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Ginny Baughman

Visual Arts, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Chalk, & Fiber

Ginny Baughman was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In 1981 she received a BFA from the University of Dayton and in 2004 received an MA in art education from the Ohio State University, where her master’s thesis topic was on drawing. She has also attended a variety of professional workshops, seminars, and conferences including the Kennedy Center’s National Seminar for Teaching Artists in Washington, D.C.

Ginny has been a teaching artist for more than 20 years. She has taught art in a variety of different venues in Central Ohio and now in her current hometown near Dayton.…

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Qarrianne Blayr

Dance/Movement

Qarrianne Blayr is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned her BFA at Howard University, studying under Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Pat Thomas, Sandra Fortune-Green, Katherine Smith, Akua Kouyate, and Assane Konte. She also studied social Jamaican dance at the University of West Indies at Mona. Qarrianne joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) professional group in 2012 after having performed for two seasons in DCDC2, the company’s pre-professional ensemble. She remains one of the company’s community outreach and education ambassadors, with maintaining her space as an independent teaching artist/choreographer focused on enhancing the physical and metaphysical experience of each student/ participant.…

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Alan Bomar Jones

Drama/Theatre, Film/Video/Media

Alan Bomar Jones is a professional international actor, teacher, director, and artist-in-residence for Ohio Arts Council-supported programs. He has 30 years combined teaching experience at Dayton Public Schools, Greene County School District, Sinclair Community College, and Wright State University. Alan is also a resident artist with the Human Race Theatre Company. He is currently the producing artistic director for Town Hall Theatre in Centerville, Ohio.

As an actor, Alan has appeared in more than 80 professional theatrical productions that have allowed him to work in several cities in the United States and Canada.…

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Karol Brown

Drama/Theatre, Spoken Word, & Storytelling

Karol Brown was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She lived in the Seattle area for over 28 years before returning to Dayton in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the University of Dayton and a masters in public health education from Loma Linda University. Karol retired after 30 years with the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center as a dietitian and health education program manager.

Karol earned a teaching artist certificate from the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. For over 20 years, Karol has shared her passion for Harriet Tubman by portraying her as a wise, cheerful, 92-year-old woman.…

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Omopé Carter-Daboiku

Wordsmith & Storyteller

An Appalachian of mixed ancestry, Omope Carter Daboiku hails from the Ohio River town of Ironton. She migrated to Cincinnati in 1972 and to Dayton in 2012. A cultural geographer and award-winning teller of tales, Omope became affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council in 1990 and the Cincinnati Arts Association at its inception in 1997 and has performed and led story circles across the U.S. and abroad. In 1993, she spoke at the Art of Survival (Nuremberg, Germany), addressing quilting as a cottage industry used by African American women to support families.…

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Sierra Leone

Entrepreneur, Poet, Wholistic Urban Creative Arts & Theatre

Poet, producer, activist, educator, and entrepreneur Sierra Leone captivates audiences with her unassuming ingenuity, profound insight, and comedic sense of “knowing.”

A Governor’s Award winner and writer, Sierra is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre and Production Company. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefited from Sierra’s vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides. Her project “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” presents a hybrid of urban poetry, music, dance, and visual arts from local, regional, and international talent.…

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Jim McCutcheon

Music, Guitar

Jim McCutcheon, “The Guitar Man,” earned the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Education (2017) as well as two awards from the Parents Choice Foundation for his recordings for children. With teaching experience ranging from Montessori (24 years) through colleges (he teaches at the University of Dayton, Wright State, and Miami University), Jim has engaged enthusiastic audiences of all ages for decades. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in physics as well as an Master of Music in music education, Jim brings these diverse skill sets to all ages in stimulating, participatory presentations for small or large groups.…

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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).…