100 Creatives

James D. Porter of Arizona Curriculum Theater: 100 Creatives

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 46. James D. Porter.

"Typically we go about our work quietly in classrooms and libraries across Arizona bringing education to life," James D. Porter says.

Porter, 45, is referring to his work with Arizona Curriculum Theater, a nonprofit troupe he founded in 2009 that travels to schools in the Phoenix area and connects the arts to in-class curriculum.

But once a year, Porter and Arizona Curriculum Theater step out of the classroom and onto the stage for their annual PoeFest. "PoeFest is ACT Inc.'s biggest event of the year and the only time the public gets to see what we do," Porter says.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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