Artistic Director & Teacher

Leora Saposnik or


Ky Romero


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.

Hi! My name is Ky, and my pronouns are she/her. I am an art education and psychology student at UW - Madison. I am pursuing a career in art education, and I am very excited to share my passion for the arts both in and outside of the classroom with young artists!

As a child I often found art to be a safe space. I have always had a love for art and creating. In my own work I most recently have focused on glass blowing, neon, and printmaking. I have experience working with almost every medium out there, but I am excited to continue my own earn in collaboration with kids.

Art is an amazing way to express yourself and experiment. It is my hopes that I can be an advocate for the arts and create equitable and accessible experiences for all. I am grateful to be a teacher at Little Picasso’s and share my passion with others.

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.


Milani Howard

Milani Howard is a 'graduate' of Little Picassos, having been a participant in the program when she was a fabulously creative little girl. We could not be more delighted to have Milani back as a teacher!

Milani is still interested in art and design, and plans to attend college and major in interior design. She is also learning to be a pilot!