Gigi Chew, LMSW
Gigi has been a teacher and Director at Spark Arts since co-founding the program in 2017. From 2011 to 2021, she taught at Studio Creative Play preschool and has assisted at the Roberts Field School elementary school in Park Slope. Gigi is deeply committed to providing children with a joyful, nurturing, and creative learning environment that celebrates each child’s inner spark of talent, kindness and inspiration.
As a child of a diplomat, Gigi grew up in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her exposure to a wide variety of cultures greatly shaped her worldview and appreciation of arts and traditions from around the globe. Her goal as a teacher is to cultivate in students global awareness, open-mindedness, compassion, and respect for diversity. A nature lover, Gigi often integrates natural elements into her work with children. She received her Permaculture Design Course certification in upstate NY in 2009 and attempts in her daily life to honor the 3 permaculture principles: earth care, people care, fair share. In 2010, in an effort to offer urbanites greater access to nature and food, Gigi co-founded Get Dirty NYC- a non-profit that connected New Yorkers with volunteer opportunities at city farms and gardens.
Gigi completed her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work, both at NYU. She spent eight years working as a Social Worker with high-risk children and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, soup kitchens, supportive housing residences, shelters and public schools.
In her free time, Gigi enjoys spending time with her middle school daughter, a Spark veteran! Gigi is an avid reader, meditator, forager, crafter, and perpetual student of life. Her interests include cultural anthropology, ethnobotany, wilderness survival skills, and philosophic traditions from around the world.
Assistant Director, Co-Founder
A musician and educator, Angus Davidson holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in piano performance and orchestral conducting studies, and brings eight years of teaching experience to Spark Arts. In addition to his work at Spark Arts, he is the Assistant Director of Studio Creative Play and the Roberts Field School, a creativity-centered arts enrichment program and elementary school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he has also taught music curricula. He has served as Choral Director and head of the Music Department at Camp Lanakila, an outdoor camp in Fairlee, Vermont, where he also built and taught nature and outdoors curriculum as the Head of the Exploring Department. In 2017, Angus attended the Yarn/Wire Institute at Stonybrook University as a pianist, and was a candidate for the 2017 Ottorino Respighi Prize in Conducting at the New York Conducting Workshop.
Raised in Rhinebeck, New York with a passion for the outdoors, Angus is an avid whitewater canoeist and enjoys hiking and wilderness exploration. He lived in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015, serving as an ESL instructor at ECC Namgwangju, teaching English and completing studies in piano and Korean language at the Gwangju International Center. He incorporates his love of the outdoors and exploration of other cultures into his teaching and musicianship.
Angus is so excited for the 2021 Spark Arts program, and the opportunity to explore the arts and the natural world through the multi-cultural lens.