Will Clipman has been an arts educator and personal enrichment facilitator for over thirty years. He has conducted over two hundred workshops and full-length artist-in-residencies for public and private schools at every grade level, as well as for colleges and universities, adult and juvenile prisons, libraries, art galleries, hospitals, assisted living centers, parks and recreation programs, spas, retreat centers and resorts. Will’s programs include Myths & Masks, Planet of Percussion, Science of Sound, Living History and Naturally Supernatural. He is also adept at creating custom programs to meet the educational and personal enrichment goals of any sponsor. A poet, percussionist, performing and recording artist, maskmaker and storyteller--as well as a naturally gifted teacher--Will brings a wealth of professional experience as a working artist to his enrichment and education offerings. He is a seven-time GRAMMY® Nominee and a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, and has received the Arizona Commission on the Arts Decade of Distinguished Service Award as well as two Arizona Governor’s Arts Award Nominations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona. Click here to read Will’s full-length artist biography.
- Myths & Masks: maskmaking, mythic persona poetry and performance
- Planet of Percussion: rhythm and polyrhythm with pan-global instruments
- Science of Sound: exploring the physics of sound through world music
- Living History: bringing history alive through story writing and storytelling
- In a Word: figurative language, poetic composition and oral interpretation
- Naturally Supernatural: abstract watercolor painting and nature persona poetry
- Or. . . have Will design a custom E&E experience to suit your needs!
- Will Clipman is a pure pleasure to work with. I’ve invited him to our facility multiple times for both workshops and performances over the last three years. Will always offers a mix of professional dependability and approachable muse. He has delighted, inspired and entertained our clientele with his drumming, poetic reflections and craftsmanship. Will is a down-to-earth community treasure—unaffected, sincere and heartfelt in his music and art.
Education & Outreach Manager
Western National Parks Association
- When the Musical Instrument Museum was imagining artists who could best support our special exhibition, Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World, Will Clipman was a natural choice. During Will’s program at the MIM, our guests were treated to a remarkable array of percussive sounds and possibilities, all accompanied by a flowing narrative that connected Will’s own musical journey to a larger, shared world of humanity and artistic expression. Will demonstrated the potential for music to motivate a lifelong pursuit of cross-cultural knowledge.
Rich Walter, PhD.
Musical Instrument Museum
- I have known Will Clipman for years. He has been one of our most engaging, knowledgeable, patient and innovative youth summer art camp instructors to date. Year after year, he masterfully ignites kids' passion for drumming. He not only engages kids in creating music, but he takes his students on a fun-filled musical journey around the world, teaching the global history and evolution of drumming. His passion and knowledge transform students.
City of Glendale Public Art Program
- The “warp” includes timeless drumming rhythms, artfully intuitive mask construction and universal consciousness written in poetry. The “weft,” is passion in delivery, patience, understanding, and masterful teaching techniques revealing a spellbinding worldview. So is Will Clipman’s offering for our life’s continuous tapestry.
Arts Educator and Journalist
- Will Clipman is a consummate professional who provides a unique, creative and rewarding experience for our students. His Myths & Masks presentation has become a tradition at our school. We appreciate the one-of-a-kind experience he provides our students as they explore their creativity through writing, art and self-expression. The students look forward to the creative endeavor each year.
Gina Salazar Hook,
AiR Coordinator, Cheyenne Traditional School