Rebecca Swan-Byrd

I had a stained glass class with Stacy and it was fun and very enjoyable. I have shared the experience with other wanna be stained glass beginners!! Thanks for the skills taught and my beautiful feather sun catcher!!


David performed for the schools in our community and was able to adjust to age groups with ease and grace. His show was engaging, informative and energetic. Highly recommend!

Christina Mixon

We are so grateful to have worked with Mr. Cannon! He is absolutely incredible! This was our first year working with him and our students, teachers and families had nothing but positive things to say about their time with him. Mr. Cannon did a week long residency and participated in a family night.

Tangie Beaty

Arischa’s work ethic almost matches her talent ability. Knowledgeable in both acting and directing, Arischa is truly a gem and is second to none. She is amazing to work with and extremely dedicated.

Anne B. Brown

Deane is a consummate artist with a heart, a conscience, and talent in spades. Deane approached UVA towards the ‘early’ end of the pandemic and offered to donate her collaborative art piece, Together While Apart. We love the story behind the piece and love that Deane honored the healthcare team at UVA.

Leslie Marchi-Monroe

3D Design class(15 students)
The process seems intimidating at first, as I had no prior experience with plasma cutting or working with metal in a forge. Jamie is incredibly down-to-earth, very approachable, and the kids LOVED working with her. They are so proud of their final sculpture!

Vicki Bishop

Alphaeus has worked in our district conducting music residencies at our summer enrichment camps and has also served as an adjudicator for many years for our gifted music program. He is amazing! He has a heart for kids and loves engaging them in music! He is kind, calm and genuine!

Rev. Barbara Wilson

I discerned the leadership potential and musicianship in Alphaeus as a youth. He was always eager to learn the pedagogy of working with youth choirs and about music in general. The most valuable quality that he possesses is his humility which causes him to remain teachable, perfecting his craft.

Jen Waldron

Daryl and Angelina are a fantastic team to work with. They naturally connected with our elementary students and wove so many stories into their shared craft. I highly recommend them!


Davelyn planned and facilitated a poetry workshop for my fifth grade students. She connected & engaged with my students in a way that made poetry fun and cool. With her guidance and constructive criticism, students felt safe to be vulnerable & mastered grade level literary vocabulary and skills.

C. Hammond

Speaking Down Barriers has been an encouraging presence at our school. The passion and talent of the facilitators piqued student interest and paved the way for fearless creative expression. I would highly recommend working with this organization!


This was an amazing residency! Mrs. Ho worked with 200 students at my school (3rd and 5th grades). She was organized and super responsive when planning the week together. She also made relevant and meaningful connections to classroom standards. The kids loved working with her, creating felt 🙂

Donna Fields

If you are searching for a magical experience in puppetry for your students, look no further! Becky Becker is a master puppeteer who blends music, storytelling, and puppetry into a beautiful learning experience. Becky is also punctual with communication, very organized, and ever so friendly!

Josh Padgett

We have had the pleasure of working with Son of Ice for several years. His infectious energy is matched by his creative and engaging work with students of all ages and abilities. He is very adaptive for your school’s needs and schedule. Your students will love the positive and original residency.

Mckensie Revels

Mr. Pettee came to our school as a part of the MUSE program here in Spartanburg County. Not only is he an engaging and knowledgeable musician, but he is well-versed in the academic/school setting. His friendly nature, patience, and enthusiastic attitude make him an excellent choice for residencies!

Yvonne A Spencer

If you are 8 to 80 and want to enjoy opera, Linda Suda is the person to see. Her enthusiasm and her experience in opera will spark most anyone’s interest! I have worked with Mrs. Suda on the accompaniments for Opera Is Awesome, August, 2021, and others. To know Linda Suda is to enjoy opera!

Michelle Howard

As a teacher really enjoyed Ms. Kinnas’ constructive critiques of the haikus my students created about flowers. Her suggestion were insightful and useful. I appreciate her comments so much that we dedicated our ocean haikus students drafted at Creative Arts to present for BRAVO night 5/24/22.

Kaye Foxworth

Mrs. Riddle was our guest artist for our first CGS Family Arts Nights! She led our families in creating ceramic tile masterpieces. She was easy to coordinate with before the event. At the event she was enthusiastic, professional, and knowledgeable. We loved having her and plan to have her back!

Kathryn Mitchell

Our school hosted two Family Arts Workshops and invited parents and students for a brief lesson in ceramic tile art and a workshop for creating individual tiles. Mrs. Riddle led the workshop both nights, and the feedback from our event was fantastic. Participants loved her lesson and enthusiasm!

Amber Pitts

Ms. Riddle was very patient while working with the students and families during this session. Materials were readily available and she reminded us we are all artist, just at different levels! She shared many facts about the school’s ABC grant and further arts resources. We enjoyed creating with her!

Jennifer Pitman

Mr. Fowler is naturally talented in relating to all students by displaying a love of music within the arts. The kids enjoy his company and he is very entertaining. He is easy to work with and reliable. His dedication and love of music show when he shares and teaches children. We love his visits!

Kevin Staggers

Fat is an amazing instructor. He recently worked with our students in collaboration with SC Vocational Rehabilitation on a pilot project (Beats to the Rhyme). Student engaged in career exploration activities and produced a 3-song EP. Students gravitated to him. Would love to have him back.

Dr. LaTunya Means

Mr. Anderson created a MUSE core curriculum that helped our teachers infuse the arts into their instructional practices. He conducted engaging PD for our teachers and awesome virtual sessions for our students. His attitude and passion are contagious!!!

Jacquelyn Stokes

When Orisirisi African Folklore enter our school; our students, faculty and staff embark on an amazing experience of African Culture. It is interactive, joyous, and all learn about respect, empathy, and feel welcomed to the community that Orisirisi create through music, storytelling and dance.

Shelly Rowan

I have worked with Mrs. Faust for 4 years. All of my classes have LOVED having her. Mrs. Faust teaches the Harlem Renaissance to my 5th graders. She brings the content to life through dance! She creates an unforgettable experience for the students. I can’t teach Harlem Renaissance without her!

Maegan Azar

Vaughn is an incredibly inspiring artist. He connects quickly and easily with the students that he is teaching, and provides specific feedback that is positive while giving them individual room to grow. His joy for dance radiates, and the students gained actionable tools to better their approach!

Elizabeth Wright

Vaughn taught a lovely workshop and master class for our college students. He was professional, kind and inspiring. Thanks, Vaughn!

Devin Moore

Kristin just completed a unit on integrating dance techniques while teaching students how to analyze character traits. It was a phenomenal learning experience for my students! Students were able to use techniques of dance to portray character traits during our masquerade ball!

Izzy Wroblewski

Ms. Mincey is one of the most innovative choreographers & motivational teachers in the low country area. All my child would talk about is how much she enjoyed Ms. Mincey’s class. She is one of the hardest working teachers I’ve ever met and I think she should be hired full time for DD2 district.

Lauren Kogan

Zimone is an amazing choreographer & teacher. She works well with students building relationships and their trust as she teaches. Prior to being my long term sub while on mat. leave, she choreographed a piece for our dance company that was adjudicated for the Charlotte Ballet HS Dance Fest (2019).

Will Easterday

Mr. Cannon has been coming to Harrisburg the last couple of years and has been a huge hit with the kids! His knowledge of drumming and different African cultures is immense and comes out in his teaching. My kids loved having Mr. Cannon and still ask about him! You won’t find anyone better!

Sarah Anderson

James is an outstanding musician, teacher, and person. He constantly engages students, incorporating history, world culture, and visual art within each of his sessions. I bring James in to work with my students every chance I get and highly recommend him to anyone.

Donna Fields

Our school has hosted two residencies with James, one in-person and one virtual. In both experiences, James was consistently professional, engaging, and fluid in his delivery of instruction about West African music and culture. He easily connects with students and staff. James is outstanding!

Lindsay Malcher

Mr. Cannon served as an Artist-in-Residence for Fine Arts Day at WVE for several years. He engages students with hands-on experiences in African drumming and brings a valuable knowledge and energy into his sessions. He effectively includes students of all ability levels. I would highly recommend!

Derek Classey

James is an incredible musician, teacher, and human! His residency on West African drumming was very informational and the students LOVED every minute! We concluded with a performance for the entire school at the end of the week that was featured on the district website. It was an absolute blast!


James Cannon has been coming to my elementary school annually for 11 years! His residency engages students with drumming, singing, and lots of fun information about the West African countries and culture. His rapport with students is amazing and our entire school looks forward to this performance!

Dr. Sharon T. Doyle

We have repeatedly used Jef as part of our Theatre residencies as we do not have a certified theatre teacher in our building. He provides not only our students with incredible activities that call upon their depth of knowledge, but also works to provide quality staff development for our teachers.

Kristie Leonard

Kristin truly integrates dance with the academic subject! My students can give a recap of a historical timeline from the end of WWI through 1945 with a choreographed dance they helped Kristin create. Kristin has great classroom management skills too! What fun it is to learn with her for all of us!

Emma Barnes

Amazing energy and music lessons planned for students. The students enjoyed the theme song Mahoganee introduced and loved when she shared instruments from her travels. We would love for her to come to our school for more musical lessons!

Jennifer Friend-Kerr

Tim was great! The students loved learning about camouflage and fungi. The lessons were very well thought out and timed perfectly; if you didn’t know better you would have thought he went to school to be a teacher! I couldn’t been happier with our virtual experience together.

Kayla Jennings

Lindsey Anderson worked very well with my elementary students. She taught choreography to my 5th grade students including steps, formations, and musicality. She was very patient with them and helped them to be successful while still challenging them.

Angie Lawson

I have been fortunate enough to work with Kimberly Roberts through several of her residencies. My students have participated in a “STOMP” percussion residency, a steel drum residency, a literary presentation, and a school-wide concert. I am always impressed with her professionalism and skill!

Angie Lawson

Kimberly Roberts and her group Pantasia provided a great multicultural music experience for our students. The performance was educational, entertaining, and kid-friendly. Kimberly’s steel drum residency was well-structured and pedagogically appropriate. The student performance on drums was amazing!

Candace Frierson

Ms. Housey is very forward thinking and innovative. She brings all her talents from crafting to graphics. She shares everything she knows. She did directive drawings with my scholars. They truly enjoyed it. She also continued to share ideas she believes would be great for my young scholars.

Jocelyn Gordon

Lori is deeply knowledgeable on many topics. Not just a jill of all trades, Lori’s knowledge and experience spans Occupational Therapy, working with children on the autism spectrum, project management, group fitness facilitation and more. Lori is a master teacher and multidisciplinary artist.

Autumn Elizabeth

Lori is a kind individual with the natural patience required by a teacher to help you flourish. She spreads joy and peace to all the lives she works with. She was a blessing to take a class with.

Camellia Harris

Mr. Parton combines his art with competition to make a fun day for your students. But the best thing he does is he creates a book for your students, parents, and staff about your school. He is easy to work with to plan the book and your event. He is also reasonably priced.

Katie Atkins

Mr. Parton came to our school for an author visit. Mr. Parton made the entire process from booking to the presentation easy and seamless. The kids enjoyed his presentation, they were in awe of how he creates his illustrations.

Kathleen Lee

Meredith is a phenomenal artist; particularly patient and encouraging for mixed level dance classes, often found in a public school setting. My students were engaged, pushed to explore new partnerships and improvisational techniques and the dancers loved her choreography!

Gloria Turner

I have been working with Jef for at least 10 years. He has taught mime, mask and movement, character development, and scriptwriting to theatre and language arts students. He has also conducted professional development for our staff. I highly recommend Jef as an artist in residence.

Jessica Crum Belcher

How would I describe our residency with Yuhas and Dancers? Extraordinary and truly inspiring! Not only does Meredith teach the students’ valuable concepts dance, she teaches them incredible lessons in life. She is a wonderful teacher to students of all levels and can teach a variety of styles.

Gloria Turner

I have been working with Jef for at least 10 years. He has taught mime, mask and movement, character development, and scriptwriting to theatre and language arts students. He has also conducted professional development for our staff. I highly recommend Jef as an artist in residence.

Jennifer Copeland

I originally met Brad at several different arts shows in our area and then invited him to come speak to our elementary students regarding being an artist and an author. His presentation is top-notch and very engaging for the students. They really enjoyed learning from him!

Chrissy Welch

Kimberly Roberts and her steel drum band gave a high quality performance packed with geography, history, and music. I learned so much from the presentation and I am so glad my students were able to get this information!

Christine Allen

She is very involved in the music the steel band presents at programs. She loves the children and what she does.

Matthew Crawley

Tiffany was an amazing addition to our fine arts festival this year. She was wonderful with the students and very attentive to the residency. Her talent is of the highest order. We will definitely be working with Tiffany again!

Karen Murphy

Jugnu is passionate about Indian folk art and her interest inspires others. She was well prepared and happy to share her skills and vision with others.

Sharon Waynick

Kristin was a teaching artist for my fifth grade gifted students. Due to COVID restrictions, we had to make it work virtually. She was so creative and energetic. She planned and taught a unit on the Harlem Renaissance Era. Learning about the era, they choreographed movement for each time period.

Shelley Sikes

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Davis over the last week. Virtually he taught my students the techniques of hidden pictures and how illustrations can help us to create a story. Mr. Davis used a variety of strategies to engage my second graders. As a teacher I learned strategies as well.

Kim Likins

Amiri provided a lively interactive art class for our Boys & Girls Club members earlier this month. The children learned about his painting techniques as well as history about Gullah art. It was amazing to see Amiri create a painting in “real time” that was inspired by the children’s ideas.

Carrie Hirsch

Amiri Farris was commissioned by the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to create a mural on the museum site. He worked closely w/ founder/executive director Louise Cohen & board members on this project. His vast knowledge of the Gullah culture was invaluable. Installation scheduled in early 2021.

Alana Adams

We contracted Amiri to do a zoom artist in residence project at 2 local schools. Materials for the art project were distributed to the schools in advance of the residency, Amiri was very professional in all stages of the process and the students loved working with him. Highly recommend!

Kayleigh Vaughn

Drew Baron worked with the Morris Center to create a short documentary to accompany our Beyond the Oaks: Lowcountry Plantation exhibition. The production value was excellent, and museum visitors raved about the quality of the film. We would highly suggest working with Drew on your next project.

Denisse Santos

Mr. Boucher recently completed an art residency at one of our high schools. We were so appreciative of the artistry that Mr. Boucher brought with him to share. We are so grateful for his work through Arts Access South Carolina and appreciate his work with us.

Josh Padgett

The SCSDB has had the honor and excellent working relationship with Carter Boucher for some time. For the past several years, we have had effective residencies benefiting our students and entire campus. We highly recommend Carter for any arts residencies.