Alison HollandAlison Holland (6)

Alison Holland is a Minnesota-based artist working to empower and connect residents of rural communities through creative civic engagement and problem solving. Her background includes experience as a choreographer, educator, writer, and community leader, and I draw on this varied expertise to create projects that build engagement and address community challenges. Alison’s projects have resulted in creating new methods for community dialogue, kinesthetically-engaged teaching approaches, and experiences that connect community residents. You can find out more about her work here.

Allison UpshawAllison Upshaw (3)

Allison Upshaw is also known as “MzOpera”, and for the last 13 years she’s worked as a Performing Arts Integration Consultant/ Teaching Artist in AL, AR, GA, TN and SC. Her background includes two degrees in Voice Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Louisiana State University, a union card from the Actor’s Equity Association, years of studying African influenced dance, and a stint as a college instructor of voice and acting. Allison provides residencies, workshops and professional development in arts integration. In 2012, she had the privilege of being selected to present at the 1st International Teaching Artist Conference in Oslo, Norway. - See more at:

Amelia HutchisonAmelia Hutchison (7)

Amelia Hutchison is a native of Victoria, British Columbia and is currently a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Presently pursuing a degree in General Fine Arts, Amelia hopes to earn her masters in Community Arts. A personal interest in the transformational power of art to heal, restore and rebuild, especially in the areas of crime and trauma has lead her to work at the Baltimore City Detention Center and in other communities in the city. Amelia currently works with clients Powell Recovery Center facilitating art workshops based on the principles of restorative justice. Her own artistic practice revolves around themes of forgiveness, empathy and memory. Amelia uses painting, video and mixed media installation and poetry to explore these themes. More of her work can be seen at

Anagha KusumAnagha Kusum (4)

Artist and researcher, Anagha Kusum has been working in the field of art, culture and education since last 8 years. Through her center ‘Mruda’ she conducts many experimental lectures and workshops at renowned schools and institutes in India. She is also a columnist and has written extensively on art and culture. More at:

Andrea JandernoaAndrea Jandernoa (3)

Andrea Jandernoa is an artist and educator working in Indianapolis. After receiving her BA in Studio Art, she earned her MA in Philosophy & Contemporary Critical Theory from Kingston University of London. Using this MA to inform and develop her work, she explored the relationship between poverty and community and its influence on identity formation. Throughout her work as both an artist and educator, she has focused on community development, the implications of poverty, and formation of identity in individuals of minority groups. She relishes the power of art to express singularities in each individual. Find out more here:

Androneth Anu SieunarineAndroneth Anu Sieunarine (6)

Androneth Anu Sieunarine grew up in Trinidad and was educated under the British system of education. She migrated to the United States in the late 1980s after teaching in Trinidad for five years. She attended Brooklyn College where she graduated with a Bachelor and Masters degrees in Studio Art /Art History and Art Education. She attended Columbia University where she graduated with a Doctorate in Art Education in 2008. She is the curator and arts coordinator of New York City Art Teachers Association, a delegate of New York State Art Teachers Association, a painter and a cultural researcher. Androneth currently teachers Visual Arts at The High School of Fashion Industries in New York City. - See more at:

Angela GalloAngela Gallo (5)

Angela M. Gallo is Artistic Director of Sapphire Moon Dance Company and Associate Professor of Dance at Coker College. Performance highlights include: the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; Dance Theatre Workshop, White Wave Cool NY Festival, The Dancenow Downtown Festival, the Fringe Festival of Independent Artists (Toronto), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and others. She has danced with numerous companies and has often been sought after as a guest choreographer and instructor. Angela holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Theater and Dance from Central Connecticut State University. Angela’s work is influenced by her dance and somatic training. |

Anna PlemonsAnna Plemons (11)

Anna Plemons is a guest teaching artist with Arts in Corrections at California State Prison-Sacramento.  She is also the Blackburn Fellow at Washington State University, where her primary research interests revolve around teaching and writing in prison, and the complications and implications of such work.  For more information, please visit

Annie Harrison ElliottAnnie Harrison Elliott (3)

Annie Harrison Elliott is currently a teaching artist in Atlanta, GA and is the founder of Eyes on the Sky, Arts Learning. Through her organization, she teaches and implements programs in dance, drama, creative writing, and playwriting for children. Annie has a BA in Dance and Creative Writing from Franklin & Marshall College and a MA in Arts Education from New York University. As an actor, dancer, and playwright, she has been a teaching artist for Education in Dance and the Related Arts (NYC), The Fulton Theatre (PA), a guest artist for Franklin & Marshall College, and an acting and dance instructor in various studios throughout the United States. Visit her website.

Ardina GrecoArdina Greco (6)

Mark Dzula and Ardina Greco are teachers, artists, and scholars. They also are married to each other, which allows them to spend lots and lots of time together. Whether working for the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, or even Teachers College at Columbia University, Mark and Ardina continually find ways to challenge and inspire each other in theory and in practice. Mark’s research is focused on Aesthetics, Media, and Equity and Ardina focuses on the interactions of Artists, Curators, Educators, and Young Audiences in museum programs. They also co-direct a performance group called Jukebox Radio together. Here, they use shadow puppets, projections, and music in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions to develop Family Day shows and programming to highlight and engage visitors with work on view. Here is a link to Jukebox Radio on Facebook. - See more at:

Becca BarniskisBecca Barniskis (1)

In addition to serving as an associate editor at the Teaching Artist Journal, Becca Barniskis works as a teaching artist of poetry and as a free-lance writer and consultant in arts education for a range of schools and arts organizations across the upper Midwest. She co-authored the Teaching Artist Handbook, vol. 1: Tools, Techniques and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach (University of Chicago Press). She also has a chapbook of poems, publishes her poems in a variety of journals, and performs regularly as part of Downrange Telemetrics, a collaboration of poetry, music, and visual art, and as a member of Pancake7. More at

Billy MillerBilly Miller (7)

In over two decades of making media (writing for magazines such as Esquire, advertising for the likes of Levi’s and Nike and writing/producing television for major networks and feature films) the most rewarding work to Billy Miller is teaching and making movies with young people through Oregon schools and The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs.   Email:  Find Billy on Vimeo. Find Billy on Linkedin.

Bonnie GabelBonnie Gabel (1)

Bonnie Gabel is a director, theater maker, and arts educator. She has taught theater, creative movement, acrobatics, digital storytelling, puppet making, and costume design and construction to children and adults of all ages. Bonnie currently works as a drama integration specialist with grades preK-8 with KidSmART in New Orleans. She leads workshops for teachers on using theater techniques to reach multiple learning styles. She is artistic director of Night Light Collective, a multi-city women’s ensemble performance company that works through physical improvisation to create original work and re-envision classic texts. 

Caitlyn KammingaCaitlyn Kamminga (3)

Caitlyn Kamminga currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where she was invited to help create and write the programs for the National Academy for the Performing Arts, which opened its doors in 2011. She is also the Director of the Caribbean Network for Arts and Education Foundation (CANOAE) Teacher Training String Program. Prior to accepting her current post, she held title positions in orchestras on three continents, touring and recording extensively in genres as varying as the Dr. Who series filmed at the BBC, to the first ever recordings of the Louise Farrenc Piano Quintet Opp. 30 and 31. Since arriving in Trinidad she has focused on fostering creativity through collaboration.

Caleb WinebrennerCaleb Winebrenner (2)

Caleb Winebrenner is a n English teacher, storyteller and teaching artist based in Tempe, Arizona. His unique performances craft world folklore and wisdom tales into warm, engaging events. Trained as an actor, mime, and teacher, his performances and clas ses draw out the natural warmth, intelligence, curiosity, and wisdom of all present. He especially loves the opportunity to engage with young people around the issues that matter to them, often through the lens of a parable or story. As Paulo Coelho once said, "The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gap where everything else has crumbled."

Carol Ng-HeCarol Ng-He (12)

Carol Ng-He is a Chicago-based museum and arts educator. She received a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol serves as the K-12 & Continuing Education Program Developer at The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Her essays appeared in edited books, 23 Questions from Teachers that Artists Can Help Answer (2011), andTransforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning (2012). In 2012, Carol was awarded the Promising Leadership Award from the Association of Midwest Museums, and named the Museum Art Educator of the Year Award by the Illinois Association of Art Education.

Cheryl PaswaterCheryl Paswater (2)

Cheryl Paswater is an artist who works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is largely comprised of paintings and works on paper, as well as works in printmaking, sculpture, installation art and various street art projects. She works as a teaching artist for Free Arts NYC and the Brooklyn Arts Council and is a contributing writer for various publications.

Chio FloresChio Flores (4)

Chio Flores is a Peruvian visual artist and teaching artist who recently moved from New York to Lima, Perú.. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú with a major in printmaking. As an accomplished visual artist, she has exhibited her mixed media work and installations in different countries such as the US, Canada, Finland, Puerto Rico and Perú. Chio is currently working on her seventh solo exhibition God Only Knows to open in April 2012 in Lima and compiling material for a book about her practice as a teaching artist. You can see her art work and process in and and read about her teaching artist work in

Daniel A. Kelin IIDaniel A. Kelin II (13)

An ardent teaching artist, Daniel A. Kelin II is Honolulu Theatre for Youth Director of Drama Education and Immediate Past President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). He is on the Teaching Artist roster of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and was Director of Theatre Training for both Crossroads Theatre for Youth in American Samoa and a Marshall Islands youth organization. A 2009 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, he has also had fellowships with Montalvo Arts Center, TYA/USA and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Dan recently co-authored The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field for Intellect Books. More at

David RufoDavid Rufo (11)

David Rufo is a doctoral candidate in Teaching and Curriculum in Art Education at Syracuse University. With eighteen years’ experience as an elementary classroom teacher, David’s current research includes empowering students to become critical agents by fostering choice, autonomy, self-governance, and spontaneous creative learning experiences. David is also a visual artist and an instructor in Art Education at Syracuse University. David has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications such as Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Power and Education, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Visual Artbeat and The STEAM Journal.

Debora BroderickDebora Broderick (5)

Debora Broderick teaches outside Philadelphia, in a dual-enrollment program for high school seniors interested in education careers.  A former English, Creative Writing, and Art teacher, Deb employs an arts integrated pedagogy and methodology in this early pre-service teacher preparation program.   Deb is also an EdD Candidate at The University of Pennsylvania in Reading/Writing/Literacy, where her research focuses on using the arts as a method of inquiry into teacher identity development and critical literacy issues.  As a creative writer, poet, and (sometimes!) visual artist, Deb is interested in exploring the role the arts can and should have in teacher preparation and education.

Elise Gallinot GoldmanElise Gallinot Goldman (1)

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Elise MayElise May (6)

Elise May is a Teaching Artist who has performed and taught in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and England. With degrees in Theatre and Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Elise has developed many educational programs using theater arts for vocal empowerment with mainstream, Special Education and ESL students of all ages. Creating interactive, multisensory programs with curricular and thematic connections allows Elise to work with school districts, libraries, camps and corporations on performance, communications skills and community development. Her mission is for all to be heard, be understood and be confident.

Emma BoldenEmma Bolden (7)

Emma Bolden’s chapbooks include How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press), The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press), and The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press).  She was a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize and for a Ruth Lily Fellowship.  She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.  - See more at:

Gigi Schroeder-YuGigi Schroeder-Yu (5)

Gigi Schroeder-Yu began her career in education as an art and drama teacher in elementary classrooms in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Chicago. She completed her masters degree from the University of Arizona and is currently pursing her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.  For she several years has assisted with the implementation of the Reggio Emilia Approach while working for inner city programs in Chicago, central Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently, she is a professional development provider for Christina Kent Early Childcare Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  They are implementing collaborative professional development through the study of children’s interests and the use of documentation protocol.  Contact Gigi - See more at:

Holly AdamsHolly Adams (8)

Artistic Director of Shearwater Productions and a member of SAG-AFTRA, Holly Adams is a long time mask maker, stage combat choreographer, and performer with a focus on VO/audiobooks and on physical theatre. Holly also loves being a teaching artist whether she is giving a master class in NYC or at a college, or creating arts-a-the-core inquiry based curricula for elementary and high schools. She is the recipient of ATA’s Teaching Artist Service to the Field award for 2009-2010 and a board member for NYState Theatre Education Association. An interview with Holly is here or go to Holly’s website.

J.E. JohnsonJ.E. Johnson (5)

J. E. Johnson has overseen over 100 productions in one of the nation's largest university scenic studios at The University of Texas at Austin where he has also been a faculty member in The Department of Theater and Dance. In 2013 he began to adapt an apprentice-based approach to teach elementary school students how to construct functioning clocks, automata, and other instruments at the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars summer camp. 

Jay AlbertJay Albert (6)

Jay Albert is a musician and educator. His professional vision is to share music and help people achieve more of a connection to it, whether helping students learn to play or “teaching” an audience by means of a performance. He founded his company Songdog Music to further that vision. Jay holds degrees in guitar, music theory and composition from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and Kent State University. He has taught at both of his alma maters and elsewhere, from PreK to graduate level, and has presented at and supervised arts education departments for several organizations. Contact Jay - See more at:

Jeff RedmanJeff Redman (7)

Jeff Redman is the secondary drama teacher at American International School Lusaka, Zambia. He founded the Ivey Award winning Workhouse Theatre Company in Minneapolis where he served as Artistic Director for six years and, more recently, was the middle school drama teacher at American International School Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jeff leads workshops for educators and was invited to present his workshop, Injecting Drama! at the NESA conference in Athens, Greece. He holds a B.S in Theater and M.A. in teaching.  Jeff is currently working on connecting ex-pat students to local African artists.

Joan WeberJoan Weber (5)

Joan Weber is the Director of the Education division for Creativity & Associates, a program provider in arts education and corporate consulting that uses the skills of theater to enhance creativity and critical thinking. She is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University’s Arts Integration Institute and in the undergraduate Towson Theatre Outreach Program. Prior to this, Joan was the first Executive Director of Arts Every Day, a member of the Ford Foundation’s Arts Education and School Reform Initiative. She was also Education Director of Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, where she developed her interest in arts integration. As a theater artist, she has appeared in many of Baltimore’s theaters over the past 15 years.  Contact Joan   - See more at:

Judith SachsJudith Sachs (7)

Judith Sachs spent her early adult years as an actor and dancer in New York; then switched directions to write about preventive healthcare and teach corporate executives how to pitch ideas with passion. After a hip replacement at 60, she decided she desperately needed to dance again and trained as a Dance for Parkinsons teacher with founding director David Leventhal. She has been part of this program in Philadelphia since it began and uses the class format in her own ANYONE CAN DANCE program, designed for older adults and those in wheelchairs and walkers. Judith is a member of the Lifetime Arts Teaching Artist Roster. Visit her site or contact Judith.

Kali FergusonKali Ferguson (1)

Kali Ferguson is a storyteller, teaching artist, cultural educator, and fledgling writer in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. However, she considers herself a child of the world. Her passion is to help every-day people appreciate their creative selves by engaging with stories, poetry, song, and dance. She began performing at four years old, and wrote her first poem around age ten. She is a dance and library lover who knows literacy and the arts are essential to a well-lived life. She started teaching at the age of sixteen, taught high school Spanish in her twenties, and has been a teaching artist with local and national organizations since 2004. Listen to her work at - See more at:

Kate PlowsKate Plows (6)

Kate Plows teaches ceramics and graphic design at the high school level in suburban Philadelphia.  During summers, she teaches ceramics at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Kate holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Drawing from St. Vincent College, and a Masters in Art Education from The University of the Arts.  She is interested in the intersection of craft and technology, and exploring social justice through projects linked to the arts curriculum.  Kate makes and occasionally exhibits functional pots.

Kim JordanKim Jordan (5)

Kim Jordan is an actress, director, theatre practitioner, social justice trainer, and performance poet based in Burlington, Vermont. She is the founder and program director of Theatre-in-Action, an applied theatre project for bullying prevention, conflict resolution, and social change in Vermont schools and communities. Kim directs the Outright Vermont queer youth theatre troupe, teaches theatre with and for incarcerated women, writes and directs school plays and theatre camps, and is an in-demand arts integration specialist with Vermont performing arts centers and school districts. You can learn more about Theatre-in-Action at

Laura ReederLaura Reeder (6)

Laura Reeder is a teaching artist who interrogates teaching, learning, and social justice in her multi-media practices. She trains next generation artist teachers in the Art Education program at Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) and works with young people and teachers in a range of programs. Laura is a veteran of arts and cultural curriculum, research, and advocacy work in many local-to-international communities. She keeps all of her passions alive by maintaining her teaching artistry in both, Syracuse, NY and Boston, MA. Website Email

Linda BruningLinda Bruning (9)

Linda Bruning is a theater, teaching artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also an actor, theater director and writes theater scripts for young audiences.  Her main passion is helping disadvantaged young people find their voice through theater, most recently, using technology and online learning methods in the process. Linda has an MS in Educational Leadership with a Technology emphasis, one in Curriculum and Instruction, an MEd with an emphasis in Arts in Education and a graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning . Visit her website and blog at: www. or The Heroes Project, Inc. at:

Malke RosenfeldMalke Rosenfeld (20)

Malke Rosenfeld is the editor and curator of ALT/space online and its associated print section in the Teaching Artist Journal. Her new book Meaning in the Making: Embodied Mathematics in the Classroom will be published by Heinemann in 2016. Find out more about Malke’s work as a teaching artist at

Mark DzulaMark Dzula (9)

Mark Dzula and Ardina Greco are teachers, artists, and scholars. They also are married to each other, which allows them to spend lots and lots of time together. Whether working for museums, universities, or schools, Mark and Ardina continually find ways to challenge and inspire each other in theory and in practice. Mark is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources at the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA. His doctorate is in Communications, Technology, and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research is focused on Aesthetics, Media, and Politics. Ardina is a doctoral candidate in the Art Education department at Teachers College. Her research focuses on the interactions of Artists, Curators, Educators, and Young Audiences in museum programs. Mark and Ardina co-direct a performance group called Jukebox Radio. 

Marquetta JohnsonMarquetta Johnson (3)

Marquetta Johnson is a Teaching Artist and quilter currently residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and professional development in the areas of Arts Integration, Arts Infusion and Inclusive Classrooms. One of the highlights of Marquetta’s career as a teaching artist has been her children’s workshops presented at the Smithsonian Institute’s Folk Art Festival. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections such as B.B King, Faith Ringgold, The University of Maryland, Turner Broadcasting, and The Coca Cola Company. Marquetta is also a published author having written the book Hand Dyed Quilts. Marquetta has affiliations with VSA International, The Names Project-The Aids Memorial Quilt Foundation, the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning, Museum of Design Atlanta and the High Museum of Art-Atlanta. For more information, please visit:

Meg MahoneyMeg Mahoney (8)

Meg Robson Mahoney worked as a dance specialist in the Seattle School District for 16 years, following stints as movement educator in private studios and schools, English teacher in Japan, and classroom teacher. Awarded a KCTS Golden Apple Award in 2006, she served as president of the Dance Educators Association of Washington and presented at NDEO and Dance & the Child International conferences. Degrees include a MIT from Seattle University and a Certificate of Movement Analysis from Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies NYC. While still actively teaching, her reflections lived at Now retired, she's enjoying travel and the chance to look around in general.

Meghan ZanskasMeghan Zanskas (2)

Meghan Zanskas teaches visual art in two Maryland elementary schools. In her teaching, Meghan encourages creative exploration and development of expressive voice through student-centered learning. She believes in the strong connection between a student’s growth in the arts and their overall well-being. Accordingly, her students learn to engage deeply with their artistic process, developing habits of mind that transfer to all areas of school and life. She holds a Master of Arts degree in art education from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Meghan and her students keep a blog at CCES Art Studio.

Michael SchwartzMichael Schwartz (8)

Michael B Schwartz earned a BFA in painting in 1988 from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University & an MFA from the University of Arizona in 1991. His practice includes public art, murals, paintings, drawings, writings and teaching arts. He serves as a cultural agent with the newly formed US Department of Arts Culture (USDAC) and his most recent public artworks can be seen in Menlo Park and the Woods Memorial Library in Tucson, Arizona. Current projects include violence prevention and youth development initiatives that integrate Arts, Social Service and Social Justice outcomes.

Nick JaffeNick Jaffe (2)

Nick Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer and teaching artist based in Chicago.  His TA work has centered on unconventional music pedagogy and student-run recording studios in schools.  As a guitarist Nick has performed with a wide variety of artists across many genres including Common, Dwele, and Estelle. Nick performs regularly with a number of different bands in Chicago.  His most recent solo album is a musical chronicle of the history of the Sputnik 1 satellite.  Prior to becoming a teaching artist Nick worked for 10 years as an aircraft mechanic.  As Editor of TAJ Nick hopes you will make the journal yours by reading it, responding to it, using it and writing for it. - See more at:

Paula Beardell KriegPaula Beardell Krieg (3)

Paula Beardell Krieg has been visiting schools in New York state for twenty-five years, making books of many shapes and sizes with students of many backgrounds and ages. Working with colorful materials she helps students embellish their work with pop-ups, paper pockets, geometric decorations, and to create structures which hide surprises and fold and expand in unexpected ways. Krieg graduated from The School of Visual Arts then went on to study bookmaking at The Center for Book Arts in NYC. She has worked in the binderies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New-York Historical Society. Her classroom bookmaking techniques have developed through her collaborations with teachers.

Richard JenkinsRichard Jenkins (7)

Richard Jenkins is a published cartoonist, illustrator, and writer currently living in Kansas. Since 1997, he has worked prolifically as a teaching artist, engaging students in story and image making though cartooning. Richard is also an arts & education consultant, training educators across the country in Arts Integration and in using Arts & UDL to engage learners of all abilities and styles. He is a Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. And, Richard is the co-author of “Comics in your Curriculum,” an arts integration manual for elementary educators. Currently, Richard is hard at work on two books. His latest graphic novel, a murder mystery entitled “Toil.” And a second as yet untitled teacher’s curriculum book, focused on engaging students with diverse learning needs. Blog: Website:

Roger WhitingRoger Whiting (3)

Since 2002 Roger Whiting has been organizing and carrying out large-scale community projects with an emphasis on serving low-income and underprivileged populations. He spends much of his time working with foster care programs, special education classes and bilingual immersion schools. Whiting has led professional development workshops with the Utah Art Education Association, Murray School District, Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.
Whiting has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. His art can be viewed at

Ryan ConarroRyan Conarro (5)

Ryan Conarro is a theatre maker and teaching artist. He’s an artistic collaborator with New York’s Ping Chong + Company as part of the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. Ryan’s also a company member with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre and a Resident Artist with New York-based international company Theater Mitu. He’s a founding member of Juneau, Alaska’s Generator Theater. As a teaching artist, Ryan has served since 2003 with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Department of Education, and the Kennedy Center Partners in Education programs, collaborating with teachers and students to support arts-based education practices. Learn more at
 Ryan's story Beluga Whale at Kitty Hawk can be found on the TAJ website at

Shaqe KalajShaqe Kalaj (7)

Shaqe Kalaj is project-based artist working in a variety of media with the end goal of conveying meaning and the idea of transformation.  Shaqe infuses her work as a TA with her work as a visual artist.  As a TA in the schools she is focused in on integration and engagement.  Many of her projects in the school have heightened learning in other content areas.  Her work outside of the school atmosphere is to engage the community in meaningful work that allows the individual at any age to experience their potential and to experience what it means to be a part of an authentic community.  Contact Shaqe Represented by Art and Ideas Gallery  Shaqe’s Website  - See more at:

Sophie JohnsonSophie Johnson (2)

Sophie Lucido Johnson is an educator, visual artist, and comedian living in New Orleans. She spent five years as a special education coordinator before beginning her work for KidSmart, where she is a teaching artist working to spearhead a fully-inclusive, arts-integrated social/ emotional curriculum for kids who have Emotional/ Behavioral Disturbances, or who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Depression.