Dr. Celes Tisdale is a professional actor, a published poet, a national and international storyteller, and a lecturer on the arts and culture.
As a bilingual instructional technology consultant specializing in “Flipped Classroom Strategy”, Alex’s primary focus is CTE and its connection to the Arts and Mathematics.
Mohamed Diably began playing the jembe at age seven, under the supervision of his elder brother Moustapha. By fifteen, he was asked to join a group sponsored by the wife of Guinea’s famous President Sekou Toure. Mohamed travels throughout the US, Canada, and Europe teaching drum and dance and promoting the music and culture of Guinea.
Wooden Cities is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary classical music in Western New York through unique, educational presentations.
Dave Ruch is extensively involved in the arts-in-education field, using music to teach core curriculum and inspire young learners.
Christy Zucarelli, an artist working mainly in the field of painting, is a Buffalo native. She earned degrees in fine art from both UB and Daemen College. In addition, Zucarelli completed the art education certification program at Buffalo State College, and earned an MA in Art Education at The City College of New York.
Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group that creates on-the-spot theatre, based on audience suggestions and participation. Performers Karen L. Eichler and Andrew M. Spragge are experienced improvisers, actors, corporate trainers, and teachers who love to have as much fun as possible.
Ancient Voices is a World Music percussion & wind duo formed by drummer Ringo Brill & saxophonist Steve Baczkowski. Their unique program utilizes and demonstrates a multitude of ancient indigenous musical instruments from around the world.
Lehrer Dance is a dance troupe led by Jon Lehrer, an amazingly innovative dancer and choreographer. Lehrer is known internationally for his gravity defying choreography and high-energy performance style.
Le Ballet Touba is a dance and music duo led by Robin Hibbert, a professional dancer and teacher. For her work with Le Ballet Touba, Robin is joined by Alassanne Sarr on the drums. A Griot, Sarr is a master of the oral, drum, poetry and music traditions of Senegal. Their interactive workshops are engaging and teach valuable social and historical knowledge.