Our mission is to empower underserved people through opportunities in leadership, ethics, and the Arts.#LENA
Our vision is that one day all people will view themselves as agents of change.
Tami Franklin grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma where she attended Stillwater High School, class of 1990, and studied at Encore! Dance Studios under the mentoring of Linda Twedell. In 1994, she founded Steppin' Out Dance Studio in Tuttle, Oklahoma which she operated and instructed for 14 years. She graduated from Northern Oklahoma College (Stillwater) in 2013 with an Associate's degree in Arts and Sciences and also participated in the humanitarian training "Atlantic Hope" owing to the mentoring of Wade Watkins. In May 2016, she graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in Anthropology with minors in Diversity Studies and Geography. During this time she studied for three weeks in Guatemala and Honduras gaining valuable experiences and insights. In 2017, The Brave Butterfly was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In 2018 Tami began a full-time position with the local nonprofit organization Springfield Ballet, Inc. where she is back in the studio teaching dance and engaging the community as Outreach Programs Coordinator.
In spring of 2016, she began the footprints of Brave Butterfly's first wing, Find Your Wings. Dance lessons were taught to K-12 students of Sonlight Academy in Port de Paix, Haiti. Tami returned to Haiti in 2017 and 2018 and is preparing for a return in 2020. She maintained a Graduate Assistantship for three semesters with MSU's Center for Community Engagement. She worked with the Vision Screening program, student service-learning, Public Affairs events, and after-school programming. On December 15, 2017, she graduated from MSU with a Master of Professional Studies in Global Philanthropy. She is currently fully engaged with her work for Springfield Ballet, Inc. and furthering The Brave Butterfly towards its intended presence and purpose!
"The Brave Butterfly is my personal journey of love and empowerment. I realized The Brave Butterfly children's story within me as I sketched out what she would look like and then envisioned The Brave Butterfly book sitting on top of the school library as I passed by. This affirmed within me that it would be a part of this journey. The Brave Butterfly is my vision to share my inherent love for humanity, dancing, and education, alongside my personal passions for creating, teaching, and mentoring. I am so excited to share Brave Butterfly's journey!" ~ Tami