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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.
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.
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.
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.
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture MuseumSaginaw 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)
History, Science, Visual Arts
Midland Center for the ArtsMidland Midland
The Midland Center for the Arts has a variety of outreach programs in the areas of science, art and history. Programs include the human body, the light spectrum, magic of electricity, and Clay all the Way among others.
Pewabic PotteryDetroit Wayne
Pewabic Pottery provides an in school and after school programming on a flexible schedule that will work with what is needed by the host school. Typically a class would be 1-2 days a week and run between 6 and 12 weeks. Also available are one day workshops offsite where students can make a 4x4 tile, or a different project as discussed with the coordinator and the teacher beforehand.
Theatre, Visual Arts
Puppet ArtDetroit Wayne
Puppet Art offers two outreach programs. The first is Journey with Puppets touring productions at workshops that come to schools. Offered by Puppet ART to schools with mobile versions of some of their most accessible productions as well as puppet making workshops, and puppet presentations.
Also available is Puppet Art Residencies. This is the most in-depth puppetry-in-education program. These take place at Puppet ART and at the schools involved in the residencies. Residencies are designed to assist students and teachers in their own puppet production projects. The residency teaches children about puppetry while focusing on language arts and literacy skills. The activity of creating a puppet production incorporates many literacy related tasks--selecting a story, rewriting it and developing a script, making the puppets and the props, creating characters’ roles, rehearsing and finally presenting the show to a variety of audiences.
Science, Visual Arts
Raven Hill Discovery Center Classroom AssemblyEast Jordan Charlevoix
Raven Hill Discovery Center offers a wide variety of Classroom Assemblies designed for any age of student from Preschool through High School with subject matter & presentations geared to the specific group. Schools can schedule programs to work on topics of their choice, including but not limited to science, history, art & more to fit needs. Activities can be designed to introduce, reinforce or review topics including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) & grade level objectives.
Raven Hill staff travels from classroom to classroom with hands-on presentations.
Suzan HarbinDetroit Wayne
Hands-on Learning: 45 minute sessions taught in classrooms with students at their desks; 8 curriculum areas from which to choose; students learn about a topic, then are given a challenge to think and create in response, working with their personal packet of recycled items. Teachers can follow through with other activities; handout provided.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
The Cook Arts CenterGrand Rapids Kent
The Cook Arts Center send artists, dancers, actors and musicians into schools toteach their specific area of expertise to students in order to supplement the currentcurriculum for teachers and/or to do something fun for events/parties/special activities.
West Michigan Glass SocietyKalamazoo Kalamazoo
The West Michigan Glass Society offers a number of outreach programs. The first is "Science of Art" Flame Working Demonstrations. Through the use of a torch the demonstrations are geared to each grade level and include states of matter, gravity, surface tension, elements of the earth and more.
The next program is Kiln Glass Sculpture. Each student will create a 3-D glass sculpture; created with clay and then pouring a plaster silica mold of their piece. They would then dig out the clay and compute the amount of glass necessary by volume for the kiln casting. Molds would be fired and cast by WMGAC staff. This program is broken up into two, 1.5 hour sessions with a half hour follow up session. The final program is Fused Glass Sun Catcher. In this, each student will create a tile of their own design by cutting and layering colored glass, frit and glass confetti.