TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER


Teaching Artists listed on the roster have completed a six-month training in preparation for working in a residency program to support educators by making connections between their art form and the Minnesota State Academic standards in the arts, integrating the arts with concepts in other subject areas, professional development for educators, and working with specific student populations.

Once you have selected an artist, contact them to discuss options for your residency. Based on your discussion, the artist will submit a proposal to the CMAB to receive up to $1800 in funding for a residency.

*CMAB does not conduct background checks for the Teaching Artist Program. Schools and institutions should use their normal screening process. Artists operate as independent contractors.

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Multi Media Sculpture

I bring excitement and connection with academic concepts and/ or help capture the imagination by exploring new and exciting technologies that are interactive and STEAM (science technology engineering art and math) focused projects.

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Writing, Photography, Journaling and Sketchbooking

Storytelling helps us make sense of the world and who we are. I bring three decades as an award-winning journalist and photographer to classrooms and workshops to help other people colorfully tell their stories. I also teach them how to slow down and pay attention to details and observations and to use written and visual journaling to spark creativity and chronicle joy in their lives.

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Painting, Bookmaking

I teach the use of collage, painting from still life, from imagination and art history. I specialize in using recycled materials and finding creative uses for everyday objects.

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Paper Collage, Mixed Media

I have worked with children, youth, adults and seniors of various abilities, nationalities and languages. By providing safe exploration in mixed media with other subjects, students develop comfort with art instead of being scared of it. This expands their understanding thus leading to expression via creating.

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Multidisciplinary Visual Art

I am an experienced teaching artist and community-based art practitioner, having worked with all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Teaching painting, drawing, collage, and design thinking, I approach the learning experience with an open heart and creative toolbox.

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Visual Creativity, Painting, Drawing, Mixed-media

I provide creative outlets for our area’s senior population with a fun, yet calming, encouraging energy.

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Watercolor

I bring an enthusiasm for painting and eagerness to share this experience in a fun and rewarding way. I create safe experiences where people can explore watercolor and feel successful. I have a background working with a variety of ages including people with cognitive and physical handicaps, and my skills to adapt painting techniques enable successful participation.

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Fiber Artist

Weaving is my passion and I love sharing it. There is great satisfaction in watching the enthusiasm of each student as their piece evolves. I have worked with people of different ages, ethnicity and abilities.

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Visual and Literary

I hope to encourage children and adults to more freely explore art. You may not be an artist, but you have something to express to the world…

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Painting, Watercolor & Acrylics

I specialize in painting in watercolor and acrylic. I teach art foundations, painting and drawing techniques, and welcome integration of the host teacher’s curriculum that can include science, social studies, or math.
Painting provides the opportunity to articulate ideas and express emotions. My goal is to inspire the imagination and enhance student learning with an unforgettable arts experience.

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Music, Performing Arts & Creative Writing

I find joy in creating a safe, stimulating environment where students can develop their writing and performing skills as each discovers their own unique and potent voice. Fortifying creative abilities brings students a sense of adventure and achievement, and helps them to experience each other at a deeper level. It builds community.

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Music, piano, violin, viola, mandolin, vocal

The rhythm of music is the rhythm of life! Make music, create, and spontaneously improvise, using string instruments, Orff instruments, barn dance, and song. Since 2001, I have taught K-12 in the public schools, including orchestra, band, choir and general music. My favorite projects have been the Composers Club, barn dances, and a bilingual finger puppet musical (Chinese/English).

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Visual Art - Painting and Drawing

I believe in the emotional healing & constructive side of art and what can come from conversations. I enjoy teaching the process of seeing and learning what art can do but also how to view art differently. Teaching principles of art are important yet the pieces of emotion and critical thinking skills when applied to art can be more effective.

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Drawing with graphite

I have provided Art Residencies to elementary students Preschool - Grade 7 in the Buffalo School District, surrounding districts and outstate Minnesota for the last 20 years. I have also taught adults through Community Education classes, as well as private lessons. It is ever renewing and enriching to see the amazing relationship between art and students of all ages, abilities and levels of interest.

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Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Life-Writing

As a writer and writing teacher for the last twenty years, I've helped students across the United States cultivate a deeper understanding of their lives through storytelling.

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Literary Arts and music

As a published author of more than 30 books for children and adults, I have the experience of having presented to literally thousands of schools across the country. Over the years my goal has remained the same – to bring to every school the best author/artist experience they have ever received.

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Clay, Sculpture, Painting, drawing, bookmaking

I never cease to challenge myself with trying to learn different mediums in art. The more I teach and learn from students, the better I understand how the medium works. My goal as a teaching artist is to confront students with certain artistic challenges and have them be able to creatively solve through the process of art making.

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Printmaking, Batik, Collage/Assemblage

I blend a variety of mediums, incorporating cultural influences with creativity. I enjoy interdisciplinary approaches. Art can stand alone, or focus benchmarks. I respect students. I’m flexible, adaptable, and accountable.

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Public Art and Placemaking

As an experienced community development professional and emerging creative (placemaker and public artist), I seek to curate people inspired spaces. My work results in collaborative and customized concepts (temporary or fixed) for a public space(s).

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Mural, illustration & book making

I am a living sponge for color and creativity. My job as a teaching artist is to spread the love of hands-on discovery through my own art and passion for books, learning and the next generation.

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Acrylic Inks

I use the creation of painted human figures with imagined biologies to provide insights into others' physical worlds and teach compassion. Participants learn skills with acrylic inks to explore what it might feel like to have a chronic disease, have differing abilities, or be a different size or gender.

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Creative Dramatics, Performing Arts, Music, and Mixed Media

For over 20 years I have been combining early childhood teaching, music, and creative dramatics into everyday life. I help students tap into their creative thinking skills and give opportunities to highlight their own voice, thoughts, and emotions by using storytelling, music, improvisation, instruments, and props.

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Letterpress Printer, Design, Typography, Linoleum Blocks

I enjoy teaching kids and I am good at getting them excited about what I do. It is a very hands on and dirty process that invites kids to let go a little bit. Kids are challenged to do something they probably have no experience with and therefore gets them out of their comfort level.

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Dance

Exploring movement and emotion in conjunction with music to guide the attitude of dance. Conveying movement as an extension of the music allows the audience to physically see the music interpreted.

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Visual & Fiber Arts, paper & mixed media, repurposed materials

“Can you use this?” Is music to my ears. I think the curiosity that spawns from the process of artful re-purposing is a spontaneous gift. Look what I made, from that - while my brain was at play.