The Artists Ink Team

A Committed Family of Passionate Artist & Community Builders

Composed of Graphic designers, animators, directors, writers, performers, and sound designers, Artists Ink is a collaborative organization that encourages artists of all disciplines to come together and push the boundaries of traditional art and create work that builds community and inspires change.

Emily Morales-Ortiz

Founding Director - A performing artist, writer, producer and director raised in East Salinas, Emily has been active in the arts for the past 18 years.

Yameli Manriquez

Outreach & Administrative Assistant

Juanita Vasquez

Graphic Designer & Creative Leader Mentor

Kyra Fung

Program Administrator & Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor - I am a teaching artist. My main ink is drawing, which I love to use to explore inner worlds. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Studio Arts Degree and my dream is to write and illustrate books for children on mental health

Jonathan Flores-Armenta

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor -

Carlos L. Cortez

Program Dirctor - A working artist in Salinas and all over California for 20 years. Carlos has worked in theaters throughout the Bay Area working with local and international artists.

Dante Carballo

Editor, Sound & Light Technician - With over 15 years of experience, Dante is a theater technician, composer, performer, and sound engineer for various companies throughout the bay area.

Lupita Marisol Rodriguez

TXO Mentor - A central coast artist who studied abroad in Japan, receiving her AA from Hartnell, & her BFA in Cinematic Arts & Technology from CSUM. Lupita strives to create & participate in content that highlights her strong cultural roots

Ricardo Cortez

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor -

Ricardo Ibarra

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor -

Rodrigo Reyes

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor -

Barbara Carballo

Administration Manager - Graduate of University of California, Davis. Barbara is the administrative manager, but also works as a stage manager and technical assistant in Artists Ink's various projects & productions

Alejandro M Casanova

Digital Marketing Manager & Website Administrator - Graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay, with a BS in Business Administration w/ a concentration in Marketing.

Jessica Cerritos

Creative Leader Mentor - Jessica Cerritos is a creative from Salinas, Ca. A graduated of University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies.

Lisa Lopez

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor - Graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in illustration. Lisa is an emerging artist, working in both digital and traditional media.

David Tapia

Y.O.L.I. Arts Mentor -

Andres Ortiz

Creative Mentor - A graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a BFA in acting. Current Arts Education Manager for the Santa Cruz Arts Council and resident director with Artists Ink.

Board of Advisors

Raul Lara


Rosalinda Godinez

Professor at Hartnell College

Ana Barrera

Educator at EAHS

Veronica Pulido

Educator at Alisal High School

Joey Martinez


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