CULTURE KEEPERS ROSTER

Seamstress & Jewelry-Designer Ms. Jessie Thompson of Ms. Jessie’s Designs. Thompson is renowned across Marion County & beyond for her Afro-Centric clothing, headwraps, & intricate beadwork.

The Marion Voices Culture Keepers Roster is an living, media-rich index of folk, traditional, heritage, & cultural artists living in and around Marion County, Ohio. This first iteration of our roster is the culmination of Marion Voices’ 2019-2020 ArtsNEXT grant for transformative innovation from the Ohio Arts Council, and features cultural & traditional artists documented & interviewed as a part of our Marion Voices County-Wide Folk/Traditional/Cultural Arts Survey from January to mid-March 2020. We will be adding to the project as we continue to document more cultural artists in future fieldwork cycles (or whenever COVID-19 makes it safe to do so).

Our hope is that the Marion Voices Culture Keepers Roster acts not only as an innovative digital archive, to amplify the stories, histories, experiences, and expressive culture forms of Marion County’s wildly talented folk/traditional/cultural artists; but that it also serves as a business directory to help build livelihoods for cultural arts & cultural artists in Marion County. We have put fields on each cultural artists’ page indicating whether they sell goods, and if so, where; and whether they teach and/or take on apprenticeships.

The Marion Voices Culture Keepers Roster and the preliminary countywide folk/traditional/cultural arts survey that built it are the first step in Marion Voices’ work as Marion County’s new countywide folk/traditional arts and oral history program.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know your experience with the roster; and to send us any updates to help make it more usable for viewers far & wide!

Mr. Wayne Emery

Mountain Dulcimer & Harmonica

Prospect, Ohio

Ridgway Hatcheries

Heritage Family Poultry Hatchery

La Rue, Ohio

Marshall Starks

Hip-Hop Artist, Entertainer, Fashion Mogul, & Coach

Marion, Ohio

Bob Hill Prospect Stained Glass

Stained Glass & Antiques

Prospect, Ohio

Ms. Jessie Thompson Ms. Jessie’s Designs

Afro-Centric Clothing, Beadwork, & Designs

Marion, Ohio

Frank Lo House of Hunan

Taiwanese-American Foodways

Marion, Ohio

Rodney Robertson Pop’d Sensations

Gourmet Popcorn & Ice Cream

Marion, Ohio

Anthony Marks, Jr. + Jacque Marks Lion Hearted Entertainments

Comedy & Media Arts

Marion, Ohio

Barbara Reece Reece’s Market

Heritage Family Grocery Store

Caledonia, Ohio

Ms. Harriet Sims (R)

Gospel, R&B + Musical Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Kensel Clutter

Local History & Prairie Restoration

Marion + Kirkpatrick, Ohio

Pastor Jackie Peterson (R) Logos Christian Ministries

Black Pastoral & Sermon Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Camouflage Café

Heritage Marion County Foodways, Taxidermy, & Wildlife Mural Art

Caledonia, Ohio

Uncle James” Showers

Civil Rights History & Youth Sports/Coaching Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Tim Kildow The Warehouse Italian Dinners

Historic Preservation & Marion Restaurant Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Whetstone Woodcarvers’ Club

Woodcarving Arts

Marion, Ohio

Ms. Alberta Cress

Master Seamstress & Historic Clothing Repair & Restoration

Marion, Ohio

Daveon McGary Platinum Plus Barbershop

Heritage Black Barbering Arts

Marion, Ohio

Dave Dunlap Dunlap Art Glass

Master Stained Glass Artist // Church Stained Glass Windows

Marion, Ohio

Pastor Shawn Jackson

Mayes Community Temple

Black Pastoral & Sermon Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Gerald Carr

Master Woodworker & Furniture-Maker

Marion, Ohio

Nicole Boyd

Spoken Word & Spiritual Poetry Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Terradise Nature Center

Marion County Culture & Natural History Traditions

Caledonia, Ohio

“Silky Ray” Macklin Blues Musician + DJ

Marion County Blues Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Mother Sims

Marion’s Black Church Traditions // History of Mt. Zion

Marion, Ohio

Cindy McGuire China Cupboard Bears

Handmade Jointed Bears + Animals

Marion, Ohio

JoAnn Henning

Modern-Style Quilting Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Ben Kern The Guild, Marion

Automotive Artist & Community Arts Organizer

Marion, Ohio

Marion Community Choir

Black Musical & Gospel Traditions

Marion, Ohio

Todd Goings Carousels & Carvings

Master Woodcarver, Carousel Artist, & Historic Carousel Restorationist

Marion, Ohio

LaCosta Mayes MCT Praise & Worship Team

Gospel + R&B; Organ

Marion, Ohio

Kirkpatrick Church of Christ

Spiritual & Pastoral Traditions, Traditional Hymn Singing, & Foodways

Kirkpatrick, Ohio