Jane Hilton, Project Director & Producer

Jane was born and raised in Arizona, joined KBAQ as an on-air presenter in 2004, and now also produces arts stories, features and interviews for KBAQ. In addition to directing and coordinating the scope of the project, Jane also produced, scripted and edited all audio for story segments and online web presentation. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Arizona State University.

Liz Warren, Host & Co-Producer

Liz Warren, a fourth generation Arizona native, is a storyteller, teacher, and writer.  She is the director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Her storytelling textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling, was published in 2008. In addition to planning the scope of the project, Liz acted as consultant for final story edits and lent voice-over talent/scripting for segments. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University, and is a Humanities Scholar.

Annette Flores, KBAQ/KJZZ Public Relations Coordinator-Annette coordinated press releases, electronic media promotion and on-air promotions.

Betsy Fahlman, Scholar & Consultant

Betsy Fahlman is a Professor of Art History at Arizona State University, where she has taught since 1988. A specialist in American Art, she also has a strong interest in the art history of Arizona. She is the author of The Cowboy’s Dream: The Mythic Life and Art of Lon Megargee (2002), a book about Arizona’s original cowboy artist. He produced 15 murals for the State Capitol at statehood. It was the first major public funding for the arts in the state, and in May 1913 the Phoenix paper, the Arizona Republican, proudly declared: “Art Galore for the Capitol.” Her essay “Constructing an Image of the Depression: Aesthetic Visions and New Deal Photography in Arizona” appeared in Katherine G. Morrissey and Kirsten Jensen, eds. Picturing Arizona: The Photographic Record of the 1930s (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005). Her book, New Deal Art in Arizona, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2009, and chronicles federal art support in this Southwestern state during the Depression years. Most recently, she edited, Capitalizing on Arizona’s Arts and Culture, for the 98th Arizona Town Hall. She is working on a book on Arizona’s early women artists.

Richard Haefer, Scholar & Consultant

J. Richard Haefer is a musicologist and ethnomusicologist and taught for thirty-five years in the School of Music at Arizona State University where he now is a professor emeritus. He has also taught at the Escuela Nacional de Música, in Mexico City, Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, and has presented Gregorian chant workshops in Europe, Mexico, and the United States.

His research interests include North American Indian music and music instruments (including Mexican Indian cultures), organology, Colonial Mexican music and Gregorian chant. He is currently sub-editor for North, Central and South America for The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition and director of Schola Cantorum Santæ Crucis at Mater Misericordiæ Mission in Phoenix.

Carolyn Robbins, Scholar & Consultant

Carolyn Robbins is Curator of Education at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Prior to her responsibilities at SMoCA, she served for 12 years as Director of Education at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in art history from Arizona State University.

Ms. Robbins is co-author of the book Linda Carter Holman: the Evolution of a Self-Taught Painter (Red Shoe Studio, 2006). She curated the exhibition Lew Davis: The Negro in America and Other Major Paintings and wrote the catalog for the show. In addition, she guest curated the exhibition, In Celebration: A Century of Arizona Women Artists for the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, in 2005 and has published several articles in American Art Review.

She is past-president of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education and past-president of the Arizona Arts Education Association. In 2008, she was recognized with the Arizona AIA Award of Distinction for a non-architect who has played a vital role in furthering architecture’s visibility in the community. Ms. Robbins was selected as a 2010 nominee for the Governor’s Art Educator Award.

Wendy Weston, Specialist & Consultant
Born to Bilaagaana
Born for Kinlichii’nii

Wendy was born and reared in the Four Corners area of the Navajo Nation in the community of T’iisNazbas. Her interest in the arts started as a child when she was taught beadwork by her aunt. She developed a unique style of expression in glass beads and is a recognized artist.

She has devoted her career to advocating for Native artists and having the Native voice represented in public programs. She is a strong supporter of Native artistic expression, be it in traditional form or a progressive cutting edge genre. Her work has helped to increase the awareness of and respect for Native arts throughout the world. Wendy has worked with artists from tribal communities throughout North, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

Wendy spent several years as a roster artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where she conducted residencies in schools and communities throughout Arizona. She also worked as program coordinator for Atlatl, Inc., a national service organization for American Indian arts, where she coordinated national conferences serving the field of Native art and developed and presented workshops in marketing the arts in tribal communities throughout the US. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and has completed graduate coursework in Museum Studies and Cultural Anthropology.

Currently Wendy is the principal in her own consulting firm, Turquoise Rainbow resources, a Native owned consulting agency that assists in exhibit development, arts education, advocacy, and cultural projects throughout the world.

Johnny Kerr, Graphic Design

Johnny Kerr is a freelance artist, designer and photographer based in Youngtown, Arizona. Visit Johnny’s blog here.

Jason Poole, …ellipsis media
…ellipsis media was created in 2000, by Jason and Kimberly Poole. Working with multimedia since the late 80’s, the Pooles have decades of experience in the design and production of interactivity, animation, graphics, video, music and live-events.