ArtStart Academy was created by Tiera Tanner in 2020. Tiera is an artist from West Virginia with a passion for sharing art with all, especially young minds. Tiera believes each child is innately creative, and she strives to develop this talent through fundamentals of art taught in

each ArtStart Academy workshop.

Tiera introduced the workshops in her hometown of Sutton, WV because of her own lack of art education as a child. Now, as a parent herself, Tiera continues to see the need for artistic guidance for youth in West Virginia. Tiera's goal for ArtStart Academy is to instill and expand imaginative thinking, not only for youth workshop participants, but for their parents and the community as a whole.