Who We Are

Your Creative Wellness Professionals

Saliha Bazmjow

Executive Director/Founder

Saliha holds a Masters in Global Policy in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, a BA in Anthropology from the University of California Riverside and a BA in teaching at California State University San Marcos. Her passion for learning led her to a career as a primary school teacher. After teaching in the United States for a few years, she became interested in teaching internationally, which resulted in her teaching in the UAE, South America, and Turkey. In addition to teaching, she has been an artist for over two decades. While teaching in the UAE she started a program to help women heal and cope with being away from their families through the medium of art. In 2016, Saliha moved to the DC metropolitan area and has since continued working in education to build community and bring people together and create meaningful connections through the platform of art.

Kiyah Latif holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Kaiser University. She owns a Government IT Consulting firm based out of Northern Virginia.  For the past 10 years, she has spent her time encouraging young women and entrepreneurs to pursue careers in Information Technology. Kiyah is a long-time advocate for human rights, she is a member of Burma Task Force, spreads awareness for human injustices, and Lobbies for Burmese and Rohingya rights on Capital Hill. In addition to being a business owner and human rights advocate, she's passionate about fitness, goals and living a an overall healthy lifestyle from the inside out. 

Kiyah Latif

Business Manager

Amir is a trainer and project manager for Creative Opening where he organizes workshops and creates programming. Previously, Amir worked in Talent Development in Hilton, Pew Research Center, and Urban Institute. Amir holds a MPS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Psychology from Boston University. For fun, Amir is often drawing, painting, playing sports, or trying to cook a new recipe for his friends.

Amir Nili

Project Manager

Alison has a deep appreciation of the creative process and its power to heal, build community, and educate. After earning a BA in Art History and Sociology at the University of Redlands and a teaching credential from CSU San Marcos, Alison went on to work in the field of education for nearly 10 years. She started as a public-school teacher and later went on to earn a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Education & Student Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) and to transition to work in a university setting. Through various positions she gained experience in coordinating intercultural programming, working abroad in Hong Kong, and supporting the success and retention of low-income students. In her free time, Alison loves to express herself through painting, song, dance, and fitness.

Alison Carlock

Curriculum Development

 

Instructors

Nadia El-Khatib is a free-spirited beauty seeker who finds peace in nature, faith, and Art.

 

Nadia studied Art & Visual technology with supportive coursework in Art & Cultural studies at George Mason University and continues to take courses in her pursuit of a degree in Art Therapy.

 

Nadia has 18 years of teaching experience. She has been trained in Montessori and Responsive Classroom, curated local Art exhibitions, and lead several Art workshops around the DMV area. Nadia has been teaching in the field of Art for over 15 years and currently works as early childhood, elementary, and middle school Art Teacher. 

 

You can follow some of the fun stuff going on in Ms. Nadia’s Art classroom by visiting @in_my_art_classroom on Instagram.

Nadia El-Khatib

Fatima Toor is an Elementary School teacher for DC Public Schools.  She has been an elementary

school teacher for the last ten years with experience teaching art in grades 1-5.

 

In addition, she has choreographed and worked with the drama and theater department at the American International School of Kuwait.

 

In her free time she enjoys performance art, her most recent work includes a monologue sharing her story in America's Talking through the Live Garra Theater.

 

She has performed a portion of this monologue about her experience as a first-generation American Muslim at the US State Department's cultural event show. She enjoys integrating Islamic calligraphy as well as her Pakistani heritage into her artwork. 

Fatima Toor

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