PROGRAM DIRECTORS & FOUNDERS
Danea johnson (co-founder)
Danea serves as the Communications and Events Coordinator at the Women's Community Center of Central Texas (WCC). She has expertise managing two programs for the non-profit organization, including the Women's Empowerment Conference (WE Con), and developing the popular Alt Girl Cinema film screening series. Danea has managed the Women's Empowerment Conference for four years, and has gathered thousands of in-kind donations for the conference. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Womens’ & Gender Studies and Middle East Studies, and a Mass Communications degree from Texas State University. Her creative motto is always consider who’s behind the lens. She has lived in Austin for the past 10 years and Texas her whole life.
FAIZA KRACHENI (co-founder)
Faiza was born and raised in East Austin and currently serves as the Programs Director of Motion Media Arts Center - a 20-year running art & film nonprofit. She began her journey as an MMAC Director in 2011 and has led the organization in developing & launching MMAC's Austin Cinemaker Space program in 2016. In addition to developing ACS, she leads MMAC in the development, implementation, and growth needed for sustaining and launching new programs for all ages. She is extremely passionate about advocating for working class artists, accessibility, and protecting the culturally-rich East Austin neighborhoods. She is an active filmmaker, musician, and educator having work exhibited and toured around the entire U.S., Mexico, and Canada. You can find her teaching filmmaking at the Mexican American Cultural Center, touring with her band(s), planning the next Transform Film Festival or making something!
LARISSA Akhmetova (co-founder)
Larissa is an illustrator, graphic designer, muralist and educator from Galveston, TX. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Creative Action and Assistant Director of Color Squad, co-facilitating a mural + skills building program for teens 14-18. Larissa believes in the power of representation and strives to depict people from all walks of life in her pieces. She studied Advertising and Design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds a BS in Communication Studies. She continues to dedicate much of her time to honing her craft, building relationships with artists and community members, organizing arts events and workshops, and painting murals.