Founder     Instructor/Mentor

Founder

Instructor/Mentor

IZZY HOLDEN

Izzy graduated college as a Studio Art major from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. From there, he packed his bags
and headed west, landing in California. He worked as the Recreation Coordinator for the Los Angeles Rec & Parks Department, where
he was in charge of all youth programming including classes, camps, and leagues. He has also volunteered as a youth baseball and basketball coach for Mar Vista Recreation Center and as a mentor for high school seniors at H.O.L.A.

In 2010, Izzy was asked by friend John Midby to be an Artist in Resident at Foshay Learning Center's Room 13. Izzy gladly accepted as this position fused his love of creating, his art degree, and his youth leadership skills together. After seeing first hand what can
come to life when youth are encouraged to stretch their minds and talents, Izzy was hooked.

Izzy's work as a community organizer and motivator reach beyond
his skills with kids. Izzy co-founded Bagavagabonds, alongside
Eli Thomas, which began as an art collective with the intent of creating outlets and exposure for fellow artists. Bagavagabonds, for which
he is the head of the Art Department, generate and produce creative marketing ideas for companies and brands. Examples of his professional work can be viewed at: www.bagavagabonds.com

Bagavagabonds has raised money and awareness through creative events for Room 13 and other youth arts organizations over the years, giving students a place to display and share their art. 

Dear Future has been a dream project of his for years.


ROBERT CAPPADONA

Robert Cappadona is a 20+ year music industry veteran who received his bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with a minor in Drama
from University of Connecticut. Robert started his career in terrestrial radio as a DJ and Producer, where he was the station's liaison with the New England Patriots. He manages recording artists, producers, engineers, a recording facility, and is the producer of a series of year long benefit concerts celebrating Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 85th Birthday year. 

  Instructor/Mentor

Instructor/Mentor