Our Story

AIM True Arts facilitates fun and exciting art and improvisational theatrical experiences for children.  Activities are designed to help children harness their power of creativity and imagination by providing an uplifting environment where they are free to express themselves in positive & constructive ways.  With role-play activities at the center of our methodology, camps and workshops are designed to encourage confidence and help each child bring out his/her artist-within. 

We ARE "art and imagination in motion"...aiming true just for you! 

Mariah Johnson...

Mariah Johnson is a choreographer, make-up artist, and actor.  She studied classical ballet with the Shenandoah Civic Dance Company and was a featured "prima" in several classic performances.  She attend Piedmont Virginia Community College for a degree specializing in dance. Mariah’s dance career focus has been to explore the study of expression through dance, interpreting stories through the art of movement.  From classical to contemporary, avant garde to folk & comedic her inventive approach and agility have delighted many an audience.  Mariah enjoys all aspects of performance from working behind the scenes to in front of the camera or an audience.  She is currently the dance instructor at the Village School, Charlottesville and has choreographed and designed makeup for several stage shows at Four County Players, Live Arts, and Play On! Theater, as well as annually choreographing for children’s theater in New York.  Her skill as a S-FX make-up artist has also been featured at the Virginia Film Festival as well as in many feature films and commercials. 

Lindsay Heider Diamond...

Lindsay Heider Diamond received her BFA with a double concentration in painting and graphic design from Miami University in Oxford,Ohio. She has worked as a professional illustrator, working first for Gibson Greetings, Inc and then as a freelance illustrator and designer, eventually transferring her skills to the computer, working as a graphic designer, art director and creative director in the digital realm in Seattle in the 1990s. She left the interactive design world and picked back up her brush when she moved to cross-country from Seattle to Charlottesville in 2006. She has taught painting, drawing, scenic design and much more to children at local public and private schools in the Charlottesville area since 2007. This is her fourth year teaching art at The Village School. She is a member at McGuffey Art Center and Piedmont Council for the Arts. Lindsay and her husband Andrew have three children, August, Tessa and Annaliese. You can see her work at www.lindsayheider.com.

Amanda Watson...

Amanda Watson is an accomplished performer, designer, and director. She studies acting using the Stanislavsky and Meisner Methods, and has trained in directing, movement, and design. Amanda received an AB in theater from Dartmouth College in 2009. She fine-tuned her skills interning with New York Theater Workshop, and working for Berkshire Theater Group. Currently, Amanda is the Drama teacher at Village School. She teaches acting and lighting design workshops at Live Arts, and participates both on and off the stage at Live Arts and Four County Players. Amanda has been involved in productions all over the country. She loves all aspects of the theater from set construction to script analysis. However, teaching theater is what brings her the greatest joy. 

Peyton Tochterman...

Peyton Tochterman has been teaching music, guitar and songwriting for 16 years.   He has toured the country and has played almost every state, travelled to Afghanistan as a Cultural Ambassador for music for The United States, has had his writing published in national publications, has been the voice for multiple books for publisher Simon and Schuster, and has scored music for national commercials.
Peyton had the privilege of singing our countries National Anthem at The Marine Corps Museum at Quantico for a host of American heroes. He has shared the stage with Levon Helm, Darrell Scott, Chris Knight, Mark Erelli, Cheryl Wheeler, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Isbell, Richard Buckner, Sons of Bill, and Gary Sinise among others.

AIM True Arts ("Art and Imagination in Motion") is a program of The Genius Center, LLC,www.geniuscenter.com, a free education resource for parents based on the belief that "all children have genius."  

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