Canceled due to COVID-19. Watch for a future date. On Saturday April 18th, the following individuals will share TEDtalk-like presentations about their artistic disciplines and creative passions.
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Duane Calkins, Guitar Luthier and President of Woodshop Rocks. For nearly two decades Woodshop Rocks has been teaching the value of shop programs to middle school and high school students nationwide. With Woodshop Rocks’ unique approach to an age old subject, woodshop classes across the U.S. are buzzing with engaged students practicing classic shop concepts and techniques on what will become their very own electric guitars. Over the course of a school year, kids of all skill levels apply their math and science lessons in real-world applications while fostering their self-confidence in a craft, and pride in an instrument that they have created for themselves. Bring Woodshop Rocks to your campus and experience the true value of this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Calkins lives with his wife in Roseville, California.
Milton Coronado, was born and raised in the south side of Chicago. At the age of 3 his parents accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and they became members of the South Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church. Sadly, just two later his mother passed from a health complication. Carrying that pain and the abuse from his step-mother, he dove into a life of self-destruction during his teen years. Forward to the age of 21, his father was then tragically murdered by a group he once called family. God was with hm however. At 22 Milton accomplished a BFA from the American Academy of Art. He has also studied Education and Divinity. He is a published author and artist, a public speaker, and known street artist. He has worked as a caricature artist, Dean at Broadview Adventist Academy, Associate Pastor of the Hinsdale Fil-Am SDA Church in IL, and a teacher in the south side of Chicago where in 2019 he was awarded the City-Wide Hero Teacher Award. He is also a co-creator of a non-profit art group called Gospel Graffiti, where he and others implements art and service for uniting communities and transforming lives. For more on Milton Coronado follow him on Instagram @milt1coronado.
Alan Lacy is an award winning filmmaker who is passionate about the natural world. His fascination with the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, and his desire to do something to help, spurred him on to produce his first film about the endangered species. Since those beginnings in 2011, Alan has tracked the Mexican gray wolf from a captive breeding program through release into the wild, and brought his love of photography and storytelling to document the efforts of men and women dedicated to restoring these magnificent apex predators to their natural habitat. Alan has been enthralled with wildlife since childhood, and worked to make the world a better place for both nature and man. Coming from a background in aviation and business, he adapted his skills to the world of wildlife filmmaking, and simultaneously fell in love with it. His first film, “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” is an award winning documentary that has screened internationally. Now, he has set his sights even higher with his next wildlife film, currently in development. Alan lives with his wife and four footed fur-kid in Portland, Oregon, is often out exploring the wild Cascades of Washington and Oregon.
Jonny Wilczynski was born in Seattle, Washington, but he claims Burleson, Texas as his home. He has a B.A. in Marketing From Southwestern Adventist University and an MDiv from Andrews University. He is an officer of a nonprofit ministry called Enspire Productions, focused on empowering those with creative talents. Jonny has been married to his best friend, Stephanie, for five years, but he says it feels like they’re still dating. They reside in Dallas, Texas, where he works for the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church as a youth pastor.
Stephanie Wilczynski grew up in Keene, Texas. She has an M.A. in English from Andrews University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She is part of a nonprofit ministry called Enspire Productions, focused on empowering those with creative talents. Stephanie has been married to her best friend, Jonny, for five years. They reside in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches religion at Burton Adventist Academy.