Katina Papson-Rigby

Katina Papson-Rigby

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Katina Papson-Rigby


San Francisco Bay Area


·       25+ years in the field of education

·       Educational leader: executive director, school administrator, teacher 

·       Digital media specialist: Visual Arts + Community Engagement Teacher (K-12)

·       Contemporary interdisciplinary media and community artist


  • Innovative equity and belonging focused educator
  • Expertise in the arts, community/place based, ethnic studies and civic education
  • Professional interdisciplinary contemporary artist
  • Published author and designer of service learning, arts integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Dedicated and team oriented; devoted to establishing collective goals through creative collaboration
  • Skilled administrator of distinct educational youth programming
  • Established longstanding & successful partnerships with community organizations and city agencies


Professional Experience

Director of Service Learning

The Urban School of San Francisco
August 2019 - Current

Board Member

Horizons at San Francisco Friends School
May 2023 - Current

Board Vice Chair

People of Color In Independent Schools of Northern California
November 2016 - Current 2019

People of Color In Independent Schools of Northern California supports the academic achievement, professional development and advancement, self-determination, and well-being of students, families, and adults of color in PK-12 Bay Area schools. We believe that equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and social justice are integral to quality education for all.

Founding Artist

100 Days Action/ Artist Collective
2016 - Current


Director of Community and Inclusion (Lower School Art Teacher)

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School | San Mateo, California
June 2016 - June 2019

The National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) | Project Facilitator

CATDC Leaders of Color, 2016-17 Cohort

Service Learning Program Design and Support

Community Based Learning Specialist

Children's Day School | San Francisco, California
2011 - 2016

  • Collaborated closely with faculty, from grades 1-8, to design and co-teach integrated units of science and humanities with social justice curriculum, coordinate community based learning opportunities, and implement service learning projects
  • Collaborated closely with Director of Diversity and Inclusion on teacher professional development around inclusion, implicit bias and microaggressions, as well as classroom and affinity group curriculum development 
  • Maintain positive relationships with at least 15 Community Based Organizations and expert community members per year 
  • Class Advisor of every grade level in 5 years
  • Affinity Group Leader: Multiracial/ Multiethnic and White Ally Affinity Groups
  • Active member of the Committee on Inclusion and Diversity (COID)
  • Creator of middle school selective course entitled Art Speaks, an interdisciplinary class exploring the intersections of identity, community, art, and action 
  • Creator of middle school selective course entitled The Art of Noticing, a mindfulness class incorporating meditation, visual arts and service learning 
  • Co-designed/taught CDS Middle School’s Food and Agricultural Sciences Program, building in community connections and arts integrated projects to make learning visible
  • Yearbook teacher implementing the instruction of print design, photography and storytelling in journalism while mentoring my co-teacher on basic teaching strategies

Executive Director

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp | Deerfield, Massachusetts
2002 - 2005

  • Hired, trained and coached a staff of 20 teaching artists per summer
  • Organized and managed daily activities of a high quality summer arts education program hosting 175 students per summer while also performing as head visual arts studio instructor
  • Consulted with parents and teachers to ensure every student was successful
  • Ongoing evaluation of program and staff
  • Designed and facilitated weekly staff meetings and provided opportunities for educators with an interest in leadership
  • Co-directed final youth arts festival, film screening and performance event two times per summer for families and the local community
  • Worked closely with Deerfield Academy administration and staff on marketing, Board of Directors communications, enrollment, and facilities related issues
  • Developed and published school-wide camp newsletter, and launched the program’s first website
  • Met with teaching staff weekly to supervise curriculum design and ensure quality instruction. Many staff went on to become full time teachers or administrators in schools
  • Program became overwhelmingly popular; implemented a complex lottery system for admissions 

Visual Arts and Photography Teacher

Amherst Regional High School | Amherst, Massachusetts
2001 - 2006

  • Robert Frost Chair for Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, Amherst Regional Schools, 2003-2004
  • Amherst Area Educational Alliance Grants, AWARE Performance Group, 2001-2004
  • Courses taught: Foundations of Art (2D and 3D), Black + White Darkroom
    Photography, Digital Photo/Photoshop, Grades 9–12
    Co–organized and led school trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon to explore &
    strategize education/action campaigns about the devastating effects of oil
    explorations on indigenous communities (Chevron/Texaco) 
  • Designed and implemented ‘Girls Eye View’, “at risk” middle school girls photography leadership after-school program 
  • Faculty representative on Amherst Pelham Unified School District Council
  • Mentored five student teachers during tenure as classroom educator
    Student taught in K-12 Classrooms at 3 schools in the Amherst Regional Public School System  
  • Co-directed the Vagina Monologues with a student and managed challenging community and national conversations around the educational merits of the production 
  • Co-designed and directed student initiated multimedia activist art/performance group entitled AWARE after 9/11/2001 and addressed topics like Islamophobia for the greater student and faculty body 
  • After school technical theater and art director: set design, building, painting, and lighting design

Senior Program Associate: Global Youth Media & Arts Program

World Savvy, a global education non profit organization | National
2008 - 2011

  • Coached, supported, and sustained close working partnerships with 20+ middle &
    high school educators a year from over 15 Bay Area Public and Charter Schools from Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco Unified School Districts, and the SF Juvenile Justice Center (Youth Guidance Center)
  • Designed and co-facilitated professional development institutes for teachers on cultural competency, global issues, and the arts
  • Author and editor of three World Savvy original curriculum guides incorporating global themes (Power in a Global Society, Immigration and Identity, Sustainable Communities) with contemporary art, writing, and films
  • Facilitated workshops and lead community based field trips with over 1,000 Bay Area middle and high school students per year
  • Provided unique hands on experiential and project based
    learning opportunities for youth using the local community as a classroom, often in collaboration with expert individuals and organizations to support globally themed projects
  • Planned and executed annual large–scale youth arts museum exhibition, screening, performance showcase and community event 

Interdisciplinary Artist

Selected Art and Curatorial Exhibitions and Publications
1997 - Current

  • Current Project: 100 Days Action/ Values Vault: Residencies at Royal Nonesuch Gallery and Southern Exposure Gallery (100daysaction.net, valuesvault.net), 2017
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Citizenship Fellowship Recipient, 2017
  • First Person: 7 Women and Video, The Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College Heimbold Visual Art Center, 2010
  • Neighborhood Public Radio, Artist Collective, Whitney Biennial Exhibition, 2008 
  • Pathogeographies (Or, Other People’s Baggage) Gallery 400 University of Illinois
    Chicago 2007 
  • Digital Artifact Magazine, Online, digitalartifactmagazine.com Issue 1, 2007
    (Public screening at ATA in San Francisco 2008)  
  • Performance with William Pope. L, Black Factory, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
    March 2007 
  • California College of the Arts Centennial Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco CA 2007 
  • What’s The Story, PLAySPACE Gallery, curated by Katina Papson, San Francisco, CA
  • Art and Ecology Festival, Performance “The Duel” San Francisco CA Sept 2006 
  • Fair Trade, Outpost Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006, www.outpost-art.org 
  • Fair Exchange, Outpost Gallery/Irene Tsatsos, Los Angeles, CA 2006 
  • All that Remains, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006
  • Neighborhood Public Radio (NPR), San Francisco, CA 2006-Present
    Process, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 
  • Go Collaborative, Varnish Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 
  • Triple Base Gallery, 24th Street Promenade, San Francisco, CA 2005 
  • Why We Teach, Teachers College Press, Publishing 2005 
  • Papson and Rye, Vibes Gallery, Worcester, MA 2003 
  • Art from the Mechanism2: A Digital Group Show, Pivot Gallery, Florence, MA
  • An empty chair, two sedative fillings and endless off site dances, Amanouz
    Café, 2000
  • Looking at #1, Student Union Gallery, Amherst, MA. 1999 
  • MiNTRAtIERRA, Thesis Exhibition, Augusta Savage Gallery, Amherst, MA. 1999 
  • mOthertongue, Umass Amherst, published artwork 1998 
  • Artists and Teachers, Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA 1998 
  • Collaborations, Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA 1997
  • American Experiences, Bang’s Community Center, Amherst, MA 1997

Executive Committee Chair | Diversity Co-Chair (2009 – 2011), Collaborations Chair (2008), Marketing & Communications Co-Chair (2011)

Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco
2009 - 2011

  • Cooperating chair and advisor within a group of professional teaching artists and arts organizations dedicated to the advancement of arts education in San Francisco, and to providing children and youth with educational opportunities in the creative arts
  • Actively work to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among community and members on issues including diversity and equity, and successful school to community partnerships


iGPS Success
2007 - 2009

iGPS Success, Co-Founder

“iGPS” is a project focused on Inspiring Growth, Passion, and Success in students from K-16. The goal is twofold:
  • to help students express a more meaningful narrative of their learning, and
  • to guide them as they navigate through their learning, community, and lives. 

iGPS grows out of programs sponsored by the decade-old “Partnership for 21st Century Skills,” The Partnership’s main goal is to expand our schools’ traditional focus on the “3 R’s” to include new sets of “C” skills that will prepare students for education, work, and civic responsibility in the new century.In development and continuing extensive pilots. Looking for funding for continued development, game designers, educators and administration for piloting and interest in professional development training.  

Recipient of funding from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management Education (ISKME) and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Summer Program: Art Teacher

San Francisco Friends School
July 2006 - August 2006


Freelance Video Production and Photography
2000 - Current

Arts, Education, Community + Technology

2004 - Current

  • Why We Teach, Teaching through Light and Darkness; Teachers College Press, Sonia Nieto, editor
  • iGPS Success: Soft Skills Evaluation Tool, Funding Recipient, Institute for Knowledge Management Education and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2011
  • PAGE Fellow (Publicly Active Graduate Education,) Imagining America, Artists and Scholars in Public Life Conference, 2006  
  • Robert Frost Chair for Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, Amherst High School, 2003-2004 
  • Amherst Area Educational Alliance Teacher Grant, Aware Youth Performance Art Group, 2001-2004


California College of the Arts

Masters of Fine Arts | Media Arts

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bachelors of Fine Arts | K-12 Art Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bachelors of Fine Arts | Computer Design and Photography


Massachusetts Advanced Teacher Certification, K-12

Massachusetts Department of Education

Responsive Classroom Trained

Center for Responsive Schools, Inc. (CRS)

Developmental Design Trained

The Origins Program

Action Collab Facilitator Trained

Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management Education (ISKME)

Raising Race Conscious Children, Webinar Host

Raising Race Conscious Children | www.raceconscious.org
August 2016

Let’s Talk! Discussing Gender in the Classroom

Teaching Tolerance
September 2016

Diversity Leadership Institute Completion

National Association for Independent Schools
August 2018


Teacher collaborator

“Katina speaks from the heart and with authority that may derive from her wide experience in varying sectors of education and community outreach. She consistently contributes compelling information. I’ve frequently noticed Katina quickly establishing meaningful rapport with those she is meeting.”

Teacher collaborator

"I felt engaged by the information Katina presented, and it gave me another great point of reference during my teaching to engage my students."

Teacher collaborator

“Katina’s calm and grounded presence, in addition to her outstanding communication skills, make her skilled at facilitating conflict resolution. Her keen listening skills cultivate a climate of openness.”


N/at/ur:ion/al Elements
N/at/ur:ion/al Elements
World Savvy Immigration and Identity Collaborators Guide
World Savvy Immigration and Identity Collaborators Guide
100 Days Action – Resistance Gym @ YBCA
100 Days Action – Resistance Gym @ YBCA
Speak UP SF
Speak UP SF
Xerces+Green, A Play
Xerces+Green, A Play
Untitled (Post Katrina)
Untitled (Post Katrina)
The Legend of Archy Lee
The Legend of Archy Lee
Elementary Arts Education – Project Portfolio
Elementary Arts Education – Project Portfolio
Global Youth Media & Arts Program Introduction
Global Youth Media & Arts Program Introduction



June 7

Why We Teach, Teaching through Light and Darkness; Teachers College Press, Sonia Nieto, editor Co-creator of iGPS, (a self and peer “soft skills” assessment tool for students) Granted Development - Read Post

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