Our StaffWho We Are
Ellamonique Baccus is an art therapist and the Executive Director of Arts Partners in Wichita. She earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago for over 10 years prior to relocating to Wichita. She has extensive experience providing behavioral health therapy and diagnostic assessment for youth in grades K-12 in school based settings, residential treatment, community based settings, and counseling centers.
Ellamonique is also a professional artist, designing and implementing over 30 Public Art Projects that transform urban landscapes and promote community health through cross sector partnerships. She was trained in Renaissance Oil Painting at the Atelier Neo Medici in Monflanquin, France and received her BFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University.
As a service provider to the Chicago Public School District for 9 years, she developed curriculum based in creativity, innovation, problem solving and cultural exchange and trained teaching artists to provide trauma informed arts education and art therapy programs. Ella has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Arkansas Baptist College and Elizabeth City State University teaching Art History and Art Therapy and lectured at Wichita State University. She is a fellow of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Chicago Urban League IMPACT program. In 2017, she developed the Wesley Children’s Hospital Medical Art Therapy Program in Wichita. She also serves as an appointed member of the City of Wichita Design Council and Arts Council.
In her role at Arts Partners, she has been able to continue the work she began in Chicago in Kansas to provide a holistic educational experience through arts integration for students and support their social and emotional well-being as a significant component of academic success.
Nancy Lucas has worked with Arts Partners programming since 1999. Prior to that, she served as Director of Education at the Wichita Art Museum, where she had worked since 1981. She has served on the board of Kansas Press Women. Nancy has a BFA from University of Kansas.
Generation S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator
Teresa Khanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and moved to Wichita, KS at age six. She studied chemistry and art history at Butler Community College and Wichita State University. Her work as an artist, musician, actress, model and activist is focused around the desire to create space for and dialogue with underserved communities, youth, and people of color. She is dedicated to the shared efforts of building community by creating connections across all divides, and she brings that exciting energy to her work with Arts Partners. Teresa is here to lend a hand and give a voice to the children of today that will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Tiffany Sowa is an author and visual artist who holds a BS from Southwestern College in Strategic Leadership and is currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She has in the past been the Director of eLearning for Cowley College and the Education Director at Mark Arts before joining Arts Partners as their Program Director. Tiffany has exhibited her artwork at the Delmar Riney art gallery, and has created several public murals. Her goal is to touch as many lives as possible through art. Tiffany is married and has three children, two of whom are college students studying their own forms of art.