Education non-profit adds to roster of teaching artists, board members, staff


September 14, 2023 (Indianapolis, In) – Arts for Learning Indiana, a group that provides innovative education to schools, libraries and community centers using arts as the medium, added seven new teaching artists and performing groups to its roster of 50+ professionals for the fiscal year beginning July 1:

Headshot of Krystal Breakley

Krystal Breakley has trained and performed internationally as a competitive and professional dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She has decades of experience as a dance educator and mentor.

Matt DeLoughery leads STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education programs throughout Indiana, using art to empower youth to find and express their voices. He studied architecture at Ball State University and Arizona State University.

Headshot of teaching artist Kahlil Mwaafrika

Kahlil “The Djeli” Mwaafrika, adjunct faculty at IUPUI specializing in early childhood education, has more than two decades of experience working with children of all ages and their families, primarily as a teacher, counselor, director, and administrator. A Djeli is storyteller and Kahlil immerses his audience in the culture of Africa by sharing stories and lessons of antiquity.

Headshot of teaching artist Gina Lee Robbins

Gina Lee Robbins is a teaching artist who creates sculptural objects and installations. She has been stitching and working in clay for more than 30 years. Her sculptures are part of private and corporate collections worldwide. More at

Headshot of teaching artist Omar Rashan

Omar Rashan has a diverse background in design, print, technology, marketing, and community. He works in behavioral health and therapeutic arts and has found that there is an ability to transform pain into positive energy. More at

Image of 6-person group called Hot Horns

Hot Horns is a vibrant, award winning, internationally acclaimed, professional touring ensemble. They incorporate a trademark combination of various brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments performed by enthusiastic musicians with backgrounds in education. The group performs various genres of music from classical to jazz, rock to pop and more. More at

El Marimbaso, led by Marimba player Isaac Salazar, is a musical project created to perform traditional music from Colombia, Mexico, and Nicaragua, making use of the of the indígena wood keyboard, La Marimba.

In addition to teaching staff, Arts for Learning added to its board of directors and development staff:

Headshot of Arts for Learning board member Michael J. Case

Michael J. Case was voted onto the Arts for Learning Indiana board of directors for a three-year term beginning with fiscal year 2023-24. Having spent over 18 years as COO, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary at public companies in the property and casualty and financial services industry and having served as an Officer and Director for multiple private and non-profit entities, Mike has a depth of experience in corporate governance matters.

Headshot of staff member Lisa Waite

Lisa Waite joined the Arts for Learning Indiana staff in August as the Director of Donor Relations and Communications. After spending the first half of her career working for Fortune 200 and entrepreneurial companies, she now applies her skills in storytelling to her passion for non-profits and the audiences they serve.


About Arts for Learning Indiana: Since 1961, Arts for Learning Indiana has been the premier provider of arts education programs for youth across Indiana. Our programs empower youth and expand their learning through creative arts experiences. Arts for Learning employs more than 50 teaching artists who provide performances, workshops, and residencies to schools, libraries, and community organizations to reach nearly 40,000 youth every year. We also provide professional development designed to help classroom teachers and teaching artists effectively work together to integrate the arts into any educational environment. Arts for Learning is one of more than 30 affiliates of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s largest arts in education learning network. To learn more about Arts for Learning, visit

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