Discipline(s): Music – Drumming, Hip-Hop
Bio: T.J. received his training from West African Drumming from Drum Master Blaise Zekalo from the Ivory Coast. T.J. is completing his studies for an undergraduate degree in Art Education. This is his first year as a VSAI Teaching Artist. T.J. has also taught poetry in the Marion County Juvenile Justice System. He was the co-recipient of the NUVO Cultural Vision Award for his work at the United States of Mind Community Center.
Philosophy: I believe personal expression is the key to a healthy mind. Everyone is capable of creating beautiful, honest art and music when he or she is self-confident and open-minded.