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ABOUT US

We're working to ignite the creative potential in students.

Meet Our Fearless Team

We are a team of professional artists and educators who have come together with a strong belief: creativity is the most important skill a child can learn—and it can be taught.

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Dan Evers

Founder & CEO

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Ralph Young

Mosaic Artist & Cinematographer

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Leanna Lunsford

Regional Representative — Northern California

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Maria Titova

Executive Director

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Thais Gonzales

Mosaic Artist

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Cristina Salazar Saucedo

Regional Representative — Imperial Valley, CA

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Elizabeth E. Gonzales

Executive Assistant

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Lauren Grace

Video Host & Artist

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Andrew Swank

Accounting Specialist

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Luke Meyer

Web & Graphic Designer

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Andrea Van Wagner

Videographer & Editor

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Christian Van Evers

Mosaic Artist

Our Story

2000
Beginning

We begin working with underserved schools in the Barrio Logan & National City communities of San Diego, creating permanent mosaic artworks with students and their families.

2004–2006
Healing Art

We partner with the Success Optimist Club and the San Diego Zoo to bring therapeutic art experiences to cancer patients at Kaiser Permanente Zion. The program’s success brought partnerships with Rady’s Children Hospital and Children’s Hospital Central California.

2005–NOW
School Partnerships

School beautification projects, designed and created with school students and teachers in San Diego and Imperial Valley, CA. 

2007–NOW
Lifelong Friends

We begin a lasting partnership with Burnham Foundation and Perkins Elementary School to provide hands-on art experiences to multiple generations of students.

2007–2017
City of Mosaics

We work with community members in the City of Imperial to create hundreds of mosaic artworks that transformed the entire city. 

2008
New Connections Launched

We develop our first classroom art program, New Connections, in collaboration with school teachers in both San Diego and the Imperial Valley. 

2011–NOW
Growing Creative Family

Partnership with Price Charities Foundation to serve schools and families in the City Heights community of San Diego.

2018
Rebuilding Paradise

In the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire, Rainforest Art Project lept into action to help rebuild the city of Paradise, CA, bringing art and healing to hundreds of students and teachers. 

2019
Going North

Full-scale studio opens in Chico, CA to serve the counties of Butte, Orland, and Colusa, and support the growing request for creativity in the educational school system.

2020
Nationwide Expansion

After decades working with schools, we launch online to bring educational creativity programs directly to families. 

Why People Love Us

I love how simple you’ve made this program for teachers and kids!

— Katerina, teacher & mother

I have been teaching art in a classroom setting for 12 years and have tried many different programs, this was by far the most simple, easy, & valuable!

— Ashley, art teacher & mom

I love the additional activities in the workbooks, they were especially helpful to a non-creative parent.

— Tatiana, mom

Students are not only learning, but they are also enjoying what they are doing.

— Matt, principal & dad

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Check Out Our Blog

Read articles written by our founder, Dan Evers, about the impact of art in schools and how Rainforest Art Project is determined to make a difference in local communities.