The Arts Community is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the evolving needs of artists and teachers of the arts, making arts accessible to children and adults of the Hudson Valley, and sponsoring performances, events, exhibits, and regularly scheduled classes for all ages.  By supporting artists as they work toward realizing their full potential, TAC strives to ensure the Hudson Valley remains a positive place full of creativity, discovery, and interconnectedness.

Why teach under the auspices of the Arts Community?


  • Insurance. The Arts Community provides general liability insurance to cover classes and performances.

  • Location. The Arts Community has access to a database of available spaces in the area that may be suitable for your teaching needs.

  • Promotion. The Arts Community advertises classes and events in flyers and on social media.

  • Sponsors. The Arts Community sponsors groups and projects.


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Rachel has been working with clay for 12 years and has been selling her work since 2008. She runs an independent, small production studio in New Paltz and sells her work at 25 different craft shows each year. She also shows her work in several stores and galleries locally and in New England. She has taught private wheel over the years and is now opening her studio for larger classes in wheel and hand building.



Kim is the owner/Director of Bright Beginnings, a New Paltz preschool and licensed childcare center.  She has been President of 90 Miles Off Broadway, a 52 year old community theatre company, for more than 10 years.  Kim is a NYS Certified Teacher with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, with a BA Degree in Theatre.


Kristi Parnell

Kristi is the founder and instructor of Story Studio, a program for children ages 2-14 years that utilizes art and cooking as vehicles through which children expand upon their reading experiences.  She has worked with young children for over 15 years in both home and school settings, and is a certified teacher with an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

Anna Mayta

Anna Mayta is a dance improviser, choreographer, and instructor. She graduated from Empire State College in June 2001 with a BA in Dance in Education. In November 2008, she received a certificate to teach yoga from Svyasa Swami Vivekananda Yoga University in Bangalore, India. In 2006, she was awarded a dissemination award from the Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York. Anna has been teaching, performing, and choreographing for over 15 years, and has developed two programs throughout this time period. One is teaching the Spanish language through movement; the other is fusion dance, which centers on the incorporation of African, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Modern, and Latin dance styles. Additionally, she has taught for The National Ballet of Zimbabwe in Africa, in England, and in the greater Boston Area, and is currently working in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Courtney Whitebay

Cortney Whitebay is an Exercise Physiologist by education and an art lover at heart. Raised by an avid artist, she was immersed in all different mediums throughout her childhood. She has now found a medium that speaks to her love of art and creativity as well as her love of holistic wellness. Cortney finds ceramic diffuser jewelry to be both functional and beautiful, and has adopted it as her passion project.

Jill Ziccardi

Jill Ziccardi has a BFA in Art (with honors) from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Paining from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She spent over 25 years working in arts education and program development. She began her career in the Chicago academia as a Professor of Drawing and Painting at various higher education institutions (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Valparaiso university, ACM Chicago Arts Program, Columbia College, University of Illinois, among others). After years of working with college students, Ziccardi made an intentional decision to shift her work environment to a community-based setting with at-risk grade school students and teens. Before leaving Chicago, she worked as a Teaching Artist for the Department of Cultural Affairs and was instrumental in designing the curriculum for Park Voyagers, a collaborative, award-winning outreach program for inner city kids and families. After moving back to NYC in 2001, Ziccardi worked as a Museum Educator for the Guggenheim, and held various leadership positions in non-profit education management at Free Arts NYC. She now lives in Highland and teaches classes in her home studio and at HATCH (an art school in New Paltz).


Rob Lieblein is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and environmental educator with over 20 years of experience teaching youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds. He has attended workshops and retreats with teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sylvia Boorstein, and Sharon Salzburg, and is a graduate of the Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher certification program. Rob is also the founder of Hudson Valley Mindfulness a program that explores the connections between mindfulness, the natural environment, and team building and group development.

Sarah Timberlake Taylor

Sarah Timberlake Taylor has been teaching videography, animation and experimental film with The Art Effect for over three years. She graduated from Bard College where she majored in Film Production. Sarah loves to collaborate with other artists and enjoys lending a hand with any stage of production. She often works with documentarian Kevin Schreck, assistant editing on his award-winning film Persistence of Vision along with TANGENT REALMS: The worlds of C.M. Kösemen, and his upcoming film ENONGO - The Sammus Documentary. Sarah continues to work on her own series Travel Loops, which are short looping films focused on the cyclical nature of recollections created by departures from our everyday life and routines.

Karen Capobianco

Karen Capobianco has been professionally making and selling her art and craft work for over 38 years. She is a graduate from Rhode Island school of Design in Metals, and has a both an art education and masters degree from SUNY New Paltz, where she taught in the art department. While living in NYC she mentored inner-city high school students in her jewelry studio, and has more recently taught at the elementary level. Karen has received certification in both art therapy and mindfulness for educators. She has developed a line of fiber tools with a focus on art, therapeutic, and mindful practices and is developing a curriculum to help people use mindfulness for focus, stress, and anxiety.



Olga has been practicing qi gong since 2008 and since she was able to control her arthritis with qi gong, has learned how to heal people through qi gong and now she is teaching people how to heal themselves using energy, mind and intention, as well as how to heal others.

Olivia Treubig

Olivia is a caring, sensitive and creative teacher. She has developed this program based on ten years of teaching art, 20 years of practicing yoga and mindfulness and most recently her yoga teacher training and trauma conscious yoga method certification. She received her masters in childhood development and education from Long Island University in 2009. She has taught art to children in many local programs, actively practices art, publishes writing and provides creative marketing services in the educational and wellness field. She has a strong sense of the need for creative expression and healing in today’s child. She has carefully designed curriculum that accesses both through her yoga/ mindfulness and art programming.