Artistic Director & Teacher

Leora Saposnik


Synovia Knox


Amelia Paulino

Little Picassos was born out of a basket of art supplies Leora Saposnik brought with her to volunteer at The Road Home shelter.

Believing that every child should have the right to an equal education and means of expression, Leora and some of the families she met at shelter, set out to create a program that allowed for such inclusion.

It is our hope that every child finds her true potential through our exploration of art.

After a career in multi-cultural curriculum education and work as a historian, Leora delved into her love for art. Her love of children brought her to teaching and, then, to arts education, the perfect pairing of her two passions.

Our program includes a talented, caring, and inclusive teaching staff.

Throughout our existence as a program, we've aimed to make the teaching staff reflective of the students it supports.

My name is Synovia Knox, and I’m a recent graduate of The University of Wisconsin- Madison’s 2020 class. I grew up on Madison’s Southside and am a firm believer in the power of art as a catalyst for growth, education, and social change. As a visual and performing artist I am excited to bring my experience from the First Wave Hip-hop and Urban Arts Program, as well as from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Art Department back to my community. I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Amelia and her two younger children have been active participants in the Little Picassos program for two years.

A native of Mexico, Amelia will make our programming more accessible to students who are new English learners.

Amelia is a warm and helpful presence in our classroom.

Hola, mi nombre es Amelia: soy originaria de Mexico. Mis dos hijos menores han estado en el programa desde 2018, nos encanta el programa disfrutamos mucho las actividades. Estoy mu agradecida por tener la oportunidad de ser parte de este programa, me maravillo de ver a los niños usar su gran talento en pequeños Picassos.