The Kaleidoscope Story Time Series is one of many virtual programs offered by the Gallagher Bluedorn for classroom teachers, students, and homeschool populations. This project allows the Gallagher Bluedorn to remain connected to our Kaleidoscope audience throughout the state of Iowa, offering relevant arts experiences.
The Kaleidoscope Story Time Series features Iowa artists and community members as storytellers for children’s books. The recorded read-alouds will also include reflection questions and interactive elements.
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MEET OUR STORYTELLERS
Joel Waggoner is a writer, performer, and musician formerly based in New York City. He appeared on Broadway in School of Rock and Be More Chill, and is the co-creator of Joel & Julia's Carol Collection which was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Ben Platt. He is an alumni of UNI where he received degrees in Voice and Violin.
Originally from Iowa and with 15 years of work in early childhood arts enrichment under her belt, Cassie honed her craft over the past 8 years in the NYC area and is now in high demand as a music, yoga, art, and movement specialist. She specializes in teaching infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Always striving to be a nurturing, energetic teacher and performer, Cassie facilitates inclusive experiences that are imaginative, musical, collaborative, and joyful for children and parents alike.
Akwi Nji is a multidisciplinary artist and writer whose collaborative partners include Emmy-award winning composers and nationally-renowned dancers and choreographers. She creates in words, performance, and visual art. She is a former Iowa Arts Council Fellow, founder of The Hook, and her work and words have appeared on stage from California's Wine Country* to New York's Fashion Week.
Christina Farrell brings her professional opera and theatre background into classrooms to make learning come alive. As a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, she has taught arts integration lessons across the U.S., as well as Singapore, India and South Korea. She recently founded Throughline Arts with the goal of supporting Iowa's teaching artists and advocating for the importance of creative learning and teaching.