Teaching Artists

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. 

Cultural, Instrumental Music

Linda Lee and the Golden-Aires

Midland Midland

Linda Lee is the "House Entertainer" for the world-famous Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and is also their "good-will ambassador," promoting German hospitality wherever she goes. Linda Lee became affiliated with Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn fulltime in 1991. She is affectionately known as "Bavarian Inn's Linda Lee" where she entertains five days a week!

Instrumental Music

Linda Welch – Condition One Film: Extremes and the Human Spirit

Au Train Alger

What do Detroit and Antarctica have in common?

Linda Welch – Condition One Film: Extremes and the Human Spirit


Lindsay Robillard

Dearborn Wayne

The Arab American National Museum provides off-site cultural competency workshops and hands-on learning activities.

Cultural, History, Literary Arts, Theatre

Lois Keel

Clarkston All Michigan Counties

Storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel’s lively style enriches her large repertoire of international folklore, historical reenactment and Michigan tales in stories from around the world and back in time. Keel, who performs as Lois, matches programs to audiences’ age and interests. Her entertaining, educational programs are often participatory and may include music, sign language or puppets.

In her wide range of Michigan programs, Lois reenacts such historic figures as a woman who grew up on an Underground Railroad Station and aided Civil War home front efforts or another serving in World War I. She also conducts storytelling workshops for all levels.

Instrumental Music

Lori Fithian

Dexter Washtenaw

With her multi-cultural collection of drums and percussion, Lori Fithian offers a unique, high-energy, hands-on program. There is no audience at Drummunity performances, as the audience becomes the show! Dummunity programs take any group of strangers at festivals, libraries, schools, camps or faith communities and have them drumming, singing and dancing together in seconds, creating their own orchestra. Drummunity drum circles can promote stress release, personal growth and empowerment, cooperation, listening skills, team building, diversity awareness and more.

Cultural, Theatre

Magical Rain Theaterworks

Kalamazoo Kalamazoo

Magical Rain Theaterworks creates theatre experiences exploring story, myth, movement, wisdom of the heart and body, and the creativity of diverse peoples and cultures. Performances, workshops, and residencies for K-12, college, and adult audiences are available. Repertoire includes Palabras Luminosas (Latino luminous language, laughter, and lore), Mythic Blacklight Student Productions, Anima (team building workshops), Latinas in Myth and Legend, El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead Presentations), and more. Programs explore Latino culture and heritage, inspire creative minds, and foster emotional and social intelligence. Our goal: Collaborative, creative work, joy, mutual respect, and competence.

Magical Rain Theaterworks

Instrumental Music


Grand Rapids Kent

Award-winning virtuoso marimbist David Hall has a passion for the marimba, and he loves to share it. Hall brings twenty-five years of experience to his unique cultural program of music from around the world. Dressed in full costume, he performs musical selections from South America, Mexico, Africa, Japan, Germany and the USA on the Mexican Marimba, African Balafon and other vintage marimbas and xylophones. Appropriate for all ages, audiences interact throughout the program by singing, dancing, rhythmic clapping and more

Literary Arts, Visual Arts

Mark Crilley

Novi, Oakland

Author and illustrator who provides workshops for students.

Instrumental Music

Mark Lincoln Braun (Mr. B)

Ann Arbor Washtenaw

Mark Lincoln Braun is one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art: blues piano. A rare, living link to the music and storied traditions of the first generation of blues pianists, Mr. B is an electrifying performer and master storyteller. He performs worldwide as a soloist, in piano duet, with small groups and with full jazz orchestra. It has been said that not many pianists in this style play with more conviction. Mr. B knows the complete legacy of blues piano, and in addition to performing, he conducts workshops and residencies on blues piano styles, history and improvisation. Mr. B is also available with the Joybox Express. Founded by Mr. B, the Joybox Express is a unique fundraising platform that partners with charitable organizations that provide greater access to art and athletic programs for children.

Mark Lincoln Braun (Mr. B)

Visual Arts

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Saginaw Saginaw

Sculpture Museum staff can travel to schools or organizations and provide an educational experience about Marshall M. Fredericks, his sculptures, how he makes his sculptures and art activity. Also available are teleconferencing capabilities. Museum staff can provide an educational interactive experience by teleconference broadcast to your school or organization. Staff can do interactive PowerPoint programs with objects the class can see and touch about Marshall Fredericks, the metal casting process in art, his sculptures and art activity (wire sculpting, modeling compound, drawing, and soap carving)

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre

Mary Johnson Grant

Southfield Wayne, Oakland, Macomb

Mary J. Grant received a standing ovation when doing a story before a large audience at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan in 2007. Her second performance had a line outside before the storytelling started. Eight years of performing has been one of the most interesting and exciting part of her life. Participating in Storytelling Workshop in Flint Michigan at the Michigan Storytelling Festival and traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, Baltimore, Maryland and Chicago, Illinois for the National Black Storytelling Festivals gave her a raised level of understand what storytelling was all about. These Storytelling Festivals offered her a chance to observe experienced tellers, storytelling workshops and opportunities to develop the craft of storytelling.

Mary Grant is a retired educator, storyteller and children’s book author. Mary has published her stories, My Daddy Taught Me To Read and Floyd B’s Ponds In the fall of 2016 her latest book children’s book, Sunday’s Shadows, will be published. Her stories are largely inspired by her life experiences. She especially enjoys her living history reenactment of Sojourner Truth, which is a historical figure who lived in Battle Creek, Michigan.  She has been a workshop presenter for parents, teachers, children and varies professional workers.  While engaging her listeners by involving them in the story with songs, chants and participation activities they gain a valuable knowledge of the life of a true hero.

She has written an essay on “How and Why I Tell Stories” in the National Association of Black Storytellers Newsletter. On February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2015 she participated in a four part Professional Development Webinar on Storytelling in the Oral Tradition. In the fall of 2016 her latest book children’s book, Sunday’s Shadows, will be published.

Science, Visual Arts

Megan Heeres


Megan's current practice is rooted in paper-making where her passion for experimentation, fascination with entropy and chance, and her love of science all meet. She works with unwanted plant species and the trash found where these plants reside to create art objects, installations, collaborations, and experiential workshops. Megan's art and professional endeavors have connected into a cooperative way of working with community both inside and outside of the studio. These collaborations engage with place, people, art and plants. They have ranged from large scale green space projects (Lafayette Greens Urban Garden, Beacon Park) that involve a wide array of stakeholders, to more intimate connections through the Invasive Paper Project and site-specific artworks. She participates in projects locally and nationally, most recently at the Broad Art Lab at Michigan State University and the Herron School of Art at Indiana University. Megan has been an artist-in-residence at the Broad Art Lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Michele Schara Residency at the Brightmoor Makerspace in Detroit, the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the Santa Fe Art Institute and Women’s International Study Center in New Mexico.

Cultural, Instrumental Music

Merling Trio

Kalamazoo Kalamazoo

Dutch, Polish, and Japanese influences. Offers workshops.

Instrumental Music, Vocal Music

Metro Jazz Voices

Troy Oakland

Metro Jazz Voices delivers American Songbook classics and popular favorites in shimmering four-part harmony. With four vocalists, saxophone, flute, piano, bass and drums, the Detroit-based group creates musical fireworks that delight the eye and ear.

History, Theatre

Michael P. Deren

Ann Arbor Washtenaw

As The Past In Person, Michael Deren presents historical, musical, educational and participatory programs as one of seven characters from the 19th or 20th century. An accomplished musician, songwriter and storyteller, Deren includes the audience as full participants in every presentation. Audience members develop their own character and engage in singing, dancing and activities to portray the situation. Join Michael Deren for a journey into the past through the music, songs, and words of the people whose labor built America.

History, Science

Michael S. Nassaney

Kalamazoo Kalamazoo

Fort St. Joseph was a French mission, garrison and trading post established in 1691 along the banks of the St. Joseph River in Niles. The site eluded archaeologists until 1998 when it was discovered in a survey sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council. Since that time, Western Michigan University archaeologists have been investigating the site to uncover its secrets about the fur trade and interactions between the French and Native Americans. This program discusses the search for the long-lost French fort and what archaeologists are learning about daily life along the frontier of New France in the eighteenth century.

Michael S. Nassaney

Cultural, Science

Michigan Eats: Regional Culture Through Food

East Lansing Ingham

We are what we eat! For Michiganders this means pasties, muskrat dinners, coneys, fish fries and cherry pie. Twelve week program.

Michigan Eats: Regional Culture Through Food


Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Negaunee Marquette

All programs offered at the museum are also offered as outreach programs.

Vocal Music

Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus

Detroit Wayne

Michigan Opera Theatre can come to you!

Let the artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Company perform a one-act opera, musical revue, or concert for your school! Our programs are for all audiences and last 30 to 45 minutes.

Our performances qualify for grant assistance from the Michigan Humanities Council.


Michigan Science Center

Detroit Wayne

Traveling Science Program.