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

Executive 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.

Carlos L. Cortez

Program Director - 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.

Alejandro M Casanova

Marketing Director & Events Coordinator - Graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay, with a BS in Business Administration w/ a concentration in Marketing.

Barbara Carballo

Operations 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

David Tapia

Program Manager

Athena Enero

Production Coordinator - An undergraduate student majoring in Sociology at San Jose State University.

Luna Morales-Ortiz

Student Program Developer

Jalissa Anguiano

Administrative & Marketing Assistant

Jose Julio Garcia

Artists Alley Founder & Production Manager

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.

AJ Casas

TXO Assistant Mentor

Hannah Rebancos

TXO Lead Mentor

Ricardo Ibarra

YOLI Mentor

Jose Amador

YOLI Mentor

Marianna Jimenez

YOLI Mentor

Diana Carrasco

YOLI Mentor

Jocelyn Ramirez

YOLI Mentor

Adrian Cornejo

ESTA Mentor & Muralist

Board of Advisors

Ana Barrera

Educator at EAHS

Raul Lara


Veronica Pulido

Educator at Alisal High School

Joey Martinez


Rosalinda Godinez

Professor at Hartnell College

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