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Sarah Morrison

Dance/Movement

Sarah Morrison began her professional career at the age of sixteen with Lee Harper & Dancers (Atlanta, GA). She relocated to Cleveland upon receiving the Creative Achievement Award for choreography to attend Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At CWRU, she earned her BA in Theater Arts and Psychology (minoring in Biology), as well as her MA in Psychology. While establishing her dance company, Morrison worked as a behavioral researcher in the Visual Perception lab at CWRU, where she co-authored several scientific papers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

An avid collaborator, Morrison has cultivated partnerships with some of the area’s most fascinating artists and organizations including NASA, BrainMaster, moCa, and Ingenuity Cleveland.…

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Vicki Murphy

Visual Arts, Mosaics

Vicki Murphy is a mosaic artist who works primarily in Ohio and New Orleans. She has trained extensively with master mosaic artist Laurel True of True Mosaics Studio for many years focusing on studio work and professional development in large scale public art. She worked with True on multiple projects in New Orleans including the Global Mosaic Project and Universal Garden’s Lotus Fantasy Bench, the Green Project, and the Edible Schoolyard murals. Vicki’s combined years as artist, educator and licensed social worker give her a unique perspective regarding the healing power of art and the beauty of creative expression.…

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Eric Paton

Wold Percussion

Eric Paton (MM) is a world percussionist fascinated by the intersection of movement and music. He accompanied Afro Caribbean dance classes for ten years, including technique and Dunham techniques classes with April Berry Burkey. He founded the Hiuchi Taiko Ethnic Percussion Ensemble featuring the music of Cuba, Haiti, Brazil and Japan, the KataBomba Drummers, co-directed Sambateria (a community samba percussion ensemble), and directs Yumbambé Salsa Jazz.

He specializes in percussion from the African Diaspora and Japan and is dedicated to providing interactive learning experiences for all learners and educators.

Paton has performed with national and international artists including Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente Jr., Sir Roland Hannah, Bobby Shew-Salsa Caliente, Earl Klugh, Milano La Scala (Italian National Opera), Eitetsu Hayashi, and Burnadette Peters.…

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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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In Harmony Therapeutic Services

Music & Music Therapy

In Harmony Therapeutic Services harnesses the power of music as a vehicle for children and adolescents to process information and emotions, express themselves, learn, create, and heal. As an organization, they believe in teaching through a therapeutic lens and use musical interventions and experiences linked to Ohio Content Standards to address academic and social-emotional goals. Their services are provided by highly qualified, board-certified music therapists, and their programs are developed so that children and adolescents are able to achieve individualized goals and live in harmony with themselves and the world around them.…

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Lara Troyer

Music, Opera

Described as singing with an engaging, robust tone (clevelandclassical.com), Ms. Troyer is a versatile soprano, at home on the opera stage as well as concert and recital stage. Last year she was the soprano soloist in the world premeire of The Emergent Universe by Sam Guarnaccia with the Cleveland Chamber Choir and she sang the role of The Foreign Woman in The Consul with Nightingale Opera Theatre. Recent engagements include the role of Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Nightingale Opera Theatre, Fanny in Rossini’s La Cambiale Matrimonio with the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the soprano solo in the Brahms Requiem with both the Summit Choral Society and the Kent State Chorus and Orchestra, and in Vivaldi’s Gloria with Akron Baroque and Singer’s Companye.…

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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.…