Free Interactive 1: Inspire Your Heart with Art (Interact Live January 24, 2019)

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January 31st is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, a day to ponder how art affects our lives, and to encourage us to explore the many genres of art and to let it inspire us! And in the spirit of this event, that’s exactly what Educate.Today will be doing on January 24 with a daylong series of programs designed to Inspire Your Heart with Art.  Interact with visual artists, dancers, media artists, singers, musicians, actors, and more.  Share your artwork with us; let us know how art inspires you and what inspires you to create your own art. Join us to Inspire Your Heart with Art.

You can choose to watch online any time from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time on January 24 and also can choose to join via videoconference connection for face-to-face interaction for the sessions listed below.  To enroll, click on the Sign Up button or e-mail us at  Please type January Show Enrollment in the subject line.  All times are listed for the Central Time Zone; please adjust if/as needed for your time zone.

Videoconference Face-to-Face Session Times:  Each session will be focused on a different guest artist or artists sharing his/her art and answering student questions.  Additional artists joining us for each session are being finalized as we publish this material, so updates will be provided as guests are confirmed and you enroll for the program.

8:30 to 9:20 a.m. CT— Inspire Your Heart with Photographic Artist Sandy Brooks and Julia Flood, Artistic Director, Metro Theater Company

For this session, photographic artist Sandy Brooks will join us first. She’ll use her cell phone to demonstrate some innovative and inspirational ways to take photographs and create art.  She will continue to join us throughout the day as she creates different works of art. Students are invited to participate in the demonstration throughout the day.  If you’d like to receive more details on the student interaction planned with Ms. Brooks, including the free phone app they’ll be using with her, then please e-mail us at no later than January 18, 2019

Our second guest for this session is Julia Flood.  Julia Flood is Artistic Director of Metro Theater Company, a company dedicated to performing theater for young audiences.  Learn more about Metro Theater Company at  See other Educate.Today videos with Metro Theater Company by clicking here.

9:30 to 10:20 a.m. CT—Inspire Your Heart with Fiber Artist Gabrielle Corley and Metals and Glass Fusion Artist Taylor Adams 

Gabrielle Corley is a retired educator who loves to create fiber art.  She makes knitting needles and crochet hooks, weaves, and sews. She has a huge rug loom from the 1930s she uses as well as a portable loom she’ll be using during the program.

In the second part of this session, metals and glass fusion artist Taylor Adams will join us. She’ll bring examples of her work, talk about her process, and share how art provides an inspiration and balance to her life. Examples of her work can be seen at

10:30 to 11:20 a.m. CT—Inspire Your Heart with Artist and Gallery Curator Robert Powell and Multimedia Artist Jenny Murphy from Perennial STL

Robert Powell, artist, educator, and founder/executive director of Portfolio Gallery, will join us for the first part of this session. The mission of Portfolio Gallery & Education Center is to educate, enrich lives and foster a greater awareness of American artists of African American heritage. Learn more about the gallery and see examples of artistic works at

Our second guest for this session is multimedia artist Jenny Murphy who uses recycled materials of various types to create her art and help others to do the same.  Learn more about her organization at

11:30 a.m. to Noon CT—Inspire Your Heart with Theatre Critic Bob Wilcox 

For part of this session Bob Wilcox, a passionate theater lover and professional theatre critic will join us.  Along with colleague Gerry Kowarsky, he hosts “Two on the Aisle,” a bi-weekly St. Louis area theatre review program produced by our partner organization, HEC Media.  To see examples of their program, click here.

1:00 to 1:50 p.m. CT—Inspire Your Heart with Multimedia Artist Mike Pagano and Metals/Jewelry Artist Shayba Muhammad

Our first guest for this session is Mike Pagano. Mike is an artist, designer, and facilitator based in Saint Louis City; focusing on video and music production, multi-media art, and performance. He has over 17 years of experience working with many of the leading arts institutions in the Saint Louis area, including COCA, Craft Alliance, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, and most recently the Nine Network of Public Media.  Mike is also a Teaching Artist at GoodVoice STL/STL Artworks.  You can learn more about him at

Jewelry artist Shayba Muhammad will be our second guest this session. She uses brass as her medium to make classic minimalist designs for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. More information about Shayba and examples of her work can be seen at

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. CT—Inspire Your Heart with Actor and Playwright Stephen Chamineak and Dancer Arianna Russ from Modern American Dance Company

Our first guest this session is Stephen Chamineak. Stephen is a playwright, actor, and director in the St. Louis area.  Most recently his original play “The Shoemaker and Santa’s Elves” was performed by Alpha Players in St. Louis.  Learn more about Stephen at his website.

For the second half of this session, dancer Arianna Russ will join us. Arianna is a dancer for Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in St. Louis, Missouri. See her biography and learn more about MADCO at

3:00 to 3:50 p.m. CT—Inspire Your Heart with Dancer/Choreographer Jennifer Medina and Painter/Printmaker Byron Rogers

Our guest for this session is Jennifer Medina. Jennifer began her dance training in St. Louis and has danced and choreographed dances for companies across the United States.  She has also started her own company, Common Thread Contemporary Dance, in St Louis.  Learn more about Jennifer by clicking here.  See an example of Common Thread Dance Company at this YouTube video link.  The video was created by Optik House.

Painter, printmaker, and teacher at both Kirkwood High School and St. Louis ArtWorks, Byron Rogers joins us for the second part of this session. He will share examples of his prints and is excited to talk with students about his work and their work including techniques and the unique opportunities and challenges of his chosen medium.

Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 522: Inspire Your Heart with Art Program Guide

Use this document to learn more about this free interactive program that you and your students can participate in. Contents of the document include: 1) Program Objectives and Description; 2) How to View, Enroll, and Participate in the Program; 3) Program Format, Schedule, and Guests; 4) Featured National Standards; 5) Participant Preparation and Pre-Program Activity Suggestions; and 6) Post-Program Activity Suggestions and Supplemental Resources.