Ashley Paniagua Cavallaro was a student at New Urban Arts from 2001 to 2005, where she and a friend started the first NUA fashion show then called UAD (Urban Artists Designers). She graduated from Classical High School and College Visions in 2005. Ashley went on to study at the New School University, University of Hawaii and Wheelock College. She graduated from Wheelock College in 2009 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, majoring in Studio Art and completing the Community Based Human Services Certificate Program.
She remained actively involved with New Urban Arts as an alumna, volunteering for various events and working as staff during the 2009 Summer Youth Workforce Training Mural Program.
In 2010, Ashley moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she worked at the Arc in Hawaii, a nonprofit providing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the island of Oahu. She then took a position as a family services specialist at HUGS (Help Understanding & Group Support), a nonprofit that supports families that care for children with chronic and life-threatening illness.
Wanderlust and self exploration have led Ashley through many adventures, including her journey from Hawaii back to Rhode Island. She completed a 3 week cross country road trip in June 2013 which included a visit to the world’s largest easel in Kansas!