Teaching Artists

Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artists Roster

The Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artists Roster features a diverse representation of individual artists and ensembles from Nevada and beyond. The Roster is designed as an online resource for schools, organizations, and communities to broaden and diversify participation in the arts through the engagement of artists in residencies and programs. The Roster artists represent a range of arts forms and all are experienced in collaborating with schools and communities to conduct learning in, through, or about the arts. The roster artists, selected through a rigorous review process, have program experience with at-risk youth, social services, special needs audiences, and lifelong learning.

Apply to be a part of the Teaching Artists Roster

Individual teaching artists, arts & culture groups, and non-profit arts organizations interested in promoting arts-based learning experiences are encouraged to apply to be included on the roster.
Teaching artists interested in being a part of the roster may submit an application through the arts council’s online management system Submittable. New applicants to the system must create an account.

Please review the guidelines prior to beginning the application.
Applications open: September 5, 2023, 9:00 a.m. PST.
Deadline to apply: October 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Questions? Please contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Director at 702.486.3738 or email.

What is an Artist Residency?

Artist Residencies provide students, teachers, and communities with direct hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with teaching artists. These individuals are professional or traditional artists working in any artistic discipline with training and experience in an art form and with knowledge of educational practice. The teaching artist may work in long-term or short-term residencies in classrooms or in a community setting, or may lead program development through involvement in curricular planning and professional development for teachers.

The residency design allows the artist to explore their discipline with students, teachers, and community members through a variety of components that may include teacher workshops, classes, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, community events, and perhaps a final project. Artist residencies provide a unique opportunity for students and community members to work directly with a practicing artist. In most cases, participants in an artist residency will acquire more advanced skills in a particular art form than they would normally achieve through regular educational experiences.

The Roster artists are listed below under their artistic discipline. Each of the artist’s profiles features biographical information on each artist, as well as examples of sample and past programs, professional development workshops for teachers and organization staff, areas of expertise, geographical availability, language proficiency, and contact information.
Note: Artists with behind their name have completed the Creative Aging in the Arts training provided by Lifetime Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.


Harold Akyeampong – Las Vegas
Sonia Carlson – Gardnerville
Andrew Fusco – Las Vegas
Kantu Inka – Carson City
Olabisi African Drum & Dance Ensemble – Las Vegas
Vanessa Maciel – Las Vegas
Rieko Shimbo / Tsurunokai Taiko – Reno
Chakrapani Singh – Reno
Sylvia Mamchur Robertson – Henderson
Mike Williams – Fallon
Ixela Guitierrez & Mexico Vivo – Las Vegas


Mary Bennett – Reno
Jeanmarie Simpson – Reno
Patricia Carreras – Mississippi
Get in the Act! Arts in Action – Dayton
Chelsea Hackett – Reno
Kent Jackman – New Jersey
Ann-Marie Pereth – Las Vegas
Binnie Wilkin – Las Vegas


Zoe Bray – Reno
Elizabeth Brooks – Reno
Larry Burton – Carson City
Gina Cifonelli – Las Vegas
Deborah Corona – Gardnerville
Denise Duarte – Las Vegas
Tia Flores – Reno
Carol Foldvary – Anderson – Reno
Jennifer Hart – Las Vegas
Richard Johnson – Jerome, AZ
Bonnie Kelso – Las Vegas
Debbie Lambin – Carson City
Vanessa Maciel – Las Vegas
Michael Pickard – Las Vegas
Paul Pinion – Las Vegas
Vogue Robinson – Las Vegas
Jack Taylor – Walker Lake
Marcus Tracy – Palm Desert, CA
C. Imani Williams – Las Vegas


Nazanin Arastoo – Reno
David Bradley / Big Head Bob – Las Vegas
Sonia Carlson – Gardnerville
Tami Castillo – Fernley
PAN Pantoja – Reno
Kate St. Pierre – Las Vegas
Mark Vollmer & Jim Eaglesmith / Story Songs – Sparks
Olabisi African Drum & Dance Ensemble – Las Vegas