Creative Aging Teaching Roster

Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA)

Jan Lowry and Mia Sage Lowry-Beason have contracted with the Monroe Area Council for the Arts for the last four years. Jan Lowry has years of training in visual arts, line dance, and theatre arts. Her forty two years in public education have taught her the value of patience and persistence when working with any […]

Scenic City Clay Arts

Scenic City Clay Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ceramics studio with a mission of sharing access to all things clay through collaborative education in a community studio. They believe in an inclusive community where all people can consistently experience creative self-expression in clay. SCCA’s studio provides all the necessary materials, tools, and equipment for our […]

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s mission is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences.  NSF Teaching Artists’ approach in the classroom aims to identify the essential humanity found within the text, and then introduces tools actors use to make sense of the language, characters, and stories.  No matter who you are, where […]

Sherry Johnson

Sherry has been teaching in Middle TN for 8 years. What started out as a love for performing arts has grown into a love to see the spark ignited in others’ eyes as they find what they are passionate about. She has spent the last 5 years as founder and director of a school for […]

Susan Elizabeth Jones

Susan Elizabeth Jones was raised in Franklin, Tennessee, and currently resides in a historic Craftsman cottage in Columbia. Her colorful and charming paintings focus on nostalgic subjects inspired by her home, history, travels, and childhood memories of her grandmother’s house. She is a long-time member of the Chestnut Group of Plein Air Painters fundraising for […]

Sarah Nowlin

Sarah has over 10 years of experience teaching visual art workshops and courses to all ages and community groups.  She inspires creativity and encourages students of all skill levels while exploring acrylic paint, collage, abstract expression, sketching and concepting.  Sarah infuses art appreciation with instruction, discussion and interaction.  Example courses include: abstract art, drawing and […]

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is to support an orchestra for the people of East Tennessee by upholding the highest standards in musical performances and educational programs. The KSO consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 programs each season. The Music & Wellness Program explores the benefit of live music for […]

Elizabeth Sanford

Elizabeth Sanford is a Nashville native who grew up exploring the neighborhood woods; now she creates visual fairy tales inspired by woodland walks and childhood memories. In addition to a long career at Watkins College of Art, Elizabeth has more than thirty years of experience teaching adult community education classes in watercolor, color theory, mixed media, […]

Nichole Schappert

My experience as a Teaching Artist encompasses a broad range of pedagogy, tailored for various ages. I have held workshops with Middle and High School learners and currently instruct University and College students. I believe quality and affordable education is a right. I strive to promote lifelong learning and education equality. My practice involves accessibility […]

Thandiwe Shiphrah

Thandiwe Shiphrah is a multidisciplinary teaching artist who writes for print, performance, and electronic media. She is a recipient of the TN Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature and her poems have been published online, in print journals and anthologies, and through public transit projects in two cities. For more than 25 years, Thandiwe […]