Integrated Arts Curators
Tiffany Lipsett, PhD is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier in Dallas, Texas. She is also the Agricultural Arts Lead teacher and assists with the Atelier programs. Tiffany’s background and experience overlaps the arts, family/visual literacy, natural science, and science education. She has designed and facilitated a variety of arts-based and science programs for institutions in the North Texas area for more than a decade. Her research interest intersects curriculum and (multi)culture and culture (both visual and popular). She is passionate about bringing a unique educational experience to Dallas.
Erica Anzollitto is the Visual Arts lead teacher and the first Collaborative Resident Artist. She has been practicing art since 2010 and working with children since 2008 through after-school art programs. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Baylor University in 2012 and shortly after completed a fellowship with Yale University in Auvillar, France focusing on studio practices and techniques. Erica is currently earning her Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she hopes to develop methods for helping children learn empathy through creative mediums.
Alexandra Werle is the Performing Arts lead teacher and the Star Garden Playgroup Lead. She is a trained interdisciplinary theater artist. She is trained in acting, directing and conceptual design. She attended NYU, not only for the academics but also for their studio theater and art programs. While in the Tisch School of the Arts, she studied under working professionals in New York and around the world, sharing both their own training and their own pioneering developments in the current theater world with their students.
Sun Garden (ages 4-6)
Meagan Harris is the lead kindergarten teacher at Blackland Prairie, bringing with her almost 15 years of working with children in various settings. Meagan received her B.S. in Human Services from Louisiana State University, and her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Arlington in the Mind, Brain, and Education program. After college, Meagan worked as a behavioral therapist implementing individualized social, academic, and communication based programs with children who live with developmental disabilities. She spent six years as an inclusion specialist and co-teacher in grades PK-5 at a charter school. Meagan is passionate about developing social and emotional health within the classroom.
Moon Garden (ages 2.5-3)
Celia Hughes is the State Licensed Director and Lead Preschool Teacher at Blackland Prairie Conservatory and Atelier. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She has worked in early childhood and elementary education for seven years and has collaborated in both social studies and science curriculum development at the elementary level. Celia has extensive training in specific student group instruction such as gifted and talented, special education, and second language learners. She aims to create an atmosphere of inclusion through creativity, exploration and collaboration for all types of learners within her classroom. Celia is the co-founder of a Dallas area non-profit rowing organization which has been part of the East Dallas community for 16 years.