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.
Founder & CEO
Mosaic Artist & Cinematographer
Regional Representative — Northern California
Cristina Salazar Saucedo
Regional Representative — Imperial Valley, CA
Elizabeth E. Gonzales
Video Host & Artist
Web & Graphic Designer
Andrea Van Wagner
Videographer & Editor
Christian Van Evers
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.
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.
School beautification projects, designed and created with school students and teachers in San Diego and Imperial Valley, CA.
We begin a lasting partnership with Burnham Foundation and Perkins Elementary School to provide hands-on art experiences to multiple generations of students.
City of Mosaics
We work with community members in the City of Imperial to create hundreds of mosaic artworks that transformed the entire city.
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.
Growing Creative Family
Partnership with Price Charities Foundation to serve schools and families in the City Heights community of San Diego.
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.
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.
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
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.