Recognizing that the world is rapidly changing, we envision a future that transforms how we experience the world around us as automation, technology and visual communication dominate every aspect of our lives. With the future in mind, we no longer have the luxury of grouping the creative technical arts as mere “electives” in the public school systems, allowing technical illiteracy to slowly deepen and widen economic barriers. With urgency, we recognize that communication is multimodal, and we are equipping communities with the ability to interpret, decode, create and become participants in The 4th Industrial Revolution. Our goal is promote innovation through creativity so that we contribute to the production of critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Our Core Activities Are:

  1. ADVOCACY: For greater diversity in the technical arts and trades industries.

  2. RESEARCH: Developing an evidence base that measures and tracks diversity.

  3. BROKERING CONNECTIONS: Building strategic partnerships and fostering relationships across the technical arts landscape.

  4. KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: Creating and supporting platforms for sharing resources, knowledge and best-practices.

  5. PROJECTS: Supporting projects that are in alignment with our mission that serve the public good.

Robyn Charles

Founder | Executive Director

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Film and Television, Ms. Charles received a B.A. and M.F.A. from the program; writing, directing, and producing several films and documentaries. Committed to offering students every opportunity to receive a college-level media education, she wrote original honors curricula for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD). All of Charles’ curriculum has been approved as University of California A-G Curriculum. What emerged is an award-winning film program within three years, nationally recognized by Advance Career Technical Education (CTE) as one of the top film programs in the nation. Serving as Adjunct Faculty at West Los Angeles Community College, Charles launched a union training program preparing high school students for industry with OSHA-regulated safety as well as grip and rigging training. It soon became clear to accomplish her goal of bringing this level of training to underrepresented communities on a broader scale, she would have to work with multiple school systems as well as partner with programs and institutions dedicated to bringing film arts education to communities of color.

Keysha Baynes

Program Director

20+ years of experience in Non-Profit Organization Fund Development, Programming, and Community Liaison/Coalition Building. Keysha graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in International Public Health from Clark Atlanta University. After graduation, she worked for the Atlanta Police Department initially as a community liaison but developed her position to include coalition building and community planning for the City of Atlanta and neighborhood communities. This was her entrance into the non-profit arena, with a focus on youth, that has spanned the United States and three additional countries. Since settling in Los Angeles in 2012, Ms. Baynes has continued her community and non-profit consulting in city and state government, private schools, and community centers. Since settling in Los Angeles in 2012, Ms. Baynes has continued her community and non-profit consulting in city and state government, private schools, and community centers.

Andrea Powell, M.A.


As the Treasurer for Diverse Academies of Professional Arts (DAPA) Andrea is in support of the education and growth of new media artists with a mission to provide professional experience and drive for innovation in underrepresented communities. After twenty-six years in the hospital financial services, Andrea has transitioned into production accounting. Her expertise encompasses collecting, editing, auditing, and analysis. Andrea’s duties also included data mining, statistics, and projections.