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Below is a list of teaching artists in the state of Michigan. This list is to be used as a reference. Please contact Teaching Artists individually for professional references. If you are a teaching artist interested in being included in the database, CLICK HERE for the application.
Jewish Ensemble TheatreWest Blomfield Oakland
JET currently has three shows which tour to schools in Genesee, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.These three plays deal with bullying awareness and prevention at age appropriate levels.Each play is ½ hour long and easily sets up in a gym or multi purpose room if an auditorium with a stage is not available.The plays are followed by a brief talk back with the actors and students which is designed to get students to begin thinking and talking about what they have just seen.
Instrumental Music, Science, Vocal Music
Joe ReillyAnn Arbor Washtenaw
Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter and environmental educator from Ann Arbor. Reilly writes songs from his heart that are playful, clever, engaging, joyful and always have something meaningful to say. He offers an educational and interactive musical program that teaches ecology and environmental science to grades K-6, making learning fun for all ages.
John Ball Zoo SocietyGrand Rapids Kent
Have an up-close encounter with live zoo animals in the comfort of your own classroom or facility. Zoo Instructors and/or trained Docents visit classrooms, scout meetings, retirement communities, civic events, and more! Topics vary depending on age of audience (ranges from preschool to adult).
Cultural, Instrumental Music
John ChurchvilleAnn Arbor
John Churchville is a two time Grammy Nominated Music Educator, Music Education Consultant, and national presenter for the Bureau of Education Research (BER). He holds a BFA in World Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts, and a Masters in Music Education from The University of Michigan. John is also an award winning musician, producer, engineer and founder of the Indian music fusion group Sumkali, who released their 4th album in 2018 and continue to perform and tour throughout the US.
John specializes in Indian tabla drumming. His experience in the music industry has been incredibly diverse. In addition to hosting over 130 monthly Indian Music Nights at the Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, John has also been a featured performer for the Michigan Pops Orchestra, performed at a wide array of venues including festival stages, churches, temples, schools, boats, floats and more. He has played in steel drum groups, Bollywood groups, rock bands, funk bands, bar mitzvahs, weddings, corporate events, private parties, live radio, and much more.
As an educator, John started and directed for 11 years an award winning music program for Infant-8th grade music students at Go Like The Wind School in Ann Arbor, MI. His work at that school has been nationally recognized and has compelled John to present his work at the Association for Popular Music Educators National Conference, the NYU IMPACT conference, the Michigan Music Education Conference, and as a provider of professional development seminars for Elementary music teachers nationwide.
Kalamazoo Book ArtsKalamazoo Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Book Arts offers two outreach programs. One is a presentation and demonstration of papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, with talk about history of books. The other is a hands on experience of papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding.
Kalamazoo Symphony OrchestraKalamazoo Kalamazoo
The KSOhave numerous opportunities for musicians or ensembles to visit schools. Some programs are open enrollment, and others serve specific schools. Please contact KSO for program offerings.
Karen CzarnikWalled Lake Oakland
Karen Czarnik is a storyteller, singer, songwriter and musician. She combines stories and music to teach, engage, encourage and tickle the funny bone. Linking her musical and theatrical work with the tradition of storytelling, her performances inspire audiences of all ages. Czarnik incorporates physical animation and whimsical characters into her stories and songs to create an enlivening experience. Accompanying herself on the autoharp, she offers an interactive experience for audiences with her unique collection of traditional and original works.
Karen Dunnam - Traditional Country DancingGrand Rapids Kent
Would you care to dance? Let’s have a hoe-down! Old-time traditional dancing provides simple, active fun for everyone, from a barn dance to a Victorian dress ball. Ideal for school events, western hoedowns, community festivals, historic re-enactments.
The figures are similar to square dancing. There’s a walk-through prior to each dance, and prompting to the music. You’ll dance with everyone in your set. And when the music stops, thank that partner and find a new one—you’ll get to dance with everyone else in the hall! No partner or previous experience needed; soft-soled shoes and comfortable attire recommended.
Kazimierz BrzozowskiFarmington Hills Oakland
Kazimierz Brzozowski is a classical pianist performing around the United States, Poland, Japan, and other countries. He performs as an orchestral soloist, in chamber ensembles, and on his own. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles from Baroque to Classical, Romantic to 20th century. He has garnered international acclaim in particular for his captivating performances of the music of Chopin.
Keir JacksonDetroit Wayne
Keir is a spoken word poet who performs his encouraging, positive and inspirational works with music. He is also a spoken word poetry workshop facilitator. In his sessions, Keir covers a variety of poetry genres and provides instruction on how to perform them.
Cultural, Visual Arts
Kelly ChurchHopkins Hopkinds Township
Kelly Church weaves the Native American traditions of Michigan Anishnabe into her engaging and informative presentations, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Her talents and training were passed down through her unbroken family line of black-ash basket makers. Church also works with cattails, basswood, cedar, birch bark and sweetgrass to make both modern and traditional woven works. Programs are designed for all ages and may be tailored to specific age groups.
Dancing Between the LinesSouthfield Oakland
I am highly experienced at working with students and educators. My expertise is in integrating Movement and Creative Dance across the curriculum, preK - grade 8 (math, science, english lanuage arts, more) to enhanse student learning, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, equity and social emotional well-being. I call my arts integration approach "Reaching the Kinesthetic Learner through Movement & Creative Dance". I share this methodology nationally (Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Curriculum in Motion; John F Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts, Living Arts Detroit), and internationally as a Fulbright Specialist. I offer both online and in-person workshop experiences for students and educational staff. All sessions are interactive, participatory, and inclusive. No previous movement experience necessary.
Cultural, Visual Arts
Krasl Art CenterSt. Joseph Berrien
Krasl Art Center’s ArtTouch program brings hands-on multi-cultural kits full of art and artifacts to schools for engaging cultural presentations.Led by one of the teaching faculty, school and community groups are engaged in a 45-60 minute presentation from: Ancient Greece, Hola Mexico, Potawatomi: Keepers of the Fire, Discovering Islam, African Odyssey, Sculpture Alive, or Far East Fantasies. Customized 45-60 minute art projects are available for an additional fee.
Laura DunbarAnn Arbor, MI 48104 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor Symphony has multiple outreach programs such as Instrument Petting Zoo (Young children are taught basics of string instruments), Meet Your Conductor (The Ann Arbor Symphony Conductorcomes to schools to discuss music and the life of a musician), and Ensemble in Your Classroom (Ann Arbor Symphony's small ensembles play for schools).
Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
Leonardo GianolaRoyal Oak Wayne
Leonardo knows why so many people enjoy songs written during the 1920's and 1930's - the Golden Age of American songwriting. Specializing in solo, acoustic country and delta blues, Leonardo slaps a fresh coat of paint on these rarely heard classics using open tunings on National Reso-Phonic guitars. Leonardo has toured with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, is a Detroit Blues Society artist, and is endorsed by the National Reso-Phonic Guitar Company. Over the last 15 years, Leonardo has performed his "Country Blues Narrative with Songs" at local public libraries, historical societies, and for private groups. It is from 90 minutes to 2 hours in length. It is performed sitting in a chair on a 3" stage using two National Reso-Phonic guitars. He tells the story of the blues by starting with transforming prison work songs into blues songs. From there, he continues chronologically using songs to illustrate how the blues developed. This is done totally acoustic, i.e. using no microphones or sound reinforcement; just like the songs were originally performed. The audience is encouraged to ask questions which helps steer the narrative. He has from 3 to 4 hours of material to select from, so no two performances are the same.
Linda Boston – MAAT ProductionsOak Park Oakland
Linda Boston knows that when she sings from the soul, a story is told. She can interactively wind the tale of the Underground Railroad around school age children and have adults reflecting on their deepest thoughts while singing them to their knees the next.