SASI EARTH CAMP FACULTY

THE  EARTH SCIENCE & ARTS TEAM

SASI EARTH CAMP FACULTY

SUMMER ARTS & SCIENCE INTENSIVE TEAM

 ARTS

JIMMY PAYNE JR.  GDT's Guest Artist

TEACHER, DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER
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 Jimmy Payne Jr.  GDT’s guest artist is a tap dance teacher, choreographer, and performer from Chicago. He began his tap dance lessons at Jimmy Payne School of Dance. His teacher and father were the legendary dancer, Jimmy Payne

Jimmy has performed at Chicago Jazz Festival, with jazz legend Von Freeman, Bill Russo and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, jazz great Orbert Davis at the Arts Club in Chicago, jazz singer Lawrence Walden, and with Bradley Williams 21st Century Jazz Review, whom he accompanied on a trip to India for a series of concerts. Critics have described Jimmy as "a tap classicist with a composers mind," (Chicago Sun Times) "the real deal," (Maui Times) and the Chicago Tribune referred to him as "smoking virtuosity." 

Jimmy also won an award from Black Theater Alliance for best performance in concert. He currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. Jimmy describes his style of tap as traditional tap rooted in rhythm and movement

CLAUDINE CHEATEM

SYDNEY FURGERSON

CULINARY ARTS, VISUAL ART, CONFECTIONARY ARTIST

AUTHOR, POET, PLAYWRIGHT

Sydney Furgerson a 2019 DMACC Culinary graduate, shares her passion for the Arts and Sustainability.  Her talents include being a dancer, stage manager, set design and more. Sydney will use her skills with recyclable objects for her SASI EARTH visual arts class. Campers will craft functional works of art- from bags to musical instruments. With Sydney you never know where it goes- they may even construct an Art visual piece, decorate cookies with an EARTH theme, or even Henna designs

Who is always excited to meet new young people and introduce them to acting? Me!!! 

I am Claudine Cheatem, a local playwright, self-published author, and poet so I have many ways to present the world of theatre and acting in a way that will make it fun and exciting. I have worked with students for the past 10 years in different capacities so I know that nothing will build one’s self-esteem as quickly as learning a new skill. The arts are a fantastic way to teach and learn a new skill. I believe the stage is as powerful and transformational as the pulpit. 

EARTH SCIENCE

KATHY BYRNES & ED FALLON

Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon are founders and directors of Birds & Bees Urban Farms, a nonprofit that focuses on educating the community about urban farming. Support to the farm helps them “seed the city” and reduce the impact of climate change
KATHY BYRNES
Teacher, writer, foodie, climate activist

 Kathy  Byrnes always kept a garden but wasn’t an actual farmer till she moved to “the big city” of Des Moines. Ed helped her learn to build soil with compost and manure from a variety of local sources - one being their very own chickens. Now Kathy is using her experience as a teacher, writer, foodie, and climate activist to help others learn to farm their yards.

ED FALLON

 Gentleman Farmer & Climate Activist

Ed Fallon's early-age and adult time in Ireland nurtured his love of farming. When he moved to Iowa, he found a home for his farmer’s heart. Ed’s deep respect for the Earth - what she provides us and all its inhabitants - is also evident in his climate activism. He currently directs two climate-focused nonprofits - Bold Iowa and Climate March, and he also a hosts a weekly talk show, The Fallon Forum.

https://birdsbeesurbanfarm.org

On the Water Rocks! Presenters will include Ann Staudt & Riley Wilgenbusch in partnership with Seth Watkins!

SETH WATKINS

Farmer- Building a Culture of Conservation

ANN STAUDT

Iowa State University
Asst. Director Iowa Learning Farms  Director of Water Rocks!

Seth Watkins is a fourth-generation steward of his family farm in Clarinda, Iowa. In 1994, he took over the family’s heritage farm, which was founded in 1846. Seth has a cow-calf enterprise of 600 and grows hay and corn for feed. Seth does a large variety of conservation practices, most of which were implemented after 1998. He believes in a culture of conservation, heconserves fossil fuel, protects the land, and works with nature to improve ecology; a trio of practices that contribute to the success of his farm. “Stewardship is what life’s all about,” he says. He practices Build a culture of Conservation by calling attention to the importance of water and soil quality through conservation farming practices . He ntegrates row crops with prairie strips, to learn more visit the STRIPs at Neal Smith website.

Ann Staudt brings her expert knowledge of the soil, farming, and conservation. Ann Staudt is an environmental engineer who actively blends scientific knowledge and creative expression through her work and teaching.  Staudt direct the award-winning Water Rocks! youth water education program. She has created several outreach programs for all ages across the state building bridges between technical approaches, scientific research, and farmers operating their businesses. They learn how to integrate soil health and water quality practices in their day-to-day farming. Her topics range from bio reactors to cover crops and earthworms- earning her the nickname of “The Worm Whisperer”!

RILEY WILGENBUSCH

Riley Wilgenbusch is a Water Resources Intern with Water Rocks!. He is a recent graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in agronomy, crop science, and global resource systems.  In August, Wilgenbusch will begin pursuing a masters degree in international public health at Johns Hopkins University.