Mission & Values

LEIMAY (CAVE Organization Inc.) is a grassroots POC artist-run organization and performing arts ensemble that exists out of a converted garage space called CAVE in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Initiated by Shige Moriya of Japan in 1996 and joined by Ximena Garnica of Colombia in 2001, LEIMAY is led by immigrant artists and holds a regular NYC home season, offers classes to the public, brings in guest artists for workshops, and collaborates with presenting and educational partners across NYC and in upstate NY. LEIMAY was incorporated in 2003 by Ximena and Shige who were passionate about creating a space for art to exist amongst the barriers and challenges in NYC. We believe in the circulation of energies, resources, and imagination. 

Our collaborative multidisciplinary works include sculptural, video, mixed-media, and light installations as well as photography, training projects, stage performances, and publications. Our work exists in different domains, from large-scale productions for the theater or gallery space to art installations or performances in public places, to artifacts for someone’s home, to advocacy projects and creative protests, to a multi-year festival or educational program. Check out Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya’s portfolio here.

LEIMAY supports butoh practitioners, dancers, musicians, theater artists, visual artists, puppeteers, performance artists, and beyond. Our vision is to effect positive change in our community, sustain a professional Ensemble of performers, and make interdisciplinary artwork accessible to people with limited resources, opportunities, or exposure to art. Under Ximena and Shige’s leadership, LEIMAY has spearheaded a plethora of programs and initiatives that support artistic exploration, resource sharing, community, and professional development. Read more about LEIMAY community programs here.

LEIMAY Board

Fusako Ohta
President Fusako Ohta (President) is philanthropist, haiku writer, tap dancer, real estate investor and former gallerist (Cast Iron Gallery/SoHo). She has been a longtime supporter of LEIMAY as Shige worked at her SoHo gallery when he first arrived from Japan. Fusako joined the Board in 2022 as the President and contributes her deep cultural alignment with the leadership and vision of the organization. She has a comprehensive awareness of the non-profit and gallery landscape, and makes social and capital contributions to the development of LEIMAY.
Jose Rivera Jr.
Officer
Polina Porras
Polina Porras Sivolobova (Secretary) is a visual/performing artist of Mexican and Russian descent who has worked as a promoter, fundraiser and public relations official. She has a business management degree from Univ. of Texas at El Paso and received an Entrepreneurial Certification from Queens Economic Development Corporation in 2017. Polina started on staff in 2016 and joined the Board as Secretary in 2022. As a former bookkeeper and financial associate at LEIMAY, Polina understands the organization’s ethos and structure, and is able to contribute this knowledge to the growth and future of LEIMAY.
Raul Zbengchi
Treasurer Raul Zbengheci (Treasurer) is the Associate Director of Operations & Public Programs at NEW INC/New Museum, and he has worked with the Whitney Museum of American Art, PERFORMA, Times Square Arts, LMCC, and more. He is a Romanian-American cultural organizer, producer, and administrator who specializes in ambitious large scale art projects and supporting community groups fighting for social justice. Raul joined as staff in 2013, the Board in 2017, and became Treasurer in 2019. We are grateful for Raul’s understanding of institutional programming coupled with his deep appreciation of LEIMAY’s works and his budget management skills.
Robert Wilson
Honorary Board Member
Ximena Garnica
Artistic and Administrative Direction

Operations Team

Brandon Perdomo
Operations and Program Support
Greer Dworman
Financials and Accounting
Krystel Copper
Krystel Copper (Marketing Associate and LEIMAY Ensemble member) is a NYC based artist who has been a member of the LEIMAY Ensemble since 2016. She has been LEIMAY’s Marketing Associate since 2018, where she oversees content creation for the bi-weeky newsletter and interacts with all daily social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2010. Krystel has dramatically increased LEIMAY’s visibility over the past 5 years.
Megan Kendzior
Megan Kendzior (Development Consultant) is a dance maker and arts advocate who works as a Strategic Development Consultant with a variety of artists and organizations in the dance landscape. She worked for Movement Research as the Development Manager for almost 10 years and her experience translates to helping LEIMAY build its funding and operational infrastructure.
Rich|Bander
Accounting Firm
Talissa Bavaresco
Marketing Associate
Ximena Garnica
Artistic and Administrative Direction

Ensemble

Krystel Copper
Krystel Copper (Marketing Associate and LEIMAY Ensemble member) is a NYC based artist who has been a member of the LEIMAY Ensemble since 2016. She has been LEIMAY’s Marketing Associate since 2018, where she oversees content creation for the bi-weeky newsletter and interacts with all daily social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2010. Krystel has dramatically increased LEIMAY’s visibility over the past 5 years.
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Ximena Garnica
Artistic and Administrative Direction

Guests & Former Members

Advisory Board

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Honorary Board Member
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