Protohaven is thrilled to announce the recipients of our Teaching Fellowship! Protohaven’s Teaching Fellowship is a program that is designed for makers looking to enhance their pedagogical skills. The Teaching Fellowship team plays a key role in creating a rich, supportive learning environment that brings value to students of all skill levels while enhancing their ability and confidence as an instructor. Get to know each of the fellows below!
Nola Mims (they/them) is a visual artist and researcher with a background in psychology. They graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Psychology and Studio Arts. Nola’s creative practice centers identity as a psychological and aesthetic concept. Their practice is an interdisciplinary one that spans various mediums from photography to sculpting.
Jerel Webster (he/him) has always had a passion for exploring the unknown world of artistic expression.
Graduating from ICM School of Business & Medical Careers with an Associates degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business Management, Jerel moved to New York to work for Andrew Sports Co. designing in their Plugg Jeans department before returning to start his own clothing line as well as freelance design for many local clothing brands here in Pittsburgh PA. Jerel now works for the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as the Community Outreach & Engagement Teaching Artist facilitating design/ceramic/digital/photography art projects and experiences throughout the region.
Imani Batts (she/her) is a sustainable fashion designer located in Homestead, PA. As a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Imani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Small Business Administration. During the pandemic, she created Catherine Trendz LLC. The mission of Catherine Trendz is to inspire others to incorporate one-of-a-kind customs and sustainable wardrobes by reworking second-hand garments. The ultimate goal is to save the world– one piece of clothing at a time.