Oliver "SydeSho" Arias
Oliver 'SydeSho' Arias is co-executive director of Pushed Learning and Media. An accomplished educator, rapper, and Hip Hop dancer, SydeSho frequently dances and competes at the national level. Outside of PLM, he works with adults with disabilities. He's released one solo mixtape, as well as a mixtape with The Funk Underground, a Hip Hop collaboration with Eric Axelman and other artists.
Nikolos Gonzales is the documentary film director at Pushed Learning and Media. Based in Los Angeles, Nik's filmmaking career has centered around the arts and humanities, and he has worked on a variety of feature documentary films.
Eric Axelman is the co- executive director of Pushed Learning and Media, as well as an educator, filmmaker, and Hip Hop performer. In addition to his work at Pushed, Eric is the co-executive director of Tikkun Olam Productions, where he focuses on documentary film work.
Assitan ‘Assi’ Coulibaly is a Malian-American dancer, choreographer, and educator. Assi began training in West African dance with New Works/World Traditions at Brown University with whom she has performed and travelled worldwide. Much of her early work is greatly inspired by her Malian heritage and is highlighted by her fusion of Coupe Decalé, traditional West African, and Hip Hop dance and music styles. Her most recent work, Ne So, addresses the complexity surrounding refugee status, war, hope and hopelessness.
Taylor Lomba is a bboy (breakdancer) of ten years, an educator, and a curriculum coordinator at Pushed Learning and Media. In 2015, Taylor graduated from Brown University, where he organized several Hip Hop-centered community outreach events, and led the student group Ground Breakin' to connect with and represent members of the greater Rhode Island community. Currently, Taylor teaches Hip Hop dance at Bridgewater State University, and runs dance classes/programs at various locations across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.