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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.
Lori FithianDexter 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.
Magical Rain TheaterworksKalamazoo 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.
Marimbamania!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
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.
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)
Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre
Mary Johnson GrantSouthfield 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.
Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
Metro Jazz VoicesTroy 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.
Michael P. DerenAnn 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.
Michael S. NassaneyKalamazoo 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.
Michigan Iron Industry MuseumNegaunee Marquette
All programs offered at the museum are also offered as outreach programs.
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s ChorusDetroit 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 Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus
Michigan Youth TheatreHolly Oakland
This lively troupe dispels the myth of the Boring Bard with wit and skill as they fool the "world's greatest Shakespeare scholar" into fooling around with some of Shakespeare's greatest characters. A narrator and ensemble cast educate about the bard and perform excerpts of: Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew.
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.
MiJung C. TrepanierMidland Midland
A resident of Midland, Dr. MiJung Choe Trepanier is an active performer in piano locally, nationally, and internationally, with solo and chamber recitals in Latin America, Asia, and throughout the United States. In Michigan, she was invited as a guest artist to perform with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the late Maestro Patrick Flynn in 2008.
MikeRiley St Clair
Animal Encounters Inc. was created by certified teachers in 1989. Formerly known as Science Discovery Shows, Animal Encounters has entertained and educated more than 2 million people with their animal shows throughout the country, including presentations at schools, bookstores, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, fairs and festivals.