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Holly Pratt

Music, Harp & Multidisciplinary

Holly is the founder of Holly’s Harps, an award-winning program based in music, with optional extensive curriculum in STEM, history, and language arts. Holly’s Harps offers both assemblies and hands-on workshops (with 30 harps for students to play). Holly of Holly’s Harps is a real person! Winner of the Continuing Creativity Award for her teaching, Holly believes there is no “one size fits all” in learning. She creates activities to meet state standards for each grade, yet her programs are unique in the country. Holly serves over 21,000 students per year with musical experiences that deepen children’s understanding.…

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Michelle Quimby

Music, Guitar, Piano, & Music Theory

Michelle is a guitar, piano, theory, and ensemble instructor with 16 years of teaching experience. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in music performance studying classical guitar under Richard Schilling as well as jazz piano performance. Michelle has been a music educator since 2004 starting her career at the Music Academy of Chelmsford. It was here where she developed a proprietary program focusing on a musical foundation and experience for young children. At this time, Michelle also gained experience in the music industry working for Rounder Records.…

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Klaire Smith

Visual Arts, Printmaking

Klaire Smith was born in the hills of Southern Ohio and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio; the region has always been a point of inspiration for her. Receiving an art scholarship to attend the University of Rio Grande, Klaire graduated with honors in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in college she took a special interest in supplemental education methods and collaboration. Klaire was certified as a Professional Printer at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied lithography and was trained professionally as a collaborator. Personally Klaire’s work touches on regionalism, Appalachia, and the drug epidemic that so many of us are experiencing within our communities.…

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Matt and Nicolette Swift

Film/Video/Media

Nicolette Swift is the founder and owner of Nicolettecinemagraphics. Her roles include general business operations, production management, cinematography, color grading, editing, and much more. Her background includes a Bachelor of Arts in both Film Studies and Art History from the Ohio State University and a masters of library and information science from Kent State University, with a focus in digital collections preservation and access.

Since 2003, Nicolette has been providing an array of media production services to businesses, non-profits, and residents of the Central Ohio area. Nicolette is a well-round digital and analog media specialist handling film photography, digital photography, videography, web, and media installation and consultation, as well as producing her own projects which have shown at festivals and competitions across the U.S.…

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Fariha Tayyab

Creative Writing & Documentary Photography

Fariha Tayyab is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Houston. As a writer and photographer, she often identifies as a storyteller who uses her creative writing and documentary photography to create and share narratives with others.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, Fariha pursued a teaching license and has been practicing both her art and teaching for more than a decade. She has worked with elementary and high school students of all backgrounds in three states and three countries. In her early teaching years, she set up an E.S.L.…

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Carol Tyler

Visual Arts, Comics & Graphic Novels

Carol Tyler is an influential pioneer of American Comics, known for her beautifully written and drawn by hand autobiographical stories.

Carol was born and raised in Chicago, received her Masters from Syracuse in 1983. After some years in NYC, she moved to San Francisco and began getting her comics published in R. Crumb’s Weirdo. In 1988, Tyler received the Dori Seda Memorial Award for Best New Female Cartoonist.

Tyler has many books.There’s the graphic masterpiece “Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand my WWII Veteran Father, A Daughter’s Memoir” (2015) which began as the “You’ll Never Know” trilogy.…

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Hans Utter

Music

Hans Utter is multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and dedicated educator. Since 1993, he has studied sitar and tabla with India’s top musicians, including Ustad Shujaat Khan. He holds a diploma in sitar from the Benares Hindu University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from The Ohio State University. In his music, he aims to communicate the depth and beauty of North Indian music through the sitar and to illuminate the varied world of Indian art, culture, and history.

In addition to the sitar, his research as an ethnomusicologist has led him into music of the Middle East and Central Asia.…

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Hal Walker

Singing, Songwriting, & Multi-Instrumentalist

A singer, a songwriter and a “musical explorer,” Hal Walker has been actively working as a teaching artist in Ohio since 1996. Voted Cleveland’s “Best Musician” by readers of the Scene Magazine for two years in a row, Hal is one of Ohio’s musical treasures. He has the unique ability to engage, fascinate, and connect with audiences of all ages. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity, and the creative process. He composes and improvises on the piano, guitar, voice, harmonica, jaw harp, and a few instruments that you’ve probably never seen before.…

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Errin Weaver

African, African Contemporary & Black Spiritual Dance

Errin Weaver is a choreographer, instructor, and the executive artistic director of Errin Ministries based in Cleveland, OH. Errin Ministres (EM) is a community-centered dance intervention that uses cultural and sacred dance forms to help reduce suffering by using dance as an agent to help solve, educate, and heal. EM houses two companies: Mojuba! Dance Collective, which seeks to celebrate the cultural and spiritual dance traditions of people of the African Diaspora, and How Excellent! Dance Ministry, which offers praise dance presentations and workshops to inspire the highest level of excellence in praise and worship.…

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Kerri Wilde

Dance/Movement

Kerri Wilde firmly believes that dance builds community and that each dancer brings energy and creativity to each class, allowing them to collaborate to create a dance that is uniquely theirs. Kerri views her role in the dance process as to encourage the development of ideas, to encourage dancers to tell their stories through movement, and to provide a safe environment where all ideas are welcomed and encouraged. She believes dance can help students express their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

In an education environment, Kerri’s goal is to collaborate with teachers and show them how concepts from history, language arts, science, math and other art forms can be expressed through dance.…

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Countess V. Winfrey

Dance/Movement

Nashville native, Countess V. Winfrey, began her dance training at the age of 11 at Wharton Arts Magnet Middle school and continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts, before pursuing dance as a minor at the University of Memphis. After deciding to continue her dance training post graduation, Countess joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDD) pre-professional ensemble in 2012, which then led into a professional dance career with DCDC. Countess has danced professionally with DCDC and with ClancyWorks Dance Company based in Washington, D.C. She has had the opportunity to perform internationally in Kazakhstan, China, and Russia (including having performed in two sold out performances at the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia).…

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George Woideck

Visual Arts, Ceramic Tile & Glass Tile Mosaics

George Woideck trained as a painter and took time off to tour and record as a rock musician before launching a career as a ceramic artist, learning from national master ceramic artists. Since then he has been an artist-in-residence in schools throughout Ohio and Michigan.

George has been named a National Young Audiences Artist of the Year and his work as a teaching artist has been recognized by the Ohio Art Education Association. He participates in long term residencies for the TeachArtsOhio program of the Ohio Arts Council and is a roster artist for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.…