WordPlay expands programming team with three new staff members

NORTHSIDE - The team at WordPlay Cincy continues to grow. The seven-year-old nonprofit focused on building literacy through the arts recently hired Amy Tuttle as Director of Programming, Mia Vera as Program Coordinator and Spring Starr Pillow as Lead Teaching Artist. The new hires complete a robust programming team that will oversee and execute WordPlay’s free creative workshops offered in Northside, as well as with partner schools and at partner organizations.

Tuttle has supported local and international efforts in creative arts programming for the past 10 years. She has led professional trainings around the world and offered creative arts workshops to local organizations. Tuttle, who earned an MA in Community Arts: Arts in Transformation, has also worked closely with local nonprofits including Indigo Hippo, Price Hill Will, Baker Hunt, Imago Earth Center, Cincinnati Arts Association, Pones Inc. and Grailville.

“I'm excited to support the mission of WordPlay to infuse Cincinnati with art-making, expression, and community-building,” Tuttle said. “I see my role as providing support to strengthen the amazing efforts of WordPlay's staff and teaching artists as we deepen our work in the region.”

Program Coordinator Mia Vera started with WordPlay as a teaching artist, facilitating integrated arts programs at elementary schools and leading a workshop in playwriting at WordPlay’s Northside writing center. As Program Coordinator, Vera works closely with WordPlay partner school Chase Elementary to expand and deepen the impact of integrated arts programs. She also coordinates WORDlab, an after-school reading intervention program at the school.

“I see my biggest job as sharing my love of reading and storytelling with the kids,” Vera said. “If even one kid leaves WordPlay enthusiastic and empowered to share their story with the world, it's a job well done.”

Like Vera, Spring Starr Pillow also started as a WordPlay teaching artist before joining the staff as its first-even Lead Teaching Artist. This position is designed to lead WordPlay’s integrated arts programs at the junior high and high school levels and help manage WordPlay’s growing teaching artist program. Pillow, a singer-songwriter and actress, graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance and holds Masters credits from the University of Cincinnati in Education and Counseling.

“I am blessed and thankful to be a part of such an impactful, team as I begin my journey as Lead Teaching Artist,” Pillow said.

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices. WordPlay’s creative workshops are free to Cincinnati’s young people thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. For more information about WordPlay or to make a donation, please email info@wordplaycincy.org or visit www.wordplaycincy.org/donate. A full listing of WordPlay's staff can be found here.


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