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Harold Akyeampong

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: African Music and Dance

Harold Akyeampong is the president of the Ghana chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Norbert Yao Anouaze Beat

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: African Dance and Drumming

Norbert Yao’s energetic performances are exciting and filled with cultural details about his homeland, Cote d’Ivoire or the “Ivory Coast” of western sub-Saharan Africa.

Sifu Steven Baugh

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts

Steven Baugh grew up outside Los Angeles. When he was a young adult his grandfather, a Native American curandero (healer), introduced him to a Chinese doctor who became dedicated to teaching Steven traditional medicine and Kung Fu.

Dona Brown

Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Irish Dance and Music

Though born in America, Dona Brown’s family, heritage, and heart are in County Cork, Ireland. Her great grandmother, who was still teaching Irish dance at 95 years of age, set a life course for Dona by teaching her to do a jig when she was about five years old.

Xian Na "Sonia" Carlson

Location: Gardnerville, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Chinese Dance and Culture

Sonia Carlson began learning folk dances as a child growing up in Zhangzhou, China. From her aunt she learned the Tuan Shan, (fan dance), the Xin Jiang regional dance and Tai Ji forms. Those lessons sparked a lifelong interest in sharing Chinese culture through dance, music and the arts.

Supatra Chemprachum

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Thai Dance and Cultural Arts

Born in Thailand, Supatra Chemprachum moved to Las Vegas in 1986. She learned folk and classical Thai dances and how to teach them from her mother, who was a well-known performer in Bangkok.

Shirley Chen

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Chinese Folk Dance

Shirley Chen brings both traditional, informal training and formal education to her dance artistry. As a student enrolled in the National Taiwan University of Arts, she toured the United States in 1981 with the Taiwan Chinese Classical Dance Group.

Lisa Fields Clark

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: mosaics and mixed-media

After a 25-year career in graphic arts, Lisa Fields Clark shifted her focus toward fine arts, community outreach and arts facilitation. She holds a BS in Social Services/Business Management. Her primary focus in art is mixed media and mosaics, both contemporary and traditional.

Sue Coleman

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Washo Woven Baskets and Cultural Arts

Sue Coleman is one of the preeminent Washo basket weavers in Nevada. Her ancestors, like many Washo people, moved between Lake Tahoe in the summers and the Dresslerville/Carson Valley area in the winters. Sue was raised on the Dresslerville reservation.

Gypsy Cowbelle

Location: Thermopolis, Wyoming
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist

Music serves as the common thread that binds all of Gypsy Cowbelle’s life experiences. A professional performing artist for 13 years, Gypsy learned through the folk processes of oral transmission and example, rather than through formal or academic means.

Jim Eaglesmith

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Storyteller, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performance Artist ~ Storyteller

A Performance Artist & Storyteller, Jim Eaglesmith believes that the underlying truth within all Mythic cultures is contained in their music, dance & storytelling and that a return to these traditional values will help create a new paradigm of Cultural Creatives in the children of our tim

pete fairly

Location: Reno , Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: World Music Percussioniat

Pete is a World Rhythms Percussionist!

Yoko Fitzpatrick

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Koto Music and Japanese Traditions

Yoko Fitzpatrick is dedicated to passing on traditional Japanese arts that she learned from her family and perfected through years of practice. She taught hundreds of students to play the koto in Japan before moving to Las Vegas in 2000.

Andrew Fusco

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performing Arts

Andrew Fusco was raised in an Irish family near Albany, New York, where he attended Irish festivals, heard the local pipe bands play in parades each year, and began learning the pipes from members of the Albany Police Pipe Band.

Ixela Gutierrez

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Mexican Ballet Folklorico

As a young girl growing up in Mexico City, Ixela Gutierrez watched her older sisters dance and dreamed that she would do the same one day.

Shelley McCrosky Hartmann

Location: Walker Lake, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Glass Beadwork and other Hot Glass art

Shelley McCrosky Hartmann grew up on a ranch in Rose Valley near Pioche, Nevada. She grew up with ranching farming and hours spent riding the desert of Nevada on her horse.

Group: Mariachi Aguilas de America

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist

Mariachi Aguilas de America is dedicated to teaching mariachi music and the impact and influences of Hispanic culture in North America.

Rucky Moten

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Mehndi (Henna Body Art)

Rucky Moten was raised in Karachi, the largest city and cultural center of Pakistan. She uses henna to paint women’s hands and feet with traditional designs. This ancient art is called mehndi in the Urdu language.

Group: Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Folk Artist, Teaching Artist
Specialization: African Dance and Drum

Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching drum and dance influenced by the culture of West Africa. The ensemble of dancers and drummers are a diverse and unique group of men, women, and children.

Sylvia Robertson

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Ukranian Pysanky

Sylvia Robertson grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. Ukrainian was spoken in her home, and as a child she became fluent in both Ukrainian and English. She learned Ukrainian embroidery, egg arts, and other traditional arts from family members.

Rieko Shimbo

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Japanese Taiko Drumming

As a young girl growing up in Japan, Rieko Shimbo saw taiko music performed at many festivals. Her formal training commenced with participation in Araumaza, a professional taiko company based in Tokyo that performed folk music and dance in Japan.

Marlin Thompson

Location: Yerington, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Paiute Storytelling and Culture

Marlin Thompson, a Northern Paiute and member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe, grew up on the East Walker River, although his cultural knowledge and skills are not limited to the traditions of that region.

Mike Williams

Location: Fallon, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Paiute Culture and Tule Duck Decoys

Born and raised in Carson City, Mike Williams is a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.