Dana Streever Henney is a visual arts instructor at the Arts Center. She earned a BA in Studio Ceramics with a Minor in Art History from Western Kentucky University in 1997. Upon graduating from college she was hired by ES Tichenor Co. as their in house artist. Scott Tichenor, her boss was considered Louisville’s leading Interior Designer at the time. She considered him as her mentor who taught her so much! For 5 years she painted murals, furniture, faux finishes, & stenciling, using stencils she hand cut, (before the days of a Cricut!) She worked in client’s homes & businesses such as Louisville Stoneware & Brown Foreman.
She then started her own business called ArtDana Inc. where she freelanced, painting murals residentially & commercially working with other Interior Designers doing jobs for Lee W. Robinson Co. Designs, Americana Interior Design, & Twigs in LaGrange. She sold her pottery at art shows including St.James Art Fair (20012005), & shops including the Brown Hotel, Tichenor’s Gallery, & Regallo.
She taught Art and Bible for 2 years at Christian school, Cornerstone Academy of Eastside Praise until she began her family. Dana is married and has twin sons and a daughter.
When her twin boys were in Kindergarten she began volunteering to help their Art teacher, Mr. Beatty, teach the Kenwood Station Elementary students on the pottery wheels, which she has been doing for 7 years! That same year she began teaching at the Arts Center and has taught Pottery/ceramics classes, Discovering Art, Mini Clay Creations (polymer clay), and the American Girl Doll art camp, offered in the summers.
She is also a substitute teacher in Oldham County & especially likes subbing in Art! Dana says, “I love kids, Art, & teaching, & believe that being genuine & kind are not negotiable! There’s just no other way to be! I believe in the Golden Rule & live my life in a godly way. I strive to make a connection with each of my students. I think that all kids are creative & can shine their lights through artistic expression! I love seeing the excitement & sense of accomplishment from kids that I teach! They are all special & creative!” And she “loves teaching at the Arts Center!”
In her “down time” she enjoys making jewelry, pottery, ornaments, sculptures, sewing, painting, crocheting, cleaning house, organizing, doing laundry, cooking, & volunteering! Dana was “Volunteer of the Year” at Kenwood Station Elementary in 2019!