Sherry Robbins

Sherry Robbins is a poet, teaching artist, and freelance writer. She has conducted creative writing workshops throughout the state of New York and abroad since 1977, working with hundreds of students annually. The Association of Teaching Artists named Robbins its 2005 New York State Teaching Artist of the Year. She serves on the National Endowment

Melissa Kate Project

This cabaret blues act is led by Melissa Kate Miller, an international recording artist, songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer, and poet. Students join in performance with musicians who have traveled across the world and emphasize the communicative power of music. American jazz, pop and rhythm and blues are the vehicle through which students learn

Melissa Kate

Melissa Kate Miller is an international recording artist, songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer and poet. As US Managing Director for Artfully AWARE, founder of the Benched Players and leader of the cabaret blues act, The Melissa Kate Project, she draws from a varied background for her students. Miller holds a BFA in Musical Theater

Le Ballet Touba

Le Ballet Touba is a dance and music duo led by Robin Hibbert, a professional dancer and teacher. Hibbert was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in Buffalo. She holds a BA from the University of Buffalo in Human Services, Early Childhood Development and Dance. For her work with Le Ballet Touba,

Christina Vega-Westhoff

Christina Vega-Westhoff is the author of Suelo Tide Cement, which won the 2017 Nightboat Poetry Prize and was published in 2018. She lives in Buffalo, NY, where she teaches writing and movement with The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, the Geneseo Migrant Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Young Audiences of Western New York. She performs

Benched Players

The Benched Players are a theatrical improvisation ensemble led by Melissa Kate Miller, a songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer, and poet. The Benched Players lift students from the sidelines (“off the bench”) and, through theater games and improvisation, engage their critical and creative minds. Formed in 2006, The Benched Players has morphed from a

Annette Daniels Taylor

Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer. In 2009, Daniels Taylor won the Artie’s Emanuel Fried Award for New Play, A Little Bit of Paradise, which premiered at Road Less Traveled Productions in 2008. She has worked on or behind many notable Buffalo and NYC stages, including HBO’s Def Comedy

Andy Parker-Weather Machine

Andy Parker is a professional meteorologist and “weather educator.” Prior to working in television, Parker studied math and atmospheric physics at SUNY Brockport, where he obtained a B.S. degree in Meteorology Science. He is an AMS Sealed Meteorologist who has worked in television for more than 15 years, representing Buffalo nationally for the Weather Channel

Power of Words

Combining original poetry and hip hop, teaching artist Aitina Fareed Cooke illustrates stories of endurance through hardships.  While sharing personal and creative stories of trauma and triumph, the artist explains the power of words and how writing can be used to heal, motivate, and inspire ourselves and others. This performance explores the effects of many social issues that plague

Aitina Fareed Cooke

Aitina Fareed-Cooke’s beginnings may not have started off ideal. Losing her biological mother to drug abuse, dealing with low self-esteem and depression, left her feeling worthless as a child. However through the support of her adoptive mother, a few mentors, and youth programs during her teens, she was given the opportunity to strive. Aitina learned about the
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