Leslie holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Wayne State College in Nebraska and a M.Arch. from Virginia Tech. An installation artist and sculptor, her artwork is multidisciplinary and material rich. Tandem with her studio practice, Leslie has been a teaching artist since 2002, was on the Nebraska Teaching Artist Roster from 2009-2013, and traveled widely throughout the state as part of the Dana Foundation's Nebraska Teaching Artists Initiative. Leslie has worked with children as young as three, teenagers, senior adults, and those with a wide variety of abilities. She has had extended teaching artist training through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has worked with ARTS for ALL Wisconsin since 2013 as well many other local Wisconsin organizations such as the Overture Center for the Arts, and Badger Prairie Health Care Center.
Patrizia holds an M.S. from Philadelphia University in Textile Design for Prints and a B.A. from the Institute of Industrial Design in Montevideo, Uruguay in Textile Design. She has been teaching with AFA since 2016, and her workshops focus on playing with color and patterns and incorporating fabric and other textile materials. She also teaches numerous other workshops for adults and children in several art centers in Dane County, as well as work on her own art out of her studio in Monona.
Christy has been making art her whole life but made it her focus and career after graduating with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Madison College. In addition to her work with ARTS for ALL Wisconsin, Christy is a professional fine artist, art-jewelry maker, and children's book illustrator. She averages about two art local art markets and shows a month while creating new work. Christy also strives to connect with and advocate for those living with invisible illnesses, physical or emotional, by creating art that communicates what can't always be seen or said.
Deb has worked for AFA since 1994 and is an educator with a BS in Music Therapy from UW-Eau Claire. She has held many positions with AFA, including as the founder and Choir Director of our Menomoie Choir, and the Western District Director.
Carolyn is a certified Music Together (R) Teacher and a Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Award-winning jazz singer. Originally from Mamaroneck, New York, she has been making music and making people smile for over 20 years. This is her third residency with ARTS for ALL leading music and movement in Head Start programs in Madison. In addition to her work with ARTS for ALL Wisconsin, Carolynn is a graphic artist, and the Special Events & Development Associate at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County.
Mike is a certified learning disabilities teacher with over a decade of experience working with K-12 students in the public school setting. He is an accomplished teacher, musician, music producer, and program manager. As a producer, Mike has worked with many top artists, including Mick Fleetwood, Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and star producer Bill Laswell
Beth is an Emmy-award winning television journalist who loves words and the power they carry to encourage, empower and equip people. She is a professional expressive writing facilitator and healing storyteller who hosts workshops, retreats, conferences because she sees over and over the transformative power of words. “I help provide platforms and expressions for those who don't typically have a voice or are unsure sometimes of the one they do have. It is life-giving work for all.” Beth is an author, published poet, wife, and mom to three boys, a large black lab, a rabbit named Esther, and a few wayward backyard chickens.