Category Archives: Teaching Artist Roster

Gregory Acker

Louisville, KY

Music World Music, Adaptive Instruments

Phone: 502-585-5134 www.the-improvisor.com

I provide community-building world music workshops and related arts activities (drama, shadow-puppetry, visual arts, movement) for groups of all ages and abilities. I design and build sets of musical instruments for use by groups (including specific designs for people with disabilities), utilizing inexpensive, locally available materials. Background: Peace Corps Africa , MA Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University , CT ), KAC & VSA artist, APPEX (Asian Pacific Performance Exchange) 2006 fellow. Specialties: Indonesian, West African, and South Indian music....

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Richard “Dick” Albin

Rabbit Hash, KY

Music

Traditional, Folk (banjo, guitar, dulcimer) and Storytelling

Phone: 859-462-4845 www.dramuse.com

I do three different workshops: Creative Storytelling guides students through the process of developing characters, creating a plot, writing and performing the story; Music as Social Studies uses folk music to take a look (and listen) at how music came to Kentucky and how it has changed. Since the dulcimer is Kentucky’s official stringed musical instrument, it figures prominently in this workshop. Playing with History is a workshop that uses playwriting and performance...

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Michelle Amos

Louisville, KY

Visual Arts Fiber Art, Basketry, Weaving

Phone: 502-299-0794 michelleamosart.blogspot.com

I provide visual art workshops for people of all ages and ability levels. My work primarily focuses on fiber art: basketry, weaving, doll-making, fabric surface design, creative journals, costuming, etc. I provide experiences in individual, collaborative, small-scale, and large-scale work. I enjoy working with teachers and organizations to support learning in other areas. I am willing to travel outside the Louisville area....

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Karen Balzer

Murray, KY

Dance Dance, Creative Movement, Choreography

Phone: 270-753-0396

As a dance specialist, I have designed workshop activities that encompass Arts and Humanities Core Content for all students, including those with disabilities. I work closely with teachers and administrators to meet both artistic and academic needs for their students through carefully designed dance and creative movement projects. I have an MFA in Dance from Texas Christian University and was a former Dance Trainer for the Kentucky Collaborative for Teaching and Learning....

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Mitch Barrett

Berea, KY

Music / Storytelling Appalachian Music and Stories

Phone: 859-986-2632 www.MitchBarrettMusic.com

During a workshop we discuss the elements of drama in storytelling, such as character, structure, projection, expression, and dialect. Students create a simple collaborative work through which they expand their skills in improvisation, pantomime and role playing. We discuss the concept that traditional and personal stories reflect on specific cultures, periods, and styles. We consider the roles of storytelling in community-building and the idea that all of us, everywhere, have folk life....

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Angela Bartley

Louisville, KY

Dance / Music The "Dance of Latin America", "Global Rhythms" with Adaptive Instruments

Phone: 502-387-6680 www.AngelaBartley.com

Angela Bartley has spent her adult life extensively traveling six continents, gaining first-hand experience with world cultures. Her adaptive music and dance workshops and residencies engage participants through international music and movement. Students may learn to play African drums, sing tribal call and response, play on global adaptive musical instruments (provided), or dance salsa and cha-cha. With music and motion as instruments of global celebration, her students...

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Danielle Blevins

Louisville, KY

Music Visual Arts printmaking, paper making, book arts and sculpture

Phone: 502-322-4484 www.cargocollective.com/danielleblevins

Danielle Blevins has a BFA in printmaking and a concentration in Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is a trained Master Printer of Lithography with a degree from the Tamarind Institute. She collaborates with both kids and adults to facilitate projects that foster both creativity and community outreach. She first worked for VSA in Albuquerque, NM on a printmaking project that included partnering with a local farmers market....

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Melody Bock-Freeman

Lexington, KY

Visual Arts Painting, Mixed Media, Murals

Phone: 859-492-5588 www.orgsites.com/ky/melody

I take joy in teaching students: about works of art, aesthetics and art criticism; and how to create art within a studio. I have been teaching and providing comprehensive and discipline-based art education in public schools and as a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I teach undergraduate art education courses at Eastern Kentucky University, American Sign Language in local communities and have an MA in Art Education from EKU....

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Cynthia Changaris

Louisville, KY Storytelling / Music Stories, Music, Guitar, Dulcimer and Flute Phone: 502-645-2930 www.artsedshowcase.org/artist.php?ArtsEduID_comp=41 My story/music workshops engage participants in creative expression through music, language and movement, combining rhythm, rhyme, play on musical instruments, expressive movements, and even drawing. I have a large collection of instruments from around the world. Students and teachers find this work stimulating and fun. I'm very adaptive to all levels of abilities. I have a BS in Nursing, a MS in Family Health care, and a minor in Education....
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Kathi E.B. Ellis

Louisville, KY

Theater

Phone: 917-285-3339

Kathi is a professional theatre director and teaching artist. Classroom residencies span grades 3-12 and focus on all elements of drama. Kathi’s residencies connect drama to social studies, language arts, and the other art forms when desired. In collaboration with teachers, Kathi creates student-generated, participatory classroom activities that support a wide variety of units of study across the curriculum. She is also a member of KAC’s Roster of Teaching Artists. ...

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