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Art -Brenda St Claire

Brenda St. Clair’s background includes 3 years of art classes at Franklin Park Conservatory with Mary Spirers, followed by 2 tears of advanced classes with Susie Schriber and 3 years of advanced classes at The Art Loft in Canal Winchester. Brenda has also completed several advanced level workshops around Central Ohio and at Ohio University, Lancaster campus. Currently Brenda is President of Franklinton Arts District, teaches at FPA, teaches adult art classes at Gladden Community House, curates the gallery for Franklinton Arts District’s Franklinton Friday exhibit, curates gallery for Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber and juries art completions (most recently for Southern Ohio Arts Council).

John Hoffman


Dance – James Alexander

James Alexander, also known as boy Osuga, is the owner of Flavor’d Flow Studio, the 1st hip-hop cultural based dance studio in Columbus Ohio.  James has been dancing for over 20 years.  He Breakdances (bboys), Pops, and house dances. He has taught these genres of dance since 2000. James has taught all over Columbus. Mr. Alexander has taught at Gym Skills, Luv 2 Danz studio, BalletMet, Columbus Youth Ballet and Charmion Performing art center in Circleville Ohio. James also teaches after-school programs and summer camps all throughout Columbus. James also travels to do workshops all over the Midwest. He runs and organizes a kids crew that travels and competes all over the United States.  Bboy Osuga is part of Shaolin Funk Crew. He still competes with his crew and other bboys and bgirls. James now judges been judging events from Tennesse to Michagin and Indiana to Pennsylvania. He also host several events throughout the year.


Fitness – Brent Bagley


Gardening – Alex D’Amore

Alex D’Amore is part of Walipini Charities. “Walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”) is known as an underground or pit greenhouse. Shielded from the cold winter months, a walipini can produce food year around.

We build these inexpensive structures in the backyards of homes and rental properties and share the food with tenants of Columbus Permaculture Homesteads and nearby residents in the neighborhood. We also grow edible gardens using permaculture designs to plant berries, nuts, and herbs throughout the backyard landscape.

Children, parents, and residents in the neighborhoods can volunteer by working in the edible gardens and walipinis. We host neighborhood community food markets, gather together for potlucks and dinners, offer free educational classes on health, nutrition, meditation, and meet the needs of those who cannot afford to buy quality food or who are struggling financially. Our mission is to foster a warm sense of togetherness and to promote a community environment with loving kindness and genuine support.”

The garden is located cross the street from FPA, and was designed by Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Program Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


Jewelry Making – Kate Morris

Kate Morris has a degree in jewelry design and a Masters in Fine and Decorative Arts. She worked for many years in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s in London before turning her focus to textiles. She is the designer/maker behind The Lesser Bear. In addition to her work at FPA, and The Lesser Bear, Kate works remotely for the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss, doing social media and outreach.

Song Writing – Eric Rollin


Theater – Michael Herring

Michael Herring is the Executive Producer of Red Herring Productions. Red Herring Productions is dedicated to creating artistic works that are profound, provocative, and professional while providing artists with the resources to surpass their own boundaries and enrich the broader community.

From 1993 – 2008, Red Herring Theatre Company and Red Herring Theatre Ensemble built a reputation for bringing profound, provocative, and professional theatrical experiences to Columbus audiences. Red Herring Productions is a wholly new company and a new generation of Red Herring Theatre dedicated to the same ideals, re-launched and re-envisioned after nearly a decade of discussions between former Red Herring Theatre Company Artistic and Managing Directors Michael Herring and John Dranschak.

Red Herring Productions produces theatrical pieces that we feel passionately about, find creatively stimulating, and believe that Columbus audiences deserve and wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see.  Since our re-launch in 2013, Red Herring has been bringing such work to the people of Central Ohio.

World Music – Sam McCoy

Sam McCoy has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University. He earned the Graduate Scholar Award in 2006, and has had private studies with Bill Goodwin, Matt Wilson, Joe Ong and Jane Varella.

Sam has been teaching and performing for over 20 years. He has performed with various jazz artists in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Ohio. While at William Paterson, he worked closely with jazz greats: Mulgrew Miller, Don Braden, Harold Mabern and many others. He was a house drummer for Premier Cruise Lines in 1999-2000. He has taught everything from marching drum lines to Jazz History. He teaches the World Percussion Ensemble at Franklinton Preparatory Academy and the Ohio Avenue Steel Band for Directions for Youth and Families.  He has worked with many schools around Ohio as percussion instructor.