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Artists

Roxey Ballet celebrates diversity through interpretive movement workshops and multi-media ballet performances. The dancers, shown in the top rows, show students how themes addressing bullying, the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, disabilities, the veil, and substance abuse can be portrayed through dance.
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Jackie Tice Jackie Tice is a Native American singer, songwriter who shares the history and culture of her heritage through singing and story-telling. Here she and the school chorus are performing songs they co-wrote with her.

Jackie Tice is a Native American singer, songwriter who shares the history and culture of her heritage through singing and story-telling. Here she and the school chorus are performing songs they co-wrote with her.

Theo Martey, shown leading an African drum workshop, and his Akwaaba Ensemble bring high-energy West African drumming and dance performance that demonstrate the subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups. Students learn and practice several songs during workshops, then join the group on stage for public performances.
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Nana Amin brings West African songs, rhythms and dance to classrooms, helping students learn about and better understand the history and cultural heritage of his native country, Ghana

Donald Gregory (Heindei), a Tlingit artist from Alaska, instructs students on making ceramic and clay statues that are traditionally used to represent elements of natural surroundings.

Disabled artist Jamie Winter inspires students to create ceramic works influenced by Native American Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk tribal culture.

Mime performer and author of the book Yoga of MIME: Touching the Invisible, Janet Carafa demonstrates and then ”translates” her vignettes into words. Students then enact their thoughts and feelings through physical movements without words.

Osaka-born artist Ichi Ikeda is dedicated to raising awareness of the global importance of water conservation. His in-school art installation called The Water Carriers highlights the importance of everyone being stewards for access to clean water for future generations.

Jane Schuster, poet and author, engages students in peaceful, respectful political expression through figurative language and poetry workshops. Her engaging presence prompted students to nickname her Our Serene Highness.

June Seaney teaches students some of the traditional Middle Eastern and Romani dances.

Artists who have shared their talents and visions with my students.

  • Akwaaba Ensemble, Ghanian Drummers, Manchester, NH  READ MORE
  • Borinquen Dance Theatre, Rochester, NY
  • Gary Braasch, Environmental photographer, Portland, OR
  • Janet Carafa, Mime performer and childrens’ book author, New York, NY
  • China AIDS Orphan Fund, Traveling art exhibition, China
  • Jonny Dubowsky, Rock-N-Renew, New York, NY
  • David Duprey,WXXI TV “Raising 100,000 Voices” program, Rochester, NY
  • Generation Cool, World Drum Jam, Rochester, NY
  • Donald Gregory (Hiendei), Tlingit artist, Angoon, Alaska
  • Gail Holst-Warhaft, Tompkins County Poet Laureate (2011-2012)
  • Ichi Ikeda, Installation artist, Japan
  • Mizero Children’s Performance Troupe, Rwanda, Africa
  • Tony Padilla and Tumbao, Rochester, NY
  • Katalin Papp, Romani visual artist, New York, NY
  • Romani artwork, Traveling art exhibition, Jarvonice, Slovakia
  • Annette Ramos, Theatre teacher, Rochester, NY  READ MORE
  • Roxey Ballet, Multicultural ballet company, Lambertville, NJ  READ MORE
  • Jean Paul Samputu, Musician, Rwanda, Africa
  • June Seaney, Romani dance instructor, Ithaca, NY
  • Jane Schuster, Poet, Author, Rochester, NY
  • Rich Stein, Percussionist, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jacqline Worf Tice, Native American singer songwriter, Harrisburg, PA
  • Jamie Winter-Schira, Disabled visual artist, Shiwano, WI