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Rikki Santer

Creative Writing, Poetry, & Film Studies

Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland, poet-in-the schools, high school teacher of English and film studies, and director of a student writing center. Currently she is serving as a vice-president of the Ohio Poetry Association, education consultant for Film Columbus, member of the performing poetry troupe, Concrete Wink, and she holds an Ohio Department of Education Lead Professional Educator teaching license as well as National Board teacher certification.

She earned a MA degree in journalism from Kent State University and a MFA degree in creative writing from The Ohio State University.…

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Mansee Singhi

Indian Dance/Movement

“To dance is to express!” is the mantra of Mansee’s life.

Mansee Singhi is a Columbus, Ohio-based Indian classical dance performer, choreographer, and teacher. Her artistry has been shaped profoundly by renowned Gurus from India since the age of seven, performing experiences in various countries such as Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and various places in the U.S. and collaborations with a multitude of artists in the field of dance and music.

Mansee has been a member of the United Nations Dance Council since 2012 and more recently joined the Board of OhioDance.…

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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.…