Board of Directors
Mark Lewis Wagner
Wagner is the Founder and Creative Director of Drawing on Earth. Drawing on Earth has creatively worked with over 40,000 kids and adults, drawn on 3 continents, has chalk drawing two world records, and has created six pieces of art photographed by satellites.
Wagner’s first artistic adventures were in rural Pennsylvania as a second grader when he began to draw monsters and spaceships. Fast forward several years ago he worked on the Pixar/Disney feature film “John Carter” drawing monsters and spaceships. Wagner credits his brother for sparking a desire to draw, and his mother for her encouragement.
He has a MA from John F. Kennedy University in “Art & Consciousness”, and a BFA in “Art & Design” from Pratt Institute. Wagner’s clients have been the Smithsonian Institution – Museum of Natural History, Pixar/Disney, SpaceX, Target, CBS Interactive, PG&E, Oakland Museum, Oakland Zoo, and Tomorrow’s Women.
Wagner has worked as concept artist in the film industry, graphic designer, illustrator, author, musician, and fine artist. Wagner has taught art and creativity in digital art colleges, graduate school, state prison, and is currently teaching art live and online at Chabot College in Hayward CA. He spends half the year in Oakland CA, and the other half in his studio in rural Northern New Mexico.
A published author of three books. 1) Drawing on Earth: The Making of a World Record. 2) The Art of Being a Dad. 3) Hot off the press: Graffiti Wars: When Art Saved the World.
The Singing Tree Project – unitythroughcreativity.org/team/Leslie-rein
Leslie’s career in public service leading a large, multi-level department in County government presented an opportunity to lead by developing the unique contributions of people at every level of the organization. Her lifelong creative passions include contemporary and ecstatic dance, stilt walking, performance art, and Improv theatre.
Leslie began painting in 2019 which she’s describes as a Creative Awakening, bringing immense joy to her life and igniting a renewed passion for creative collaboration. Since 2019 Leslie has assisted MLW on several large chalk drawing projects and has facilitated group drawings in schools, public parks and children’s museums.
In addition to working with DoE, Leslie also facilitates the co-creation of murals with elementary school kids in a peace-building through art program called The Singing Tree Project whose mission is to promote peace and goodwill everywhere in the world through Creativity, Collaboration, and Compassion.
Bobbie Rae Jones
Bobbie is an artist, teacher leader, educator and community artist. Following the 2018 Camp Fire, she has been engaged in the re-building processes of thriving communities, and weaves in her artistic endeavors towards making, visioning, creating, dancing, singing and drumming together. Developing the muscle of the imagination, she has gained a novel set of skills in trauma-informed care and healing-centered practices within the individual and groups.
At the state level, she serves with teacher leaders in The California Arts Project advocating for equitable arts programs in TK-12 public education. Currently a resident in Paradise, Ca she especially loves facilitating collaborative art projects within community, believing arts is the answer to social problems.