Please join us in welcoming our new teaching artists and new arts organizations for the 2013-14 school year. These folks have demonstrated a deep commitment to arts integration, 21st century skills, and a profound respect for the learning processes of children. During the application process, we were stunned again and again and again by their dedication to engaging all types of learners. We are thrilled to have them on the Right Brain team!
Aaron Nigel Smith (Young Audiences) believes that music and movement give children the opportunity to exercise, imagine and explore self expression. He founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, used in over 100 early education centers nationally, and tours with PBS Kids Between the Lions Live and the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign.
Ashley Klump has a Masters of Art in Arts Education and a lot of experience teaching visual arts as well as other subject matter in classrooms. She likes to challenge students to consider the aesthetic decisions they make as they move through their day, and why they make them.
Bobby Abrahamson is an award-winning photographer who specializes in working with middle and high school aged students. About his discipline, Bobby says, “Photography is an extraordinary medium that invites exploration of our environment and our identities through an almost magic-like process of transformation.”
Cindy Williams Gutierrez (Wordstock) is an author and playwright who earned her MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program, and teaches poetry and playwriting to youth through the Bernstein Artful Learning Foundation, the Portland Art Museum, The Right Brain Initiative, Wordstock, and Writers in the Schools.
Daniel Granias is a ceramics artist who believes that three-dimensional art offers an opportunity to teach students a greater lesson in “thinking in the round.”
Katie Basile’s work in media arts is based in photography and digital storytelling. Katie aims to “facilitate an experience where students can share their own stories through self-reflection, creativity and technology.”
Marjorie Anderson is a long-time theater teaching artist who sees theater as a way for students to “make discoveries, try new things, problem-solve, stretch beyond their fears, laugh, and take pride in their achievements.”
Mark Caporeal (Young Audiences) is an illustrator, painter, writer and father of two. He finds inspiration in the energy and imagination of children, and teaches with patience, humor, and respect to show students various ways to realize their vision.
Mo Phillips (Young Audiences) has played music all over the world for people of all ages, but loves to rock out with kids. He empowers students to grab hold of their inner beat and turn it up to 11.
My Voice Music, through exuberant hands-on, student driven experiences, uses music to help students “find the power of their own voice and develop social and emotional skills—such as working in a team, setting and accomplishing goals, expressing one’s self in a positive manner, and willingness to try new things—that help them lead a fulfilled life.”
Subashini Ganesan (Young Audiences) is a choreographer and dancer of Bharathanatyam, a narrative and athletic South Indian dance form, Suba aims to make this holistic and traditional dance/theatre form accessible. Kids experience storytelling with hand a facial gestures, which aids them in discovering literacy skills through movement.
Red Yarn Productions (Young Audiences) is a folk music and puppetry company founded by artist, educator, and performer Andy Furgeson. Andy believes that children possess profound self-expression skills and helps them tap into their talent, while engaging all types of learners in the creative process.