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Amp Up Arts Spotlight

Soynika Edwards Bush, Painter and Instructor

Soynika Edwards Bush is an award-winning, museum represented artist and instructor from Prichard, Alabama. Her painting work centers around Black representation through portraiture and working from found photographs. Bush touches on her teaching career saying, “I’m not an art teacher when I’m with my kids. I’m an art cultivator. I meet my kids where they are, and we grow from there. I feel that a kid’s imagination is more important than some may believe. We must allow them to create with no boundaries and see where and how far their minds may wander. I know that art is important to a kid’s development. They are to be free and create what they see and don’t see. Once we grow up, we must go and find that inspiration or find our imagination again. That’s the sad part about being a grown up. I love to see my kids escape from the world and just create.”

 Soynika Edwards Bush, Painter and Instructor

Amp Up Arts Spotlight

April Cumbie, Author/Illustrator and Instructor

April Cumbie is an author, illustrator, art advocate, and teaching artist based in Birmingham, Alabama. She says, “Arts education is important to implement amongst the youth to share the diverse outlets of talent and passion. Shedding light on different avenues of the arts in hopes of encouraging them to one day participate and enhance their everyday world due to their art exposure.”

 April Cumbie, Author/Illustrator and Instructor

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Mario Maitland, Founder, Maitland Conservatory

One of Creative Launchpad’s first arts integration partners was the Maitland Conservatory, started by Mario Maitland Jr. The Conservatory brings innovative and imaginative offerings to students across the greater Huntsville Metro region. As a teacher and educator, Mario has shared his knowledge and experience in both music and ministry through a variety of workshops such as The Importance of Music Education (Bob Jones High School 2006), The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship, Relationships 101, and The Role of the Choir Member, Pursuing your Dreams (Chapman Middle School), as well as classroom experience in teaching General Music, Orchestra, and Undergraduate Music Appreciation.

 Mario Maitland, Founder, Maitland Conservatory
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