MARYLAND CENTERS FOR CREATIVE CLASSROOMS 2019 ROSTER OF TEACHING ARTISTS
Lenore Blank Kelner
Lenore Blank Kelner is an author, arts educator, arts integration specialist, as well as a theatre and teaching artist. She has been a presenter with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1982 and was a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts for 25 years. Lenore is the author of The Creative Classroom and co-authored A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension. She worked with the Maryland State Department of Education serving as the Arts Education Consultant for Early Childhood developing art standards, based on the National Core Art Standards for young learners 0-3 years of age.
KEEDRA BROWN - DANCE
Keedra Brown has taught all ages, levels and forms of dance. She received her undergraduate degree in Dance Performance and Psychology from Towson University, and her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College. As a dance educator with the Howard County Public School System she has developed curriculum, conducted workshops, and coordinated and produced various performances. For the past seventeen years she has also held the position of Instructional Team Leader of Fine Arts at Reservoir High School. Exploring the many possibilities with Arts Integration she has taught several workshops incorporating dance into the classroom.
KIMBERLY BROWN - CURRICULUM DIRECTOR AND VISUAL ARTS
Kimberly Brown has 20+ years experience in Arts Education. This California native earned her BA from UC Davis in Studio Arts and her Masters from Pace University in New York, before moving to Maryland to continue her journey in Arts Education. She has taught and learned from a variety of people and looks for new ways to advocate and increase knowledge through the arts. Currently she teaches Fine Arts for Elementary school and is the Curriculum Director for the MC3 program through MSDE. Kimberly’s new collage work will be on display at the Crossing Borders Exhibition at BWI this summer.
DANA CARR - THEATRE
Dana Carr is currently the Executive Director of Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, a non profit organization whose mission is to empower youth through the arts, academics, and social development. She has served as an administrator, curriculum writer, mentor, teacher and instructional coach, giving her a diverse background of experiences to share. Dana holds her master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland with certifications in arts integration, teaching artistry and organizational development. She is passionate about ensuring that all students have equitable access to a quality education that is inclusive of the arts.
KATIE COOGAN - VISUAL ART
Katie has taught visual art in traditional classroom and museum education settings at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels. She has served as an adjunct instructor in the UMD Elementary Education Department for four years, teaching Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom and Principles and Methods of Elementary Education. In the Fall, Katie will serve as the Professional Development School (PDS) Coordinator for the UMD Visual Arts Education Department where she will also teach various Visual Art Education methods courses. She received her Masters in Art Education from the University of Maryland (UMD) where she concentrated on the benefits of artistic expression and creativity for economically disadvantaged students.
LEAYNE C. DEMPSEY - THEATRE
Leayne C. Dempsey is an international director, actor, acting coach and master teacher. She has used her theatre major in a variety of fields, including education, mental health, regional theatre, independent film, and arts administration. Leayne was an IB Theatre and English teacher for seven years. Leayne's regional theatre credits include theaters such as: Hanger Theater (The Piano Lesson) in New York, Olney Theatre Center (Little Shop of Horrors), Studio Theater (All That I Will Ever Be), John F. Kennedy Center (TYA The Secret Lives of White House Pets), and the African Continuum Theatre Company (Old Settler). She is a proud Equity Membership Candidate with the Actors Equity Association
JAMES DORSEY - MUSIC
James Dorsey is an arts educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. His personal artistry includes vocal performance, dance, songwriting, and choreography for children. Dorsey works with younger students to develop their sense of personal identity. Under his care, students create and perform music and other integrated arts pieces that reflect their growing artistry and empathy for people from a variety of contexts. As a lead teacher, he coaches and supports peer educators to nurture their students' creativity with inquiry and concept-based arts integration. Dorsey is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Brian Francoise - Theatre
Brian Francoise is an actor-creator, director, and educator who is as excited creating physical theatre pieces using mask, corporal mime, and clown as he is devising community-based theatre projects. He has performed, directed, or taught at regional theatres such as Everyman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and Playhouse on the Square. Brian was a 2014-2016 Open Society Institute -- Baltimore, Community Fellow. In partnership with professional actors, slam poets, digital storytellers, and Morgan Community Mile, Brian led an intergenerational group of residents to devise a play about his neighborhood’s history and contemporary stories called Covenants, A Theatrical Collage about Northwood. He was awarded the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award as well as the Ruby’s Artist Project Grant. He is an affiliate faculty member at Goucher College where he has taught in the theatre and peace studies departments as well as teaching courses with the Goucher Prison Education Partnership program.
SOLOMIA GOROKHIVSKA - MUSIC
Ukrainian born violinist Solomia Gorokhivska is an active performer and educator. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and Master of Music Performance and Education from the National Music Academy in Ukraine. Solomia Gorokhivska frequently performs in USA and internationally including Canada, Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, and China. She has been a featured performer in a number of Radio and TV broadcasts and has played with various orchestras in Europe and the United States. She participates in many classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary music projects and collaborates with many artists around the world. She is a cofounder of Gerdan- Kaleidoscope of World Music ensemble based in Washington DC. Her group presents educational workshops for the K-12 schools, universities and community centers.
ALYSIA LEE - COORDINATOR OF FINE ARTS AND VOCAL MUSIC
For 2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee-- her role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist and arts advocate, gives her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Alysia's work has received national recognition for advancing access, equity, visibility, representation, and power-sharing between artists, organizations, and communities. Key to her method is leadership development, building strong partnerships, and intersectional approaches to engagement while centering artistic excellence, creativity, social justice, and multiculturalism.
Alysia Lee is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, the El Sistema-inspired girl empowerment choral academy.
KWAME SHAKA OPARE - DANCE
Kwame Shaka Opare, MFA, is classically trained in West African dance. In 2016, Kwame became BAM’s inaugural Chuck Davis Emerging Choreography Fellow. A National Coalition for Core Arts Standards advisor, his work in dance education is recognized for his ability to engage students, educators, and audiences. He facilitates professional development in arts-integrated curriculum and classroom management for the Kennedy Center. In 2013, he featured Baltimore City Public School students in his thesis, Triumph of Disruption anddelivered a 2014 TEDx Talk, “Disrupting the Miseducation of African American Youth.” Formerly a cast member with Broadway’sSTOMP, Kwame creates critically-acclaimed work that speaks to social issues.
LILLIAN PAILEN - LEADERSHIP
Dr. Lillian Pailen has served the arts education field as a teacher and administrator in public school and collegiate settings. She has also served as a specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office and draws upon these experiences as a consultant for statewide curriculum/assessment projects. She holds a B.A. degree in music education from Howard University, M.A. degree from Columbia University Teachers College, and doctorate in community college education from George Mason University.
DANA PARSONS - THEATRE
Dana is a highly experienced performer, director, and master teacher. Her career in the arts began as a member of the Professional Acting Company for Clear Space Theatre in 2004. For the past 11 years, she has taught and/or established performing arts classes and programs to students and adults of all ages and levels, specializing in honesty and excellence of craft. She has performed and/or directed over 100 performance pieces (theatre, vocal, movement) on the east coast as well as abroad, including Puerto Rico, Italy, and England. Most recently, Dana worked as a Master Teacher for the Maryland State Department of Education, providing professional development opportunities across the state in arts education and integration as well as the Community Engagement Coordinator and Theatre Instructor/Director at the Performing & Visual Arts Magnet Program within the Office of Advanced Studies and Programs of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
ANDREI PIDKIVKA - MUSIC
Dr. Andrei Pidkivka, has been critically acclaimed in the United States and Europe as the preeminent performer and educator. As an educator Dr. Pidkivka presented workshops and master classes at schools and universities and performed as a soloist and a guest musician with numerous symphony orchestras. Performances include the Columbus Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. He holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from Michigan State University, USA. His extensive collection of world instruments, from archaic to modern, encompass a wealth of knowledge and great possibilities. His East European background and extensive world music research keep him in demand as a maker of folk instruments and a recording artist with several recordings to his credit.
LACEY SHEPPARD - DANCE
Lacey Sheppard is the Arts Integration Teachers Specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Previously, she was the dance educator and performing and visual arts department chair at Brooklyn Park Middle School. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance with K-12 Certification, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration, and a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion from Towson University. Lacey serves as the K-12 Administration board member for the Maryland Dance Educators Association (MDEA). Lacey is grateful for her ever growing career in the arts, and is excited to continue working with fellow arts educators and classroom teachers with MC3!
CARIEN QUIROGA - VISUAL ART
Carien Quiroga, an award-winning multimedia visual artist and educator uses her artmaking and teaching practices to engage with creative both communities locally and internationally. Social Justice, mindfulness and collaboration is at the core of her artistic work. Her teaching includes intergenerational art programs, professional development for educators, mural-making residencies and workshops with incarcerated youth and adults, including those with mental illness. She holds a BA in Criminology and Psychology from University of Pretoria, BA in Fine Art from University of South Africa and is currently pursuing a Masters in Visual Art focusing on Artmaking practices in Correctional Facilities. www.carienquiroga.com