Janet Ivey, creator of Janet’s Planet is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances ,TV, and online programming. With over 25 years in the children’s entertainment and education space, Ivey has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work and she has received 12 Regional Emmys, 5 Gracie Allen Awards, for her children’s series Janet’s Planet that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide. Janet is a Buzz Aldrin ShareScience Ambassador and has won a STEM-FLORIDA Award for the “Exploring Microgravity,” educational video about gravity and microgravity, she wrote and produced for Space Florida. This dynamic and fast-paced series is geared to 5-10 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and health. Viewers get to travel at the speed of thought and the short form series can be seen on public television stations nationwide as well as KTV (Kids and Teen Television), YouTube, BatteryPop, Club Jelly Telly, AmebaTV, and HighBrow in the UK, and the Children’s Television Network.
Janet is committed to sharing the joy of exploration and discovery with children around the globe.
Janet grew up in Covington, TN, a little town 45 minutes north of Memphis, TN, birthplace of Isaac Hayes and the Charms Blow Pop. She played astronaut on the playground, watched Star Trek and loved going to her friend Carol’s house because she had walkie-talkies and made playing astronaut and Star Trek a lot more fun. Janet credits her fifth grade teacher, Ms. Ernestine Yarborough for inspiring her love of the solar system. Ms. Yarborough hosted a star party in the fall of 1977 and Janet had the chance to look through a telescope for the first time. Witnessing a strong and beautiful female role model know so much about stars and planets and thus a life long love affair with the cosmos began. Part artist, part scientist Janet believes that ART and SCIENCE deserve to be taught side by side in concert with one another. Janet earned her Bachelor’s in Music and Theatre and is a Master’s Candidate in STEAM education at University of San Diego.
On November 5th 2016, Janet was awarded the Inaugural “Permission to Dream” Award from Rick Tumlinson’s New World’s Institute for her commitment to STEAM education and global space and science outreach.
In 2015 was named to the Board of Governors for the National Space Society and the spokesperson for Enterprise in Space, Janet will carry the mission of educating young people about the solar system, planetary science and forever tell GIRLS “that SMART is the most beautiful thing you can be.”
In early 2015, Janet’s Planet was asked by Chief Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the NASA’s New Horizons Mission to do educational outreach for the endeavor. Janet’s Planet created the #DearPluto project and garnered international attention and amazing letters from around the world.
Currently Janet is working on a book entitled, #DearPluto that will feature the letters from the children, alongside New Horizons’ scientist’s commentary.
Launching in 2017, Janet will also be ambassador and spokesperson for the Children’s Television Network, CTN, which is designed to play throughout the day in children’s hospitals, bringing positive, inspiring and entertaining programming for children and their caregivers.
Janet presents two live shows in performing art centers, “Tour of the Solar System” and “Exploring Microgravity” and these shows are 21st century theatre that encourage scientific literacy via the use of humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions, enticing graphic elements, and experiential opportunities to join Janet on stage, students are fully engaged in the experience
And announced May 26, 2016, Janet Ivey was the runner up for the Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She worked tirelessly to help raise money for this most worthy charity.
Janet’s 2014 TEDx Talk “AWE (Art, Wonder, and Experience) Inspired Science can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP6lEgNbhXk
This talk has created a demand for keynote speeches around the globe.
For 15 years she was the co-host of Tennessee’s Wildside, airing on PBS in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. Janet has numerous commercials, tv and film credits. For the most up to date list, visit her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3111801/
Janet is a 1989 graduate of Belmont University, Bachelor of Commercial Music and Minor in Theatre and is now a Master’s Candidate for STEAM education at University of San Diego (expected completion December 2018.)
The mission for Janet and Janet’s Planet is to encourage young people to stand in their magnificence and to inspire future generations to use their innate intelligence and creativity to create a better future via STEAM…science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Janet Ivey is a tireless advocate for children and has mentored countless young people all over the world. Janet’s mission has and always will be to enrich the lives of children via art and science, multi-media education and intelligent, informative AWE infused programming that focuses on space exploration and planetary science.