2021 Mentors & Staff

Kenya Lazuli

Kenya is Co-Founder of Radical Imagination. She has a fancy art degree that she rarely uses while running a BIPOC arts residency from her home in Vermont. Having acquired a broad range of skills, from papier mache to tiny-home construction, she hosts skillshares and workshops and feeds residents and visitors from her unruly garden. Since the pandemic began Kenya has shifted her focus to the Every Town project with the primary goal of permanent land access and stewardship for BIPOC in Vermont.

Mujib Khaliq

Mujib is an educator whose focus has been on helping folks deepen their personal awareness. Leading groups and helping people develop their relationship and comfort in the forest is a major part of what Mujib has been doing for some time now, and something he hopes to continue with for years to come. 

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Chip Thomas

Chip Thomas, aka jetsonorama, is a photographer, public artist and physician who has been working in a small clinic on the Navajo Nation since 1987. There he coordinates the Painted Desert Project which he describes as a community building dialog which manifests as a constellation of murals painted by artists from the Navajo Nation as well as from around the world. Thomas’ own public artwork consists of enlarged black and white photographs pasted onto structures along the roadside primarily on the Navajo Nation. His motivation is to reflect back to the community the love they’ve shared with him over the years.

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Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson is trained as a Neuro Muscular Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and a practitioner of Reiki and Reflexology. She works as an anti-racist educator and organizer with Building Fearless Futures, helping youth and adults work together to combat racism in Vermont Schools and Communities. She is a mother to 2 amazing Children, Sol and Evie (who you'll get to meet at camp), and someone that you immediately want to be friends with.  "I love teaching young people how to respect, nourish, and care for themselves and their own bodies". Rachel is a courageous ally and mentor of spirituality, good sense, and justice, and is an excellent part of being at camp. 

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Jennifer Herrara Condry

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Jennifer is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She worked for 22 years as a student affairs professional with a focus on multicultural student success before leaving to focus on building Juniper Creative Arts. During her 18 year tenure at Middlebury College, Jennifer led efforts for the retention and care of college students from marginalized identities and developed co-curricular programs to support student success, identity development and sense of belonging. She is a 200-hour certified Hatha Yoga practitioner, an energy worker with Level 3 certification in Healing Touch and Level 2 certification in the Usui System of Reiki Healing, and a spiritual herbalist. She holds an M.A. in Spanish linguistics from the Middlebury Language Schools and a B.F.A in art history and business from Hunter College. Jennifer is a creative director, concept designer, and visionary who facilitates creative placemaking to foster community-building, personal expression, and healing.

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Alexa Herrera Condry

Alexa is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A. in studio art and computer science. She is an illustrator, photographer, and web designer; and is currently apprenticing under Will Kasso in aerosol painting and mural arts. Alexa is an energy worker trained in meridian healing. She has a Level 3 certification in Healing Touch and is a spiritual herbalist. Alexa is the lead art-making facilitator for K-5 community mural projects.

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George Ygarza

A 1st generation Latinx of mixed Andean heritage, George remains grounded in place and community, living and organizing in Lenapehoking territory (North Jersey). Currently a graduate student researching Andean cosmology as practices of autonomy and resistance, George dwells along the hyphen of activist-scholarship, working with youth in various spaces for transformative change. George continues to navigate spaces within and beyond the institution, guided by ancestral and grassroots knowledge.

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Raquel Mattos C

Raquel is a 17-year-old rock climber hailing from La Paz, Bolivia.  She works as a climbing instructor and camp counselor at Metrorock Station. She has been involved in the social justice movement for four years now, speaking on resilience and racial justice.  This will be her second year teaching rope ascending skills at Uprise camp, and she’s super stoked to spend the summer with the awesome teens at the camp!  Besides outdoor bouldering, Raquel enjoys reading, snowboarding, and baking.

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Will Kasso Condry

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Will Kasso is a renowned visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator. Kasso studied fine art and illustration at The College of New Jersey as a first-generation college student. He furthered his education in the art of aerosol painting with the mentorship of legendary graffiti artist Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins. Kasso refined his artistry in large-scale mural production under the tutelage of Dave McShane at Mural Arts Philadelphia. He has taught courses on the origins and politics of Graffiti and Street Art and the elements of Hip-Hop at Middlebury College. For over 20 years, Will’s public art initiatives and civic engagement have helped vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso is a visionary and Afro-futuristic artist well-known for his use of bold color and layers. Additionally, his life’s work centers on using mural arts as a vehicle for community-building, activism, beautification, and healing.

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