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Dayton Metro Library’s Arts Club

An immersive, virtual arts experience for middle and high school students

Join us for a unique opportunity for after-school arts experiences delivered straight to your device! Professional teaching artists will help you explore your creative side. Pick your favorite discipline and join us for Dance on Tuesdays, The Creative Process on Wednesdays, or Drawing on Thursdays -- or broaden your experience and enjoy all three! It’s free and no registration is needed.

Get an Arts Club Kit

A limited number of optional supply kits for each discipline will be available. To reserve a kit for pickup at your nearest Branch Library, please call Programming Assistant Eric Wirick at 937.496.8856.

How to Watch

A new Arts Club video will be posted at 4:30 each week, October 6 - 29. Watch on DML’s Facebook page, our YouTube channel, or here on our site. Past videos can be viewed anytime.


October 6 - 27 at 4:30pm

Stivers School for the Arts Dance Director DeShona Pepper Robertson will introduce you to new skills, genres, and creative opportunities through the power of dance. The optional Dance Supply Kit includes a dance terminology glossary, ribbon and journal. You can download your own copy of the Dance Dictionary here.

DeShona Pepper Robertson
DeShona Pepper Robertson (Dance) began her dance training at the Ruth Page Foundation, and later as a student at Barat College Conservatory of DePaul University in Chicago, IL, her hometown. In 1992, DeShona became a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), which proved to be an artistic match for her. She emerged as a principal dancer for DCDC where her performance career spanned twelve years. Robertson received training from some of the most famous choreographers and teachers in the field. She performed in theatres across the U.S. including the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Joyce Theatre, New York, NY; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival. In 1998, she received the Josie Award for outstanding dancer, created by the late Jeraldyne Blunden, DCDC founder. Robertson currently holds the position of Dance Director at Stivers School for the Arts.

Robertson is the recipient of several grants, has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Stivers, and was a part of the innovative and composing team for Ohio State Standards in Dance Curriculum. Robertson enjoys traveling nationally to instruct dance residencies and holds an MA in Education, a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Business Marketing. ‘Ms. DeShona’ loves the Lord, worships at the Omega Baptist Church and lives in Dayton with her husband and son.


October 7 - 28 at 4:30pm

Poet, producer, activist, educator and entrepreneur Sierra Leone will introduce you to new skills and experiences that can get your creative juices flowing and help you find your own artistic voice. The optional Creative Process Kit includes a journal. You can download your own copy of the Creative Process Journal here.

Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone (The Creative Process) is a healer, teaching artist, and entrepreneur who captivates audiences with her unassuming ingenuity, profound insight, and comedic sense of "knowing." Sierra has acquired her MA and MBA, and is a recipient of the Ohio Governor’s Award for her poetry. She has done commissioned work over the years for many local and national organizations.

Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, Dayton’s hub for urban creative artists. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefited from her vision of urban creative arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides. Her work with youth arts organizations, schools, community organizations, and regional businesses has been ongoing through her company's educational arm, Signature Educational Solutions. She continues to directly impact and empower women daily through I Am Moon Power. Anyone who is need of Sierra’s power of healing is able to experience it through her most recent venture, Acacia Health and Wellness, a business that offers handmade sage sprays and essential oils. Though Sierra’s multifaceted life requires enormous time and energy, it allows her to strive to forever innovate the nature of healing, art, and community.


October 8 - 29 at 4:30pm

Central State University Drawing Professor and nationally acclaimed visual artist Dwayne Daniel will introduce you to new skills and creative expression through drawing. The optional Drawing Supply Kit includes charcoal, paper, and erasers. Class PDFs: the Golden Ratio - Proportions

Dwayne M. Daniel
Dwayne M. Daniel (Drawing) is both a painter and graphic designer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. He was born in Eastman Georgia, the second child of Mr. George W. and Mrs. Sadie L. Daniel. At age 11, the family moved from the small Georgia town to the inner city of Dayton, Ohio. The move gave Daniel a unique perspective on the many influences that affect who we become and how we are perceived. Contrast between the experiences profoundly influences his artwork today.

Daniel is a graduate of Dunbar High School. He graduated with honors from Central State University and received his MFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University and for 9 years served as coordinator of the fine arts component of the Central State University Center of Excellence, as declared by the Ohio Board of Regents. He is the recipient of many art awards, and was selected as a 2011 Top Ten African American Male for Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. In 2013, he was honored as a Dayton Skyscraper (An African American Visual Artists Tribute to African American Heroes of Dayton). In 2017 he was among the inaugural inductees into the Paul Laurence Dunbar Alumni Wall of Fame.

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The optional Supply Kits enhance your at-home arts experience, but are not required for participation. To reserve a kit for pickup at your nearest Branch Library, please call Programming Assistant Eric Wirick at 937.496.8856.

Thanks to Our Sponsors: Doug and Sharon Scholz and the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation provided funding for engaging arts experiences at Dayton Metro Library. At a time where we can't gather in person, we appreciate their support to be able to offer these virtual experiences. Thanks also to the State Library of Ohio, who provided funding through their CARES Act grant for technology to deliver this program virtually.

Thanks also to talented musical accompanists: Kevin Anderson, DJ Basim, Bernadette O'Connor


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