Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists
What is a teaching artist?

The role of teaching artist cannot be assigned to just anyone who has arts or crafts experience. The artist in question has to have the requisite education and experience to teach sequential learning programs for older adults.

A working definition of a teaching artist is:
“A practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities, and sensibilities of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”

The Arizona Commission on the Arts describes teaching artists this way:
“Successful teaching artists help provide a tangible link between the creative process and all kinds of learning, and they make manifest in classroom and community settings the human drive to survive by making meaning out of our world.”

EngAGE is fortunate and grateful to have many talented teaching artists who provide classes in the visual arts, music, writing, and more at our communities. All of them bring their unique sensibilities to the classroom to create learning experiences that are often transformative for our residents.


Our Teaching Artists

Amy Beauchamp, Art
Gillian Bellinger, Improv
Mindy Bolton, Storytelling
Colette Brown, Ceramics
Genevieve Brown, Piano
Van (Sojah) Brown, Jewelry
Tania Cruz, Art
Veronique d’Entremont, Art
Fabian Debora, Art
Charles Fearing, Music
Nicole Galardo, Art
Clarence Johnston, Drumming
Ciana Lee, Art
Linda Luisi, Art
Jo McLachlan, Comedy
Matthew McMilon, Art
Lorraine Pope, Art
Yvette Rodriguez Morton, Acting
Celeste Pechous, Acting
Janet Perricone, Music
Tony Pretzello, Music
T. Mychael Rambo, Storytelling (MN)
Gloria Sanchez, Art
Oshea Perry, Poetry
Angela Vicente, Music
Randall Williams, Art
Alma Wright, Art
Polet Zagarian, Art