Judy Hoffman has been a resident of South Florida for almost thirty years, originally from the New York metro area. Her interest in Haiti and in art brought her to Jacmel in 2000, where ACFFC was born from the simple belief that if a child could learn to make a papier mache bowl or bird, he or she would never starve, need to turn to prostitution, or worse.
It is her strategic business orientation and belief in the quality process which has contributed to the success of ACFFC as a functioning organization in a difficult and complex nation. Her professional expertise centers around over 40 years’ experience in market research and marketing, bringing expertise in strategic and tactical problem identification and solutions. Judy has a strong interest in foresight/futurist perspectives.
She is a trained photographer and collector of self-taught art. Her education; Goucher College/Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, New School for Social Research/Graduate Studies, Sociology.
Georges Metellus, born in Port-Au-Prince he has served in the role of Executive Director of Art Creation Foundation for Children since 2005 and was employed by ACFFC since its inception.
He graduated from Ecole Secondaire Cinchinhe, and studied at the Institute for English language Jacaya and InfoPlus for computer skills. He is certified by the Institute of World Studies in Lafayette, Louisiana as a member of the faculty of global leadership.
Prior employment includes Aid to Artisans/USAID, Coordinator, 1999-2003 (business management), restaurant management (The Refuge, Chougalou, in Jacmel).
Laurel True has been creating architectural and public mosaic art for almost 25 years. She received her BA from University of Wisconsin in African Studies and has studied at Studio Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, Universite Chiek Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Parsons School of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. True is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has fostered education in the mosaic arts for over 20 years through teaching and lecturing around the world.Laurel True is an artist, educator and community-builder based in New Orleans. She has focused much of her work in Haiti with ACFFC since the earthquake in 2010. Under her guidance and leadership, the youth of ACFFC have transformed the city of Jacmel into Mosaique Jacmel.
She is also the Founding Director of The Global Mosaic Project, an organization that creates community-based public art and provides art education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities. She has created and facilitated hundreds of projects over the last two decades, training thousands of project participants, students, apprentices and volunteers in the US, Africa, Europe, Latin America and Haiti.
True is a member of the National Association of Art Educators, The Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans For the Arts, Global Alliance for Arts in Healthcare, and the Haiti-New Orleans Heritage Task Force.