Homecoming Series: Past Events


Internationally known artist Tom Bachtell was our 3rd HOMECOMING SERIES guest on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Tom Bachtell, a 1975 Yellow Springs High School graduate, creates distinctive drawings and caricatures that appear each week in “The Talk of the Town” and other sections of The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor for 20-plus years.  Tom’s work is seen in many other national and international publications as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, Mother Jones, and The New York Times. In addition, Tom illustrated the cover of Trump and Me, a book-length profile by Mark Singer, and created a portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg for “Notorious RBG: A Portrait in Song,” a new release from Cedille Records. In addition to being an artist, Tom is a pianist and swing dancer.



Acclaimed tenor and educator Martin Bakari was our 2nd HOMECOMING SERIES guest on Friday, September 29th, 2017.

Praised by Opera News as a “vocally charismatic” artist with a “golden tenor”, Mr. Bakari is a Yellow Springs native and Juilliard graduate who has performed a wide range of musical and theatrical works in renowned venues throughout the US and abroad. His recording of Grigory Smirnov’s Dowson Songs was recently released by Naxos Records, was featured by Opera News as a “Critic’s Choice” album, and is currently under GRAMMY® consideration. A passionate educator, he has taught and led masterclasses for various schools and organizations including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Metropolitan Opera, and Yellow Springs’ own Friends Music Camp where he was previously a camper. www.martinbakari.com


Our very first HOMECOMING SERIES guest, Chris Tebbetts, launched our series on March 9, 2017!

New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, and native Yellow Springer, Chris Tebbetts, returned home on March 9th, 2017 to inaugurate the Little Art’s new Homecoming Series. What a great event it was, and what a debt of gratitude we owe Chris for his kindness and generosity! A transcript from his wonderful presentation can be found here: Chris Tebbetts talk transcript.  

Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series, as well as PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, with James Patterson and illustrator Laura Park; the New York Times bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst; the young adult novel M OR F? with Lisa Papademetriou; and THE VIKING series. His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. He is a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and currently lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.

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