The first, and current, Regional Artistic and STEAM Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Tony is an acclaimed musician, composer, actor and educator. Most of all, he is on a mission to use the arts to save kids’ lives.
While working in the inner city schools of Chicago, Tony collaborated with AAAS, the country’s largest science educator, to pilot a multi- disciplinary program called Edutainment combining music, theater and design with science and math education. The program achieved national attention and thousands of kids have had the advantage of learning how STEM doesn’t have to be intimidating.
A firm believer that the most important thing in inspiring a young person’s success is to instill self confidence and let them know you have faith in all their possibilities, Tony brought his renowned talents to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
“A half of a brain is a terrible thing to waste! I’m elated that our Arts + STEM = STEAM programming allows BGCGW to fill the disparity of underserved youth having little or no access to arts programming, while simultaneously preparing youth to compete in a STEM driven future.”
“Music is one of the most powerful tools on Earth, let’s use it to remind students that learning is supposed to be fun!”
Lemond Brown is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He is also a musician and poet who combines his love of science with his love of the arts. Lemond has formed a group of like-minded young artists called Swaliga who perform in the tristate area and all around the country. They use hip-hop and other media to bring messages of hope and community to kids and teens.
Lemond has been a STEAM Engineer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington since 2013. Putting a grant from a generous donor to excellent use, Lemond has worked with over 800 Club members after school and in summer camp to demystify science and introduce them to technology for everyday life and future careers.
To learn more about Lemond’s passion for science and the arts watch his TEDx talk:
“Coming from an arts background, it’s been incredibly inspiring to watch the arts so seamlessly weaved into STEAM in a way that enables all members, young painters or young mathematicians, to grow.”
As the STEAM Cultural Arts Administrator for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Lily serves as the project manager and primary point of contact for STEAM programming at 14 sites in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Overseeing visual arts programming, partnership development and grant administration, she creatively engages with and contributes to her community.
Prior to the Clubs, Lily spent the last seven years working both domestically and abroad in the field of education as a social entrepreneur, advocate for the arts and community organizer. After receiving her Bachelor of the Arts in Italian Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, she relocated to Italy to pursue a career in international education. She served as an English language instructor, translator and Manager of the Ca’ Foscari – Harvard Summer School at the University of Venice, overseeing exchange programs and university-sponsored arts curriculum.
In 2013, she returned to the United States for a position at the Institute of International Education with the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. She administered scholarship opportunities through the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and assisted with program development and logistical support for over 200 scholars in the arts. She is the co-founder of DC Loud, a non-profit organization that uses live music events and the arts to build and bridge neighborhoods in D.C.