2024 Faculty

Designed for Educators

Paddy Bowman, Instructor

Charlottesville, Virginia

Paddy Bowman is Founding Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, celebrating its 30th anniversary. She is co-editor of the Journal of Folklore and Education, a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access publication of Local Learning. Her courses and professional development training programs for educators and artists, implementation of model school-based projects, authorship of seminal publications, and development of online and offline curricular materials have significantly extended the reach of folklore and folk arts to hundreds of teachers and their students throughout the United States. She co-edited the anthology Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum (Utah State University Press) and was awarded the American Folklore Society’s Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public Folklore and is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. She has an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina. 

WORKSHOP Integrating Folk Arts and Local Culture Across the Curriculum

Kerry Warren, Instructor

New York, New York

Kerry Warren is a New York-based actor, teaching artist, and former Co-Executive of the Teaching Artists Guild, TAG. As a Consent Forward Artist she has trained with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators, Theatrical Intimacy Education, Contributor and Facilitator of teachwithgive.org and completed Bartol's Trauma Informed Training for Teaching Artists. She is a graduate of the Teaching Artist Project program through CWP and the Juilliard School's Drama Division where she received The President Polisi Prize for Artist as Citizen. Warren has taught with Harlem Children’s Zone, Lincoln Center Education, GIRLBEHEARD, People’s Theatre Project, the 52nd Street Project, EPIC theatre, ArtsConnection, New York Theater Workshop and is a member of NYC Artist in Education Roundtable, alumna of their mentorship cohort and Art Equity’s BIPOC Leadership Circle. As an actor she has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally. She is a proud union member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.


WORKSHOP Yes, and Yoga


Kofi Gbolonyo, Instructor

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WORKSHOP Orff-Afrique

Julie Yu, Instructor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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WORKSHOP Applications of World Drumming: PreK-6th Grade

Visual Arts

Chris Hall, Instructor

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WORKSHOP Inclusive Art

Jan Heaton, Instructor

Oakwood, Ohio

Jan Heaton's art quietly unravels a story that creates an emotional connection with the viewer and reminds us of a feeling, place, or time. A quest for the natural beauty that surrounds us, her paintings are inspired by the structure, color, and patterns in nature. Working in watercolor, her organic forms integrate with the texture of the heavy cotton paper. The marks, pigment selections, and translucent layers are precise, thoughtful, and carefully planned. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Heaton is a third-generation artist. Her artwork is represented by galleries and art dealers in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Atlanta. 


WORKSHOP Watercolor: Abstractions in Nature

David Modler, Instructor

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WORKSHOP Experimental Drawing

Taylor Painter-Wolfe, Instructor

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Taylor Painter-Wolfe is a fiber artist and art teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She majored in fiber art at The Kansas City Art Institute where she first began working with felted wool. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 and later attended The University of Washington where she earned a Masters of Education in early childhood special education. In 2011 she returned to Tulsa where she has taught special education, preschool, and art in Tulsa Public Schools. Painter-Wolfe now divides her time between making and showing her work and teaching art classes to children and adults in various galleries, arts organizations, and schools throughout Oklahoma. She creates abstract landscapes from felted wool she makes and dyes herself. Her work is inspired by aerial photographs, satellite images, and her own photography of natural environments. She has had multiple solo shows in Tulsa and her work regularly appears in group shows locally and nationally.


WORKSHOP Felted Wool