Gary Batson, Executive Producer
His fiction and poetry were published in City University Magazine, Fordham University literary Magazine, Thirst for Fire (a California-based literary magazine) and several anthologies. Mr. Batson received a Fellowship from The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute for acting, The Mayor’s Scholarship and the Model Cities Writing Award.
Lillian Smith (Board Member)
Ms. Smith launched two national television programs. In 1993, Ms. Smith accepted an offer to become the Executive Producer for Fox Television in Los Angeles, California to launch a new “talk show” featuring actress/comedian “Mo Gaffney,” as host. The show successfully launched on a national basis in September 1993.
Linda Baker, BA (Board Member)
In 1996 she began designing dolls following studies with other artists. She developed her own unique “fabric sculptures” by sketching them on paper, then creating three-dimensional forms. Although the fabric sculptures have no faces, Linda’s choice of fabric, and the manner in which she cuts across the printed African fabric gives each doll a character of its own. Each sculpture is hand- sewn maneuvered into position and embellished with beads, shells, baskets and synthetic locks for hair.
Each piece is unique and one of a kind. Locations where fabric sculptures have been sold and exhibited:
MOUNT VERNON, NY NEW ROCHELLE, NY YONKERS, NY NEW YORK, NY
ACBAW Art Gallery Poet’s Corner Will Library National Black Theatre
Janis R. McClain-Johnson (Board Member)
Attended WCC, Valhalla, NY for liberal, performing arts and business courses. WCC Art Workshops in Audio, Midi Music Technology, Modern Dance & Jewelry Making. 25+ years office management, computer applications. Landmark Forum Education graduate, many certificates in interpersonal and business related trainings and workshops. Disciplined in vocal music & harmony, modern and African American dance techniques. Musical band performance experience: The Whole Damn Family, Inner City Funk, South Road Connection, the 4 Sonnets. Has opened for well established artists. Co-writing credits and recording of an album. Dance at LaRoque Bey’s, Harlem, NY, as part of the Ki-Yeh-Bey Dance Troupe and presently studies with Bokandeye Dance Theater Co., Yonkers, NY and Isaac Center Beacon, NYC, NY. Janis is currently working with her own band as lead singer.
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