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MINA BLYLY-STRAUSS is a local media artist and educator specializing in creation and instruction in video and film production and digital photography. She holds degrees in Filmmaking, Media Arts Education, and Differentiated Instruction and has had her artwork exhibited in venues including Intermedia Arts and the Walker Art Center here in the twin cities and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in NYC. Ms. Blyly-Strauss has been teaching in community and school settings for the past decade, working with students ages three through adulthood in workshops, daily classes, and staff development sessions. She believes that all people have important stories to share with the world and that digital media provide powerful tools that students can learn how to use to share these stories with others. 

KEITH BRAAFLADT is graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Keith leads local classes and workshops in schools and in local and national libraries. At the Science Museum of Minnesota, he works with a team of creative staff who develop, design and integrate science content and learning into workshops, classes and online media that combine science, art and technology. Keith takes the "by whatever means necessary" approach to his own work through photography, programmable kinetic sculpture and interactive narrative.

COLLEEN BRENNAN has taught Animation classes at the Perpich Arts High School for seven years and has worked with students with varying levels of experience on stop-motion, Adobe Flash and Sketch animation projects. Colleen is also a Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota and works with teachers to create animation curriculum for their classrooms. Animation is one of Colleen's favorite mediums to work and play in because the possibilities are endless!

Terrell Woods A.K.A. CARNAGE "The Executioner" & Carnage XXXL, is widely recognized for his mind-numbing lyrical dexterity, boundless energy on stage, and uncanny ability to compose musical symphonies with his mouth through beat boxing. When asked to define his "style", Carnage is often quoted rattling off the description, "Immorally hand-woven catastrophe tapestry orally attached to beats". He teaches both private and group beat boxing lessons to youth in community and school settings, extensively covering the fundamentals of beat boxing while adding in components of basic rhyme/rap-writing structure. Carnage is a catalyst in the development of creative and positive modes of self-expression that strengthen strong leadership skills. Nominated for a Minnesota Music Award for 'Best Hip Hop Artist/Group' in 2006 for his work as beat boxer for female Hip Hop/Spoken Word Artist, Desdamona, (together the two go by the name of "Ill Chemistry"), Carnage is a father as well as a freelance social worker, mentor, community volunteer, motivational speaker and counselor to youth and adults. Carnage holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University.

DESDAMONA is an international, award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sound and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry’s most illustrious stages. Desdamona has had the pleasure of opening up for distinguished artists including Wyclef Jean, GURU, Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Black Uhuru/Sly & Robbie, Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, KRS ONE and Rhymesayers Artists. She has also shared the stage with other influential Hip Hop artists including Canada’s Eternia and bgirl Rockafella. Desdamona has worked in over 200 schools throughout the Midwest, conducting workshops and as artist in residence, working with more than 10,000 students in public, private and alternative schools as well as colleges and universities. She has also worked in residencies and workshops in Stillwater Prison, Shakopee Prison, Red Wing Juvenile Facility and the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis MN.

MELODY GILBERT is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced non-judgmental, character-driven stories for film and television for more than 20 years. The Documentary Channel calls her "one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema." She has made five independent feature-length documentaries in the past seven years: FRITZ: THE WALTER MONDALE STORY (2008), URBAN EXPLORERS: INTO THE DARKNESS (2007), A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN (2005), WHOLE (2003) and MARRIED AT THE MALL (2002). All of her films have screened at major film festivals, in theaters and on television worldwide, including the Sundance Channel and on dozens of television networks internationally such as TF5 (France), YLE (Finland), RTL (Germany) and more. Melody produces, directs, and shoots (and sometimes edits) all of her films. As an executive producer and professor at Carleton College, she worked with film students to create the documentary DISCONNECTED in 2008.

JOHN GWINN is Project Co-coordinator of the New Media Pathways program at Migizi Communications in Minneapolis. He was also  Founder and Director of Phillips Community Television (PCTV), and has taught youth media at  El Colegio Charter School, American Indian OIC, Minnesota Transitions Charter School, Minneapolis Television Network, Intermedia Arts, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, Skills For Tomorrow and the Walker Arts Center. His film IN THE GARDEN was the winner of the  2008 Minneapolis Mosaic Film Commission.

MICHAEL HAY is an artist living in Minneapolis, and Youth Programs Director for Intermedia Arts. He directed the development and operations of the Phillips Community Television after-school/summer program for ten years. He received an MFA in film and video production from the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he taught art and media at the Boys and Girls’ Club of Chicago and at Archi-Treasures. He has also taught youth media classes at the Walker Art Center, El Colegio Charter School, and a number of other schools throughout the Twin Cities. 

BRANDY HYATT was raised on the south side of Minneapolis, MN. She a current student at Augsburg College majoring in Film Production. Brandy has been heavily involved in youth programming. She originally was a participant at Phillips Community Television from 7th grade through 12th grade. During this time, she also taught video production to elementary students for an arts summer program. Once She graduated from high school, Brandy continued to volunteer during her college years. Brandy has a background in video production, web design, and computer programming. Currently, Brandy is an Marketing Intern at Intermedia Arts and will finish her Bachelor's of Arts in Film in May 2011.

"ILL CHEMISTRY" combines Desdamona's soulful, complex & thought provoking lyrics with Carnage's cleverly-executed, multi-angular beatbox skills and occassional off-the-wall rhyming to deliver a raw sound in an energetic & engaging live Hip Hop show that has traveled throughout the Midwest and East Coast! Ill Chemistry was born in 2005 and in 2006 the duo was nominated for the MN Music Award for Best Hip Hop Group. This dynamic duo has shared stages with Guru, Members of Mint Condition, Medusa & Pam the Funkstress, and Eyedea & Abilities. Both Desdamona & Carnage have solo projects that came out Summer of 2007 and Ill Chemistry collaborations are featured on both of the new releases!

LATISHA "TISH" JONES is a Spoken word Artist, Activist, Educator, and Organizer based out of St. Paul, MN. Recognized for her work by local publications, Jones was named one of the City Pages “Artists of The Year” along with mention in the Star Tribune as an “Artist on the Verge” in 2007. In 2009, Jones received a VERVE grant for spoken word poets from Intermedia Arts. Co-producer and host of “Tha Remix” open mic series in north Minneapolis, Jones has performed on many stages, both locally and nationally as both an Independent Artist and as a member of a Minnesota state slam team in 2006. Also, the founder, executive, and artistic director of a developing non-profit arts organization, TruArtSpeaks, Jones teaches performance art and creative writing in schools throughout the Twin Cities area as well as in prisons and other facilities with youth programming.

KEVIN KALLA  works at the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network where he coordinates two wonderful programs: Set It Up and the Youth Intern Program. Kevin has lived in Minnesota since 2001, but spent the first sixteen years of his life traveling overseas. He moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College, where he majored in Communications and studied the intersection between critical theory and the media. Between starting as an AmeriCorps member at SPNN in 2005 and becoming Youth Programs Coordinator in 2010, Kevin has worked as a freelance video producer, taught youth media classes, and developed a youth program at a not-for-profit community bike shop. Outside of work, Kevin's interests include photography, cooking, bike camping, and sea creatures.

ROBERT FARID KARIMI is an interdisciplinary playwright/poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. A National Poetry Slam Champion, and a Def Poetry Jam poet, he has been performing for over 20 years. His performances have fed audiences across the Americas in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, bookfairs in Guadalajara and even off Broadway. A UCLA graduate, Karimi recently received as a 2009 Creative Capital award to create The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades: Diabetes of Democracy, an interactive cooking show that will focus on Type 2 Diabetes in communities of color. Teaching for longer than his hands can count, specifically theater & literature, he shares his knowledge in schools from K-18. His favorite place to go hiking is Yosemite National Park, and he hopes to go to his parents’ homelands (Iran & Guatemala) next year. He has made Minneapolis his home for 5 years.

KATRINA KNUTSON was born in south Minneapolis and raised on working class ethics, radical politics, street art and hip-hop. She has lived in many other cities studying art and looking for inspiration under bridges, on the streets, and in galleries across North America, from Mexico City to Toronto, and quite a few places in between. but has always returned to Minneapolis. Katrina has been active painting in and organizing for B Girl Be, festival of women in hip-hop, the first international festival focussed on the skills of women active in all four elements of hip-hop. Held in Minneapolis at Intermedia Arts since 2005.She has been teaching art workshops and classes to youth across the metro for the past 5 years at places including Intermedia Arts, The Walker, The Loft, El Colegio, Loring Nicollet, Uptown Academy, Bloomington Public Schools, Dakota County Library and Community Centers on the North and South side of Minneapolis. She also works with disabled adult artists at Interact Visual and Performing  Arts  Center as a painting and drawing instructor.

AMANDA LUKER is a web designer and developer living in Minneapolis. She works for Advomatic.com, making websites for nonprofit organizations, and is a founding member of Free Geek Twin Cities, a technology refurbishing and education community organization. She has taught web and game programming classes for youth at Phillips Community Television and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

JESSIE ROELOFS currently serves as Youth Programs Coordinator for Intermedia Arts. She is a filmmaker working in Minneapolis and has many years of experience working with young people in the arts. Ms. Roelofs graduated from Augsburg College in 2008 with a degree in Communications. She teaches film and video to young people in schools, libraries, and in Intermedia Arts' in-school, after-school, and summer youth programs. 

AMY SACKETT graduated with a B.F.A in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has studied at Tisch School of the Arts in NYC.  In her 15 year span as a professional dancer, Amy has performed and had her choreography featured locally, nationally, and internationally. She has opened for hip-hop acts including Bow-Wow, Mario, Ashanti, Talib Kwalei, DJ Funk Master Flex and Dead Prez. In 2003 she had the honor to work and perform with Hip-Hop Heroes and Innovators at the Walker Arts Center.  There she had the privilege to learn from hip-hop dance legends and originators The Electric Boogaloos and vice president of the Rock Steady Crew, PopMaster Fabel.  Inspired by their passion for “true school” hip-hop culture, she became committed to passing along her “from the source” knowledge of hip-hop history, and she dedicated her time to investigating the original styles of hip-hop dance.  She co-founded the hip-hop dance company Collective with whom she currently choreographs, performs, and teaches. Amy believes hip-hop culture, as a whole, gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most. 

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