The Dream Team

Board Members

Shaymar Higgs • Founder and Executive Director

The 2021 Outstanding Citizen of the Year for the City of Greenbelt. Shaymar Higgs has over 10+ years of community development, government contracting, non-profit and private sectors experience, Shaymar brings a breadth of knowledge to every project under his supervision. It is his desire to use his professional and artistic strengths in building and implementing effective strategies, managing and developing communities, and policy creation and enhancement. Mr. Higgs has worked as a teaching artist for over a half dozen nonprofit organizations, schools, and museums teaching mixed-media art to cooking and nutrition classes.

Currently, he also works for M-NCPPC, overseeing the Cosca Regional Skateboard Park while serving on the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Greenbelt, and Editorial Board member for Greenbelt Online.

Programming Committee Chair

Jennifer Dudley Resource Development

Starting as a volunteer at The SPACE in 2019, Jennifer is full of enthusiasm and with skills to match. Working in the nonprofit sector for the last two years with a focus on project development and community programming. Ms. Dudley is excited to bring her expertise to our mission of Sharing Positive Artistic & Creative Energies. On top of those skills, Jennifer has been a ServSafe Instructor since 2015 while also working in the hospitality industry for over 15 years.

Resource Development Chair

Shirley Wade • Treasurer

Bio coming soon...

Bonita Curtis • Secretary

Bio coming soon...

Windy Cooler • Director-at-Large

Windy has lived in Old Greenbelt for 15 years with her family, including our teenage "tech guru", Ob. Windy is a veteran anti-poverty organizer who first became involved in STEAM education through several years of service on the board of the Greenbelt MakerSpace. She is a public minister in the Quaker tradition and a doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary. What most excites Windy about The Space is the opportunity for all of Greenbelt to have the space to explore, rest, imagine and build as one healthy and united community.

Community Engagement Chair

Kimmie Jolly • Director-at-Large

Bio coming sooon...

Administrative Liaison

Krystiana Bonheur • Director-at-Large

Photo credit: Billy Malloy

With over 13 years in pre-k to 12 education, Krystiana brings experience in curriculum development that combines a focus on art skills and personal development. Krystiana has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer with local nonprofit organizations within the Maryland, DC and Virginia area to provide enriching programs for the youth. Ms. Bonheur has worked as a teaching artist for nonprofit organizations teaching mixed media art with a focus on literature and is currently an emerging arts advocate in the state of Maryland.

2022 PhD candidate, Walden University, Public Policy and Administration

Volunteer Staff

Sadibu Kabba, the voice

Started out as a high school Intern (circa early 2019), now he is giving back to the community by volunteering at The SPACE! Get him started about any of the topic below and it's on...

•Entertainment •Pop Culture Guru •Comic Book Writer •Gamer

Ob, tech guru

Ob, the creator of the YouTube series: "Making Art With Code". Fluent in multiple computer languages, a huge fan of Minecraft, 3D rendering, and open-source software. Ask him about Blender and you will instantly be his favorite student!

•Computer Programming •Sound Engineering •Graphic Designer •3D Rendering

Kathy Jones, master seamstress

Life-long seamstress, crafter, and artist, Vanesse is highly skilled with her hands. Specialities include:

•Sewing •Pastels •Painting •Jewelry-making •Knitting & Crochet •Upholstery