Art Transforms Inc. (ATI), is a non-profit organization, founded by two artists who saw a gap in services in the Southeast Queens community and decided to link with other artist to fill the gap.  ATI is based in South East Queens, NY. We are rooted in traditional art techniques but allow personal creativity to shine in every painting.

Our Mission

To bring integenerational visual art education to the underserved community.

We aspire to  fill the gap missing from art appreciation in schools and give seniors the opportunity to express their creativity.  In low-income communities, opportunities to experience art appreciation are limited. We believe exposure to the transformative powers of visual art is inspirational and opens a whole new world to the participants

Our Vision

Our goal is to build character and self-esteem in those who participate in ATI’s programs and to beautify the community with visual art.  Our hopes are to create life changing experiences.

What We Offer

We offer weekly free visual art classes with opportunities to exhibit artwork created. Included with our classes are art education and artist as entrepreneurs.  We provide support to emerging artist by providing platforms for them to display their artwork.

Executive Committee Bios

Wanda Best, CEO, MA, MPA, Artist

Ms. Best believes art is a way to interpret the world.  Through art she communicates social injustices that plague communities of color.  Art is a non-threatening way to express the traumatizing pain of poverty, hyper-incarceration, environmental racism and other social ills that are present in urban areas. Growing up in Harlem during the 1960’s she experienced poverty first hand and felt its traumatic impact. She also saw the beauty of people who made something out of nothing and the innocent happiness of families who were bond together simply by love.  Her paintings are from imagination or memory. Each painting is inspired by an event or an emotional experience. She not only captures the images with her brushes and colorful strokes, she educates the viewer with her conceptualized paintings.

She is CEO and Founder of “Art Transforms, Inc.”  Her mission is to offer art appreciation to the community to distract from the crime generative factors that can lead to criminal justice involvement, while building character and self-esteem.

She teaches visual art at Rochdale Village Community Complex.  Participants are exposed to art education, technique development and a workshop on the profitable artist/entrepreneur.  She organizes Social Justice art exhibits as a way of educating the community.

To book a Paint Soiree’ aka Paint & Sip to raise money for your organization or other information she can be reached at 917-412-7889.

Phyllis Miner, Social Worker, Artist

Ms. Miner was raised in an artist family.  However, she is a crafter who discovered the joy and healing power of painting two years ago.  She is a self-taught artist who enjoys exploring and expressing a wide range of emotions using acrylics.

Nature and trees specifically, fascinate her due to the uniqueness of each tree. Trees can be used to express the invoke emotions from tranquility to devastation. In addition to painting she creates jewelry and book sculptures. She’s always experimenting with innovative and creative materials to create artwork.

Winston Huggins, PhD, Artist

Winston Huggins, Ph.D. NYU, is a professor of art and communication. He is a painter, media designer, and inventor of the Ezpal Art Studio, and creator of the Optimalart Program. He also created the Medgar Evers College/CUNY course, Introduction to World Art. He studie at Westminster School in the UK, the Jamaica School of Art, CUNY, the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Fine Art, NYU, and the New School. He has taught internationally in the Caribbean, and at Ogun State Polytechnic, Nigeria. He has had exhibitions at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Lever House, and the National Gallery of Jamaica. He is the recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts grant to encourage creativity and studio art education. You can see more of his work at winstonhuggins.com/gallery

Board of Directors

Phyllis Miner, MSW, Chair of Board of Directors
Dr. Winston Huggins, Director of Education
Dionn Ross, Secretary
Barbara Scott, Literary Director/Board Member
Kim Tillman, Property Manager
Nicole Lopez, Director of Jewelry Designs