The East Side Arts Council is committed to bringing Artists to schools to increase passion for the Arts for future generations.


East Side Arts Council is honored to work with the following literary, visual, and performing teaching artists, who provide quality arts programming for our after school programs. Throughout the year, we place teaching artists in contract teaching positions in after school programs at schools and recreation centers, as well as in our summer programming. The artists in this roster have been chosen through an interview process based on both their artistic skills, their ability to teach students and their experience and passion for working with inner city youth on the East Side.

Throughout the school year, ESAC places teaching artists in contract teaching positions during school, creating arts programming that connects directly to the curriculum being taught in the classrooms.

Artists currently involved in our programs:

Tamina Muhammed: Visual Arts Follow on IG @taminafunfaces

Tamina Muhammad is an illustration artist and face painter who studied illustration at Pratt Institute in Manhattan, N.Y. She was born in East Orange New Jersey and has been in the Twin Cities with her family for 3 years. Tamina has been drawing since childhood and is inspired by the world around her. Her work is a reflection of her multi-cultural heritage. She draws influence from motherhood, her native ancestry, as well as her time in the Southwest. She works with watercolor, acrylic, Prism markers, colored pencil, ink paints, handmade Moroccan inks, and saffron.

Tamina will be our lead artist with Artmobile again this Summer!

Juan Parker: Visual Arts

Art has always been a part of him since he was a child born and raised in North Minneapolis. He attended North High School from 1973 to 1976-worked hard and took extra credit classes to graduate a year earlier. Being held back in elementary school was his motivation excel later on. He graduated from Hennepin Technical School with a degree in Commercial Art. He has freelanced for several small businesses, painted murals, taught classes to young children, adults, and senior citizens. His art has been a feature in the Art In The Hollow in the Nature Park in East Saint Paul, Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis, small coffee shops in South Minneapolis, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl in Lowertown for many years.

Juan currently teaches visual arts classes with our Creative Connections for Seniors program.

Diane Jarvenpa: Poetry/ Creative Writing

Diane is a multi-talented musician, composer, poet, writer, and teacher. She has studied kantele and Finnish folk music at the Sibelius Academy. And she has been the recipient of artistic grants and awards including a McKnight MacPhail performing fellowship and awarded Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year. In 2010 she was the recipient of a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund from the Minnesota State Arts Board to teach kantele in the town of Cokato, MN. She has also received a writing fellowship grant and an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has performed all across Finland, in France with the great Occitan musician Patric, in concert for Hawaii Public Radio, at colleges and Universities in the United States and Canada. Jarvi's newest CD bittersweet, an artvesting project through the New Bohemian Arts Cooperative,  gathers together music from her Finnish heritage; waltzes, tangos, songs from the Kalevala and Finnish-America as well as music of  the kantele—the Finnish folk harp. An award-winning poet under the name Diane Jarvenpa, Jarvi has five books of poetry. Her new book, The Way She Told Her Story, from New Rivers Press, tells stories of the immigrant experience. All of her recordings blend the artistry of her songwriting with her love of world music and poetry.

She is teaching poetry through our Creative Connections for Seniors program this summer!

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE (Adam Rangel): Spoken Word

This award winning hip hopper is a Twin Cities Native, Chicago transplant, MC, Poet, Producer, Engineer, Educator, Visual Artist, Actor, Thinker, Lover and one heck of a cook. He received a 2013 VERVE Grant from Intermedia Arts, a 2017 Cedar Commission from The Cedar Cultural Center, and was a semi-finalist of the Saint Paul Challenge for the Million dollar idea to make Saint Paul Great. SEE MORE is currently on the TruArtSpeaks and COMPAS Arts MN artist rosters in addition to East Side Arts Council teaching rap, spoken word, hip hop music production, and social justice. He serves on the board of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, where he is excited to continue to find new ways to connect with and contribute to Minnesota’s art and music scenes. SEE has done years of youth work through hip hop and spoken word dealing with social justice, identity, and community engagement issues, has performed at countless venues and festivals and spoken at and facilitated workshops at various social justice conferences and retreats. SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE aims to inspire, uplift and open doors to possibility and imagination with an invitation to self discovery through meditations on community, history, and the expression of pure imagination. He has shared stages with the likes of Brother Ali, Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Michael Franti, Atmosphere, De La Soul, The White Stripes and many more.

He will be teaching Spoken Word to teens at the Juvenile Detention Center this Summer through our ArtsYes Program!

Leanna Browne: African Dance

She teaches a very popular Umfundalai dance (a pan-African contemporary dance technique) class combined with African dance history at Maxfield Elementary. Through this class, she covers dance techniques from multiple countries and cultures within the African continent.

Mayumi Amada: Mixed Media

Born and raised in rural Japan and always loved art but struggled to access education in it until she came to the U.S. for college. She then changed paths and dedicated herself to her arts education. She has been a very active and successful visual artist since then; showing her work locally, nationally, and internationally including a solo exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art. She has also taught with ESAC for years and keeps coming back every summer. Her philosophy is that teaching is learning and she finds much inspiration from the creative kids on the East Side.

She will be teaching with Artmobile again this Summer!

Daniel Rosas: Break/Hip Hop Dance, Visual Arts Follow on IG @fine_art_devil

Daniel is an exciting new addition to our roster this year. He is a professional dancer, performer, and visual artist who has participated in the Twin Cities dance scene through many projects and events such as  Drop the Mic and Passport to Dance. He has been a part of groups such as D.E.A.D.P.O.O.L, TC Omega Zulu, and 1st Avenue Breakers which performs during MN Timberwolves and Lynx halftime shows. He has received multiple awards including the COMPAS Teaching Artist Award 2017 and the Midwest Starz Rising Star Champion silver/gold 2016.  Connecting with his students is the core philosophy of his mentorship and teaching work.

He will be teaching with Artmobile this Summer!

Yang Moua Yang: Visual Arts

Yang will be returning as a guest artist with Artmobile this Summer!

Peter Morrow: Music

Peter has worked with ESAC for years now teaching through artist residencies at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies as well as Artmobile. His focus ranges from songwriting, music composition, and even making your own instruments.

Peter will be teaching with Artmobile again this Summer!

Caroline Alkire: Visual Arts

Caroline is a collage artist based in Minneapolis, MN. she cuts up vintage magazines and books to create surreal, whimsical, and vibrant scenes. She is the newest addition to our roster of teaching artists - she will be interning and teaching with Artmobile this Summer!

Some of the artists previously involved in our programs:

Margaret Hasse: Creative Writing, Poetry

Dave Branch: Comic Book Making

Charlotte Rose-Tauer: Visual Arts Follow on IG @dearmamarose

Conor Burke: Visual Arts, Music Follow on IG @conor_burke

Julia Vang: Hmong Dance

Jannie Vang: Hmong Dance

Gita Ghei: Metal Arts

Lue Thao: Break and Hip Hop Dance

Cheng Xiong: Hip Hop Dance

Matthew Berdahl: Break Dance

Miriam Stoner: Visual Arts

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Sophea Ek: Photography                                     

Vin Lu: Breakdance and Hip Hop

Mica Lee Anders: Visual Art, Theater, Dance

Starri Hedges: Multimedia: Visual Art, Sculpture, Theater, Art for Healing

Obed Alvarez: Aztec drumming

Emily Isenberg: Visual arts, drawing, painting

Daniel Zimmerschied: Dance

Herbert Johnson: Hip-Hop Dance

Karla Nweje: African Dance

Jacqui Rosenbush: Multimedia Sculptor and Painter

Edna Stevens Jr.: Hip-Hop, Latin Dance, and African Dance, Visual Arts

William Harris: Spoken Word

Neal Beckman: Theater Arts

Sara Kelly: Hip Hop Dance and Visual Arts

Chia “Chilli” Lor: Spoken Word, Performance

Shakun Maheswhari: Visual Arts, Folk Arts, Photography
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Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay: Poetry, Playwright

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Christopher Yaeger: Dance, Theater

Marie Olofsdotter: Interdisciplinary, Painting, Poetry, Sculpture

Kalpulli YaocenoxtliMary Anne and Sergio Quiroz: Mexica Dance and Culture

Linda Bruning: Theater

Rita Mustaphi: Dance

Malia Burkhart: Playwriting, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater

Francis Kofi: Music, Dance

Joan Griffith and Ruth MacKenzie: Music

Teatro del Pueblo: Theater & Storytelling

Katha Dance Theater, Mukta Sathe: Kathak Dance

Afoutayi, Djenane Saint Juste: Haitian Dance

Dolina Polish Folk Dancers, Alina Jambor: Polish Folk Dance