Artists as Educators

Progressive Arts Alliance's artist-educators participate in regular training sessions and professional development programs to hone their skills in arts-integration curriculum and assessment design, classroom management and engagement, and strategies for critique in the classroom. Many of our artists perform or exhibit their work professionally on a regular basis throughout our community and beyond.

Five part-time artist-educators, two contract artist-educators, our Artist Development Coach, and Program Assistant all work directly with students involved in Progressive Arts Alliance programs.

Our artist-educators are responsible for many of our in-school and summer programs.

Allison Bogard began working with PAA in May 2014 as a Maker Corps member, and that fall transitioned into an artist-educator position. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in painting and literature in 2014. Allison has also taught mixed media and print making at the Beck Center in Lakewood, Ohio.  She currently shows her own work in various galleries specializing in landscapes, abstract painting and drawing, and printmaking. Allison works in the imaging and media studios at American Greetings as a prototyping artist.

Brienne Broyles specializes in 2D animation, illustration, and storytelling, and is one PAA’s artist-educators. Brienne graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in animation. She has worked with Cleveland’s Museum of Natural History, Institute of Art, and Institute of Music directing animation projects for 360 Degrees of Sight and Sound. Brienne is also an agent assistant for Tugeau2, an area firm representing up-and-coming illustrators. She is currently building her 2D animation and illustration portfolio in hopes of gaining representation in the genre of children’s literature.

Lynda Abraham specializes in sculpture, video, performance and installation art. She earned a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH) and a MFA from the Pratt Institute of Art (Brooklyn, NY) and participated in various artist residencies, including one at the Skowhegan School of Art. Lynda is affiliated professionally with several galleries in New York City and was represented by Exit Art and Dam Stuhltrager gallery. She recently received a grant to participate in Ingenuityfest in Cleveland, Ohio.

Amy Notely specializes in dance and movement at Progressive Arts Alliance. She earned her BFA in dance performance at the University Akron. Amy has received scholarships to STEPS on Broadway and the Nikolais/Lewis Dance Theater.  Amy has performed with multiple companies including: Do Jump Movement Theater, SAFMOD Performance Ensemble, Antaeus Dance, and Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater, where she was a founding company member.  Amy has taught with GroundWorks Dance Theatre, assisting with their middle school dance residencies, and recently performed professionally with R.A. Washington at Ingenuityfest in Cleveland, Ohio.