Tymon Emch

Founder & Educational Director

 

For six months Tymon taught in Cusco, Peru, where he observed a disconnect between his school’s curriculum and the lives of the children it served. That is, until he helped create hands-on classes based on a love for art, music, archeology and writing, which inspired the children, particularly the teenagers.

“I thought sincere, passionate learning opportunities could help combat teenage apathy,” says Emch, who had studied biology, chemistry and Spanish as an undergrad. “At the time I felt that providing an alternative to public education was the answer.”

When he returned to Bend, Oregon, Emch organized after-school classes not taught by educators, but by artists and other members of the Bend community. The classes included screen printing, stencil graffiti, hip-hop, slam poetry and stand-up comedy, and some were taught in Spanish.

Today, the program he founded in 2009, Cada Casa, has served about 450 students in after-school high school programs in Central Oregon and the Portland metro area, and more than 1,500 students through classroom programs.

“We started with after-school programs, but found that pushing into the classroom was more effective. So we focused on pairing with teachers, writing grants, and entering the schools that way.”

- Portland State Magazine | January, 2016

Tymon currently holds a Masters in Education and has been teaching Dual Language Science in the Beaverton School District.  He is soccer referee and coach, snowboard coach, and is a bilingual education consultant.  

 


Jason Graham

MOsley WOtta

Poet & Visioneer

Chicago born Oregon based artist Jason Graham (AKA MOsleyWOtta) is an undeniable talent. A consummate creative,  his works have been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist and educator for over a decade. MoWo is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. He has been featured multiple times as a TED X speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, PBS Oregon Art Beat. Recently MOWO lead discussion interviews with Pulitzer Prize nominee  Laila Lalami, Jimmy Santiago Baca. He was the 2012 Commencement speaker for Central Oregon Community College. As well as the 2015 Convocation speaker for OSU Cascades. Also, MOWO is a Rapper, so there's that.

He has shared the stage with and open for : Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Buddy Wakefield, Patricia Smith, TechNine,  Blackalicious, Indigo Girls, Toots and the Maytals, Tricky, Former NAACP President Myrlie Evers-Williams and many more.

Recently MOWO traveled to Nauru as a journalist to write for VICE magazine and report  on the Refugee camps and conditions. Additionally MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy. 

 

"Whether teaching a class, working one on one, or performing , MOWO connects… he inspires us to to share our humanness and express ourselves with vitality.”

- Brad Tisdel, Americana Project

Besides teaching the SPIT: Spoken Poetry is Transformational and Hip Hop 101 classes, Jason is a board member of Cada Casa and has been a key member of the organization's inception, development, and planning.