Carla Berryman is a retired San Antonio educator. She taught the 4th grade at St. Paul for 13 years. While teaching she had the privilege to mentor several young teachers in the Notre Dame A.C.E. program & student teachers from St. Mary’s University. She has a wonderfully supportive husband & two sons. She enjoys volunteering with Spare Parts because it allows her creative side to become alive. Spare Parts is important to her because it brings many resources into her school & classroom that otherwise students would have to go without.
Anika Blanco: Scorpio, artist & educator. She has BFA in Communication Design & MA in Art Education. Ever since she was seven years old, she has been in some type of art class. As an educator, she is motivated by her students’ fresh, creative minds. Blanco finds serenity in visual arts by experimenting with color & mixed media. She advocates for a healthy mind/body, balanced lifestyle. Blanco appreciates Spare Parts for inspiring creative reuse & for the amazing sense of community formed around the organization.
Dezarre Boone is a graduate of Providence Catholic School & a student at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. This college girl enjoys upcycled crafting & watercolor painting. She believes in Spare Parts‘ mission of providing upcycled materials within the classroom. “I am very honored to be apart of an organization that brings the community together to save the earth.”
Jeanne Cantu is an educator retired from the public school system. She currently teaches Texas A&M University-San Antonio & works as a Writing Coach for Education Service Center-Region 20. Cantu grew up in an environment where reuse was an everyday expectation. As a classroom teacher, she had limited resources, but with the reusing habit, she was able to provide exciting learning opportunities & projects for students. She continues to be committed to reuse–a way to save energy, decrease overfilling landfills & conserve resources.
As a child, Mary Elizabeth Cantu dreamt of being Indiana Jones. Cantu is a native San Antonian & has worked in the fields of arts, education & culture in San Antonio for over 10 years. She earned her BA in Museum Education with a focus on Cultural Anthropology & Elementary Education from Mount Holyoke College then received a MA in Art Education, with a focus on Community-Based Art from the University of Texas, Austin. In 2013 she became a national Reuse Institute Master Reuser—the first & only in San Antonio.
Community engagement, art, education & green living have always been important to Cantu. All of these values amalgamated when she founded Spare Parts, a project dedicated to: cultural & environmental sustainability; affordability & accessibility to the arts; & community, education & creativity, green-style. Its main objective is to connect with various agencies & businesses to provide a steady supply of materials, which would otherwise be thrown away, for the artistic community & educators to increase the creative & cultural energy of San Antonio. Her vision is to transform Spare Parts from a volunteer effort to a full-time organization.
Cantu also co-founded the Spare Parts MINI ART MUSEUM with Gabriela Santiago in 2013 to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools & the community.
San Antonio nonprofit aficionada Laura Carter believes in enabling the community to work from the heart, not just the wallet. She spent six years at the San Antonio Area Foundation & her blog “Beyond Paychecks” ran online bi-weekly at the San Antonio Current from 2010-2013. Carter was Communications Director at Providence Catholic School where her job included working with traditional & social media, public relations, event management & marketing. In addition, to serving on Spare Parts advisory board, she works with Blessed Sacrament Academy on Mission Road, TEDxSA & contributes to the community journalism project NOWCastSA.
Spare Parts MINI ART MUSEUM Board Member Nancy Casanova is a native Texan born & raised in San Antonio. She attained her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Her past experience includes development, marketing & database management at various nonprofit organizations. Casanova is a diligent & passionate arts administrator who continuously interested in executing the administrative work that enables arts organizations to remain open. She believes accessibility to the arts is crucial to the vitality of communities, & can be accomplished using ways that fall outside the box. Casanova is also an artist constantly perfecting her mixed media scanograms, and sharing her work in alternative & traditional spaces. She loves to travel, read, eat sweets & has a soft spot for humankind & animals in need.
Sarah Dunckel is an artist & art educator with great affection for the San Antonio community. With a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, she has taught children of all ages in San Antonio. Her own work includes drawing, painting, stage sets, installations & murals. She enjoys working with the Spare Parts family; collecting & using reusable materials to help children & adults express themselves while maintaining respect for planet Earth.
Jennifer Herrera is a native San Antonian & holds the position of Community & Media Engagement Manager at KLRN. She enjoys tackling various DIY projects, writing & volunteering. Naturally, Herrera holds a passion for bringing communities together in interesting ways. This explains her interest in supporting Spare Parts. Through art & environmental accountability, Spare Parts is creating something unseen in San Antonio. Spare Parts is helping guide the young & the young at heart to turning everyday objects into art.
Tracy Murphy is originally from Florida & has always loved art in many forms. She graduated from Florida State University, with a degree in Studio Art. After many moves with her family from Germany to Georgia to Texas & several places in between, she, her (retired, military) husband & three children settled here in San Antonio. She currently teaches Middle School art & loves to watch her students’ creativity bloom as they learn & experiment with many art mediums.
Spare Parts helped provide supplies for her classrooms when her campus art programs were growing. Spare Parts is also a catalyst in making her, her family & students more “Earth-Aware” by reducing-reusing-recycling many items back into creating art.
Claudia Peña-Martinez was born & raised in Laredo, TX–a culturally diverse city located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas. Her passion for art was initiated during a trip to Europe in the early 1990s where she encountered gothic architecture & artwork of the “Great Masters.” She moved to San Antonio in the winter of 2000 to pursue an art degree. Peña-Martinez graduated from the University of Texas, San Antonio with a BFA with a focus in photography & a minor in Art History. In 2010, with a continued passion for art & education, Peña-Martinez pursued a teaching certification. She has been art educator for five years & currently teaches jr. high art at a local public school. Peña-Martinez also runs an Etsy shop where she sells her photography, paintings & jewelry. She loves volunteering & working as an educator for Spare Parts because it gives her another creative outlet while using repurposed materials to help children & adults express themselves artistically.
Gabriela Santiago is the co-founder of the MINI ART MUSEUM
. Santiago has been developing & facilitating education opportunities with community organizations, arts organizations & museums and in the classroom across Texas for over seven years. She has collaborated with Mexic-Arte Museum, The Children’s Shelter, McNay Art Museum, Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary & founded a residency program for emerging artists, TRANSIT. Currently, she teaches at Barrera Veterans Elementary School in Von Ormy, Texas.
Rikkianne Van Kirk is originally from West Virginia & has happily called San Antonio home for the past five years. She holds a degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies from The University of Arizona. Van Kirk’s artistic background is diverse; ranging from theater arts to screen printing to illustration. Van Kirk enjoys simplicity (i.e., working with what ya got). She found her true passion in illustration & feels privileged to share her artwork both nationally & internationally. She is truly honored when a connection is made to her artwork & is always excited to absorb all things that make San Antonio great. As a volunteer, Spare Parts has allowed Van Kirk to make genuine relationships in the community while sharing a passion for reuse in art. It has also been a beautiful example of service for her 10-year old daughter. Spare Parts allows her & her daughter to share, create, educate, learn & simply have fun.