Several years ago I decided to stop taking pictures and instead let photography take me. Through this experience, the camera became a vehicle that has allowed me to fully immerse myself in the lives of the subjects I cover. I am honored to pass down my knowledge and to the next generation of visual storytelling. Sean O’Connor is an award-winning visual storyteller, photographer and contributor to a Northwest Regional Emmy Award project. Sean’s creative work is dedicated to capturing socially responsible stories and educating youth in media arts. He offers iPad-based filmmaking workshops to 6-12th grade students and adults. He lives in the Columbia River Gorge with his wife and two children and is in constant pursuit of wilderness experiences in his spare time. Sean owns StoryGorge, LLC to develop film-based project and works collaboratively with Arts in Education of the Gorge in media arts education.
As a teaching artist, my goal is to lead students through the experiential process of making, inspiring them to investigate, inquire, and question the world around them. I strive to nourish collaborative conversation and skills sharing to inspire group and individual inquiry and discovery while drawing inspiration from the ecosystem in which I exist. Chloë works with K-12 students and adults throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chloë teachers with Right Brain Initiative, Young Audiences and Wild Craft Studio School in Portland and Arts in Education of the Gorge.
Shelley Toon Lindberg
As a teaching artist, my aim is to engage students in inquiry through visual and media arts. I love working with students of all ages to explore interdisciplinary connections, environmental awareness, and intercultural understanding, while asserting that we all have something of value to express through the arts. Shelley is based in Hood River, Oregon. She teaches K-12 students and trains classroom teachers in arts integration practices in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts, Education and Communications at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Her visual art pieces appear in public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Shelley serves as the Executive Director of Arts in Education of the Gorge.