Meet the Team
Our team strives to show up as authentic versions of ourselves in all the work we do. Feel free to reach out to anyone with specific questions or possible collaborations.
Founder & Executive Director
Fernanda Lopez (LMHC, MA)
Fernanda (she/they) was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia — where she studied psychology and painting. Until one day, she enrolled in a cultural exchange program and landed in Massachusetts, where she found that both of her passions were actually a real profession, deciding to become an expressive arts therapist.
After finishing her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy at Lesley University, she wanted a space in the city she called home where healing through the arts was possible. The multilayered richness and culture of Lawrence, MA provided all that she needed to manifest her vision –– with many trusted hands, she was able to open the doors to La House with her friends Issa, Renée, and Jenna.
You may find Fernanda roller-skating, frolicking in her garden, and making mermaid splashes at the beach.
Teaching Artist & Makerspace Co-Lead
“...queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent, create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” — bell hooks
from the Hood to the World, like rain on a tin roof, jayvie san (he/him) is a cultural worker and teaching artist with an interdisciplinary approach whose work speaks to his revolutionary politics, spirituality, and his entanglement with language.
jayvie’s writing is equally influenced by the scenes he grew up around — spoken word and rap, to be specific. jayvie sees his artistic practice as a way to communicate — with the World, with himself, with his ancestors… Thematically, his work stitches together the old and the new, holds both the mythological and the mundane, and it’s through those contradictions that he believes we find a new way to look at the World.
jayvie has 5+ years of experience in creative workshop facilitation and community organizing, having spent these last few years crafting space(s) for himself and his community to heal, transform and grow.
Makerspace Community Ops & Guest Artist
Y-Bình (they/she) is a proud daughter of American War in Vietnam refugees, descendent from a rural farming community in An Giang, Việt Nam, and situated in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
They are a communal mythology storyteller, multi-media artist, budding agriculturalist, and avid eyeliner enthusiast. Their writing focuses on eco-resistance sci-fi, transgenerational trauma & healing, critical compassion, queer coming of age love stories, diaspora hustles and bustles, and visionary fiction by way of recognizing the power of making space for past, present, and future ancestors to heal and build new worlds. Y-Bình also uses their 10+ years of experience with ceramics to build new forms.