Sydney Lowe, Founder
Born and raised between Brooklyn and Queens, NY, Sydney Lowe is a creative content producer & photographer passionate about bringing diverse, visually interesting stories to life.
As an Associate Producer, Sydney has assisted and collaborated with writer/producers, creative directors, editors & cinematographers to produce original video content for international marketing campaigns for award-winning HBO series (Game of Thrones, GIRLS, Boardwalk Empire, The Jinx, & Bessie ) and for the 2015 Kate Spade #MissAdventure campaigns starring Anna Kendrick, Zosia Mamet & feminist icon, Gloria Steinem.
As a photographer, her pictures have been published in Vogue Italia (PhotoVogue),Refinery29, Indiewire, and Frommer's Travel Guidebooks, as well as featured internationally in galleries and exhibition spaces in Italy, Mexico, San Francisco and New York. She is a content contributor to the PhotoVogue Art + Commerce collection and active member of Women In Film. She is also the founder of ART GIRL ARMY, an all female art collective organization of diverse, creative women who believe in their work, in themselves and in each other.
Sydney holds a double B.A. in Visual Culture and Italian Studies from Wesleyan University. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
See more at: www.sydney-lowe.com
Cindy Lozito, Co-Director
Cindy Lozito is an artist, illustrator, & graphic designer whose work focuses on personal connections, communities, and stories. A New York native, Cindy considers her multicultural background (as a child of white & Puerto Rican parents) a source that informs her work.
Cindy graduated with a BA in Art History at Macaulay Honors at Hunter College. She co-directs Art Girl Army, a female art collective, and runs a mental health magazine called You're Not Crazy. She enjoys designing branding, packaging, and editorial.
Cindy joined Art Girl Army as a stranger to the women who shared the dinner table at one of their first gatherings. She kept coming back out of a fervent passion for supporting other women and building a community from scratch.
See more at: www.cindylozito.com
Jess Best, Co-Director
Jess is a singer and songwriter living in NYC.
See more at: www.jessbest.com
Olivia K. Harris, Co-Director
Olivia Harris is a prolific songwriter who uses her Caribbean, funk and R&B roots to create soul fusion, a unique, funky, uplifting sound that will keep your toes tapping. She grew up in Brooklyn singing every Sunday in her church choir, while dancing to Michael Jackson, as well as the reggae and bachata outside her window. She began playing piano at four years old, then moved onto arranging and composing in her high school a cappella group, which influenced her to pursue a degree in music at Columbia University. There, jazz empowered her to use the variety of music she had grown up with to create her own take on R&B. As Olivia K, she has played such venues as The Bitter End and the Highline Ballroom.
Most recently, she played Times Square & EcoFest with her band Olivia K and the Parkers,
Olivia joined the Art Girl Army because as a female musician, she believes that it's crucial to remind girls like her that they don't just have to be singers, they can and should participate in any part of the band they want to!
See more at: https://olivia-harris-4jaf.squarespace.com/
AhDream Smith, Co-Director
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and raised in the heart of the Bible Belt (Memphis, TN), AhDream is a photographer, artist and student of life. Growing up in two places she quickly developed an appetite for learning about other people's stories and cultures. Her passion for learning about new cultures and stories has taken her to 5 continents and over 18 countries.
She has worked internationally with the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and the Bitone Children Center, as a field reporter documenting their efforts of malaria prevention using music, dance and theater as a cultural platform. Her work photographic work has been exhibited in galleries and community spaces in Washington, D.C., Connecticut and New York. Her photographs have also been published in a variety of places ranging from the Bitone Children Center's website to the wedding proposal site, How He Asked.
When she's not capturing the moment you can find her singing songs that keep her old soul rooted, dancing to the fervent Latin beats of Salsa or discovering a new way to express herself through an artistic medium.
AhDream joined Art Girl Army because she has a heart for contribution and creating environments for others to experience and discover that self expression and AGA is a tangible organization that creates that space.
See more at: www.ahdreamsmith.com
Caroline Kaufman, Co-Director
I was born & raised in West Virginia, the quilting & craft epicenter of America. I learned from a young age that clothing could be a canvas for tactile exploration & that the power of a garment made by hands celebrated ancestry, storytelling, & small scale human craft.
I enjoy the beauty of great things, but I am most fascinated by the quirks of small treasures. My designs are based on found beauty in awe-inspiring nature: revealing the extraordinary in the handmade & imperfect.
The emerging brand is known for it's experimental textiles, hand painted prints, use of color, & playful point of view. Caroline Kaufman Studio is proudly based & produced in Brooklyn. NY.
See more at: www.carolinerosekaufman.com
Mel Hsu and her cello, Charles, are rather inseparable. Mel's high school band teacher once told her that there was no place for her or her cello in the school jazz band. Amused by this assertion, Mel has since had no interest in remaining complacent within stylistic expectations of her instrument. Although Mel was raised as a classical cellist, she and Charles have been coaxing each other into realms of indie soul, folk, hip-hop and jazz for the past seven years. As a teaching artist, Mel currently works with Philadelphia-based organizations Spiral Q, Girls Rock Philly, and All Around This World. Mel is eternally committed to audience participation, impromptu jam sessions and raucous dance parties.
See more at: www.melaniehsu.com