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Tanner Melvin

Tanner Melvin, M.S., is Founder and Director of Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin, IL. Tanner comes back to Elgin and to Side Street from an eclectic background that includes a B.A. in Theater with an emphasis in acting and design and a M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with an emphasis in experiential education and therapeutic recreation both from Western Illinois University. After having worked as a professional actor and designer around the U.S. and spent years in the restaurant and entertainment industry, Tanner decided to move in a new direction focusing on outdoor education and programming for both children and adults. In 2012, he spent time at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, UT as a Seasonal Interpretive Specialist, and looks forward to incorporating these experiences into the education and outreach programming within Side Street.


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