibit team, Ann helped with event planning, program coordination, and online marketing. Follow Ann on Twitter @yodersa.