Bickley Wilson is a retired psychotherapist who serves on the boards of Shepherd’s Hope, which provides volunteer medical services to families in need, and Mad Cow Theatre. In 2012, she combined her twin passions by forming ArtReach Orlando. “It was a dream to bring art to underprivileged kids,” she says, “to build their self esteem and let them know they count.”
Sarah was born and raised in Germany in a very creative environment that fostered her artistic endeavors. She studied Psychology and Studio Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, graduating with her B. A. She is thrilled to combine her passion for the arts and young people in her role at ArtReach Orlando. Sarah is detail oriented, organized, and a wonderful communicator. When she not organizing and managing programs from inception to completion, she enjoys being with her family, traveling, doing yoga, and playing tennis.
Emily Freeman was born and raised in Winter Park, FL. She received her MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth Communities from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Emily has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations including: Adventure Stage Chicago, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Imagination Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and most recently at Orlando Repertory Theatre. Emily is an applied theatre artist, director, produced playwright, program manager, and free-lance grant writer. She loves advocating for the work ArtReach Orlando accomplishes in the community.
Jenn Benner is an art educator and ceramic artist who deeply believes that art has the power to transform lives and build stronger communities. She received a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston and expanded her education through work-study scholarships and fellowships from Penland School of Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has over 15 years experience providing innovative and transformative visual art programming to marginalized youth. Her passion for community arts engagement began during a three year artist residency for the Charleston Public Housing Authority through Creative Communities, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Guild. Through various museums and non-profits such as the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, The Icehouse Center for Creativity, Craft, & Design, and Misty Forest Enrichment Center, she has developed and taught programs based on exhibitions, after-school art programs, in-school residencies, trauma-informed family workshops, summer art camps, and expressive arts therapy workshops for classroom teachers. For the past four years, she has served as ArtReach Orlando’s Curriculum Director and Lead Teaching Artist. Jenn gains inspiration from seeing what her students create when given the tools, support, and freedom to be themselves and believes that the artistic process empowers all young people to reach their full potential through creative expression.