Gov. Bentley honors veterinary employee


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 2, 2014) – Although new to the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) family, Homer Johnson is far from new to the arts. Johnson joined the TUSVM Department of Clinical Sciences as a large animal caretaker during the spring semester. He received a commendation award from Gov. Robert Bentley on May 21 for being a longtime teaching artist with the Alabama State Council of the Arts. 

Johnson with Governor Robert Bentley
For more than 13 years, Johnson has worked as a teaching artist in Montgomery, Bullock, Macon, Perry, Pickens, and Green counties using sculpture as a medium to reinforce math, reading, social studies and language arts to children in K-5 to 8th grade. He has also taught the outreach program for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and had his work exhibited at Black Belt Treasures Art Gallery, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 2013 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts FLIMP Festival.

Johnson has gained training for many years through attending numerous workshops for Focus on Arts Integration, Comprehensive Discipline-based Visual Arts Education, Classroom Management, Training Teaching Artist for Alabama Black Belt and the Integration Curriculum Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts.

Johnson’s wood carving expertise also caught the attention of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s theater department when he was commissioned to carve panels for a piano for the production of August Wilson’s “Piano Lesson.”

“It was an honor to be recognized for a talent that I have and that I have been able to use to make a difference in others’ lives, especially children,” Johnson said.

Story by: Anissa L. Riley, assistant director, School of Veterinary Medicine Office of External Affairs

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