Blocks, Trucks + Art was founded by husband-and-wife team: Angela De Vincenzo and Jeff Mayer, inspired by their son, Luca.
Angela De Vincenzo
Co-FOUNDER / LEARNING SPECIALIST / Educational CONSULTANT
Angela studied at NYU and Bank Street College of Education. She has worked in NYC independent schools for the past 20 years. Most recently, she served as Packer Collegiate Institute’s Lower School Learning Specialist. In addition, Angela held teaching tenures at the Chapin School and the City & Country School - the pedagogy/teaching philosophies of these schools range from the most academic to the most progressive. Angela’s methods combine direct instruction with open-ended learning opportunities. She hosts small group block building workshops to engage and support the collaborative process. Angela also retains a private practice, offering one-on-one and small group tutorial sessions for children in need of remediation and/or enrichment in the areas of literacy, mathematics and executive functioning. A proponent of life-long education, Angela regularly attends as well as speaks at conferences and workshops around the country, offering professional development to educators.
FOUNDER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Jeff Mayer has over 20 years’ experience in design, in NYC. His work has been featured in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, Interior Design Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Jeff previously worked for Rockstar Video Games, there he ran the branding department in Soho, NY. Jeff conceptualized and designed the vibrant mobile Blocks, Trucks + Art 18-wheeler, known fondly as “Big Mama,” currently at Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY. Jeff also designed and built out this gallery, outfitted with his photography, print and Subway Series products. A pioneer in BMX with 25 years as a Pro BMX rider, Jeff ranked in the top 10 in the US. Jeff built the dirt bike tracks / indoor ramps at Hayground School where he spearheads the instruction of Blocks, Trucks + Art’s biking program. Jeff has DJ’d in NYC for over 25 years and is currently DJ’ng private events - he has a weekly residence at Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor on Saturday nights. Jeff hosts private DJ lessons in the BT+A Gallery / Educational Workshop in his installation, titled “DJ BOOTH.”
INSPIRATION / Truck enthusiast / Skateboarder + BMXer
Luca’s passion for trucks was the reason his parents chose to purchase a semi. The 18-wheeler, which they christened “Big Mama,” is used by their family as a source of inspiration and learning for their son, and now, for children everywhere. Luca was born with a cleft palate, and many surgeries were endured from ages one to six to repair his palate and support his speech development. His deep connection to trucks provided inspiration and motivation to persevere in the face of a challenge. Keep on Truckin’ became the family’s mantra to encourage Luca to never give up. Luca’s confidence and determination have led him to be a sponsored skateboarder with Shut Skates NYC (since the age of three), and he also loves to ride BMX. Luca718 is his streetwear line - 718 is the area code for Brooklyn, where Luca was born and raised. Check out his pop-up shop in the back... Luca’s passions continue to inspire his parents, and the next steps they all take with Blocks, Trucks + Art.
Blocks, Trucks + Art uses the motto: Keep on Truckin’ as a positive mantra they use with their son, and all children who take part in the Blocks, Trucks + Art program.