Spoon JacksonSpoon Jackson (5)

Spoon Jackson has been in the art world and in prison for over twenty years.  He is an internationally known poet, writer, actor and native flute player.  His poems are collected in Longer Ago and have been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites.  He has won four PEN awards.  He is featured in two films by Michael Wenzer, At Night I Fly and Three Poems by Spoon Jackson, which won awards in five countries.  Spoon does not have any fancy degrees, and mentors youth and young at heart from life experiences and realness.  His newest book By Heart, was co-authored with Judith Tannenbaum and published in 2010.  He knows that inspiration is organic.  Contact Spoon at or - See more at:

Steve WillisSteve Willis (1)

Steve Willis is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Missouri State University in Springfield. He taught art in public schools for 23 years prior to coming to Missouri State. Steve’s interests included issues of equity, Native American practices, arts assessment, service learning and community engagement, and spirituality in art. As a contemporary artist, he creates images concerning spirituality. Steve is an enrolled member of the Western Cherokee Nation. Contact Steve - See more at:

Suzanne MakolSuzanne Makol (7)

Suzanne Makol is a Chicago-based artist, photographer, and educator. She has a BFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Art Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Suzanne is a founding editor of Composite Arts Magazine ( She has taught darkroom and digital photography at Marwen in Chicago, and aims to foster student play in her classrooms. Suzanne enjoys photographing small treasures that may go unnoticed. You may view her work at

Victoria Row-TrasterVictoria Row-Traster (4)

Victoria Row-Traster, Teaching Artist, Royal National Theatre, London, is part of the Primary and Early Years Program developing and delivering arts curriculum that aims to introduce students to theatre through top-quality productions. Prior to this, Victoria worked for five seasons at The New Victory Theater, New York, as Curriculum and Publications Manager, leading the development and creation of the New Vic School Tool™ resource guides. Her teaching experience ranges from early years through to university level, and her focus as a teaching artist is mainly on assisting schools and teachers to bridge the gap between the academic aspects of a piece of theatre and art form it is exploring. Victoria received a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and a Post Graduate Certification in Education, Drama and English from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.   - See more at: