"I have basically taken the artistic concept of studio and applied it to the non profit realm. As an artist, technologist, mathematician, African- American, activist, and mother I use my creative powers for transformation in my community"
RPGA Studio is a non profit studio that uses creative solutions to help solve community problems. The methodology is question based with action following each question to test the approach. Meaning everything starts with a question. Why is this park closed? Why are we walking through through this unsafe underpass? How can school be a place that values the strengths of all kids? The questions are personal so the work is primarily is Queens, NY. This is the community Ms. Shortt lives in.
"This is not your typical non profit. As the head of the studio the questions come from within. The people at the studio don't run programs we are all artists with a variety of expertise and experiences. We deliver action in a collaborative and community way." -Shortt
The Team Team
Yvonne, Mayuko, Jenna, Rebecca, Clara, Richard, Joel.
Carmen Shortt United Sates Postal Service
Elsie Chapman Retired IBM Executive
Richard West JPMorgan Executive
Tessa Kennedy Delta Airlines
Michael Flores Retired NY Stock Exchange
Janiece Kirton NYC DOE