World Upside Down is a 501c3 registered nonprofit

Our Mission

We want to change the world

We believe that arts educators have the most powerful medium teachers can use to transform lives, to raise up a generation of young people who have a strong understanding of their true identity and the courage to live lives of integrity. We use our courses to give students a hope and a future so that they can change the world for good.

If that’s some thing thing that resonates with you, I’d love for you to join our community! Membership is free, so sign up today!

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Joanna Puello

I consider myself an eclectic artist. I play piano and violin and was an avid writer from the time I was a kid. The art of storytelling through pen and paper fascinated me as a child, and I produced countless plays and “movies” with my older brother. There was no limit to our imagination.

Soon after obtaining my M.S. in Instructional Design from Full Sail University, I founded and an arts focused nonprofit called World Upside Down. After more than 20 years of teaching in the classroom and online, I get to partner with teaching artists and arts educators to help them teach the arts through storytelling and videos.

But I didn't found World Upside Down just because I love the arts. I founded it because I believe that the right kind of arts education change the world for good, giving kids a hope and a future.

Jenelle Ferrer


Jairo Puello

Vice President

Christi Hicks Davis

Board Member

Alice Fairfax

Board Member

Jodi Gritter Gilbert

Board Member

David Morillo

Board Member

Our Advisory Board

We want to help you

As a teacher you have the power to exponentially transform our world for good, and I know that every day you are doing just that. Thank you. You are seen, you are valued, and you are loved!

When you feel tired, discouraged, and overwhelmed, please know that you are NOT alone! We are working hard to lighten your load by providing you with exceptional resources that make teaching the arts fun & easy for you and your students.

Nonprofit Leaders

We are committed to transparency

World Upside Down was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on March 21, 2015. As leaders in the nonprofit industry, we are committed to demonstrate our accountability as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are proud to rank as gold star members of the Guidestar Exchange Program. You can access details about our programs, impact, financials, and tax records on our Guidestar World Upside Down profile.