Artists

Professional Teaching Artists

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning employs over 100 professional teaching artists. Our roster of artists is carefully selected, with artists/ensembles chosen on the basis of artistic excellence, the ability to effectively communicate with students, teachers, and other artists, and the overall needs of the communities and schools we serve.

  • Linda Merchant

    Linda has been painting for as long as she can remember. As a child, she was inspired by the detailed wildlife artwork of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, ...
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  • Linda Zolten Wood

    Linda Zolten Wood earned her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987. She started out as a scenery and props artist at Cain Park and The Cleveland Play ...
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  • Mama Fasi (Linda Thomas-Jones

    Mama Fasi (Linda Thomas – Jones) is “The Drum Woman,” an accomplished musical director and teacher of more than 40 years and one of the nation’s foremost ...
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  • Mark Yasenchack

    About the artist: Clay captured Mark Yasenchack’s imagination when he was 6 years old. Fascinated by the grey oil-based modelling clay that never ...
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  • Mery Tomsick

    Mery Tomsick is a vocalist/guitarist who has performed throughout Cleveland for many years.  She has taught elementary music from pre-school through eighth ...
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  • Mike Geletka

    Digital teaching artist Michael Geletka is a proficient programmer and tutor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in bio-medical engineering from The Ohio State ...
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  • Morgan Conservatory

    The Morgan Conservatory is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated to every facet of papermaking, book arts, and letterpress printing and to ...
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  • MorrisonDance

    MorrisonDance is directed by Sarah Morrison, who is a choreographer, performer, educator and behavioral researcher. A recipient of the 2018, OhioDance ...
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  • Natalie Bauman

    Natalie Bauman is the founder and CEO of The Digital Mosaic, LLC, an online video storytelling experience, to better serve families, organizations and ...
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  • Natalie Green

    Natalie Green is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Regionally, she has worked with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Play ...
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  • Rafique Watson

    Rafique Watson is a veteran sample based music producer seeking to preserve the sonic and cultural integrity of Hip-Hop. Mr. Watson desires to introduce ...
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  • Ray McNiece

    “My passion for poetry led me to teaching to spread that love of language and learning. Students will experience the word through narrative, lyric and ...
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