Aaron Krolikowski

Originally from Buffalo (NY), Dr. Aaron Krolikowski runs an independent consulting firm focused on expanding the use of cartography (maps), data visualization, and impact measurement, and policy analysis in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Aaron worked with United Way of Southern Nevada on the development of Community Connect, a local hub for community data (communityconnect.uwsn.org). Other ongoing projects aim to improve early childhood education, increase high school achievement, expand access to health services, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization.

Aaron holds a PhD in Geography (Oxford), and was a research fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom. His research focused on the use of mobile technology in the delivery of urban and rural water services in East Africa and was based at the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment. When he’s not out exploring the reaches of the Las Vegas Valley, you’ll probably find Aaron building community maps and data visualizations near a window at PublicUs.


Haley Box

Haley Box was born and raised in rural Alabama. She attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL where she earned her BA in History and a minor in creative writing. After college Haley attended Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC where she got her juris doctorate degree. After law school and passing the bar, Haley pursued her passion of public service by entering the legal aid profession. Haley was a staff attorney for four and a half years with Legal Services Alabama. She represented low income and elderly clients in the Birmingham, Alabama metro area with legal issues spanning from consumer fraud to divorces for victims of domestic violence. Six months ago Haley decided that it was time for a change so she accepted a position as a senior attorney with Nevada Legal Services in Las Vegas. Haley is the lead attorney for the new Rural Consumer Law Project which is funded by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The grant assists residents of rural Southern Nevada with consumer and housing legal issues. In her free time Haley enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes to play competitive trivia and practicing her amateur photo skills.


Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He graduated from Palo Verde High School in 2006 where he won Best Actor in a Leading Role, received 3 superiors for his contrasting monologue at the Nevada State Thespian Conference, designed all the posters for the school’s theater productions, and performed on his high school improv team.

Since then he has coached and judged high school improv. He is is an award winning playwright for his original play ‘When Mom Died on Saturn.’ Training with Insurgo Theater Movement’s Ensemble lead to many opportunities on stage. You may have seen him perform in ‘Waiting for Godot’ at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, ‘Awesome 80’s Prom’ at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino’s V Theater, or Red Dress at the Baobab Stage in Town Square. Recently, you can find him putting up 10 minute plays at Cockroach Theatre on First Friday, or at the Mob Museum role-playing with guests at the Use of Force Training Experience.

Right now he is getting ready to produce ‘Romeo y Julieta’ (Romeo and Juliet in Spanish) at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival. He is also working with the community to change the cross-walk messages in the arts district to reflect the voices of the artists in Las Vegas. He is also for hire as a performer for private parties that need environment actors or clowns.


Nima Abkenar

Nima Abkenar is a visual and conceptual artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. His interests include the nature of phenomenon, context, and their elaborated roots in social structures. Through exhibiting the anomaly of social events, Nima seeks to reiterate the circumstances and perspectives surrounding a phenomenon.

Nima is a native from Iran. His dislocation from his native home at 17 has shaped his contextual and conceptual views in art and sociology. His latest work Reiterative Onefocuses on aquariums, reminding their gradual fading presence in public. His interest in context has bounded his art practice with public art and cultural events.

For his latest collaboration with the Believer Festival, he created a site-specific installation 1200; using water as the main medium to create a body of still water in a hostile environment, he sought to create a picture that is both foreign and familiar to local Las Vegans. Visit his website at http://www.nimaabkenar.com/index.html


Marie Valencia

Marie Valencia is a long-time resident of Las Vegas and Downtown. Founder & creator of Mystic Herbs Shop, a Local Pop-Up shop that offers original artwork, handmade jewelry and fortune-telling locally since 2014 including events such as Life As Beautiful and First Friday.
Passionate about supporting Womxn and the Chicanx Community, she is actively up-to-date with relevant non-profit organizations that are in support of current events and protests. Marie is also an experienced model, co-creating with many visual artists in Las Vegas. Que Viva Las Vegas!