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Artist in Residence Artists Roster: Literature

Lisa Arnold

Photo of Lisa ArnoldLisa Arnold is an experienced multidisciplinary mosaic artist who enjoys leading school/community art projects where participants work together to create mosaic murals and/or nature art in response to the written word.  Through her residency, Lisa empowers young artists to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by honing their visual, technical, and poetic abilities.  Students are encouraged to use their life experiences to create art, and art experiences to create their lives.  Lisa provides student with tools for art interpretation and creation and builds their capacity for expressing themselves in positive, productive, and creative ways - both inside and outside the classroom.
Lisa’s 20 years of experience in the arts and education, and doctoral studies in art, theater, and social change at the University of Minnesota have influenced her work as both a professional and teaching artist.  Lisa also works as a self-employed artist creating mosaic art, installation art, and theater.  Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Lisa Arnold, Minneapolis
Email:; Phone: (612) 724-0171
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B.J. Buckley

B.J. BuckleyB.J. Buckley is a poet and writer with over 30 years of experience in Artist-In-Schools programs throughout the Dakotas and the West. Her residencies emphasize a joyful process of writing as a way to discover both the external world and the internal landscape of the mind and heart. She encourages teachers to be active partners and collaborators in all residency activities. Buckley incorporates other art forms such as bookmaking, origami, illustration, and oral performance into her residencies, and makes an effort to introduce her students to the best work of writers in their region and across other cultures. All her activities support core curriculum in Language Arts. She has extensive experience working with Native American students, ESL and special needs students, and senior citizens. She is currently Poet/Writer in Residence at Sanford Cancer Center, Sioux Falls. Her poetry has won numerous awards and is widely published in text and on-line journals.

Professional Development:
Understanding the Common Core Standards – Great Falls, Montana - October 2012
Native American Ledger Art Workshop - First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park, Great Falls-Ulm, Montana - Aug. 18, 2012 and April 6, 2013

Grade levels: Pre-K-12, Adult
B.J. Buckley
Power, MT 50468
Phone: 406-467-2986

Professional Development: Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013.

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