About the Artful Healing Instructors

Dana DiNatale received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education with a focus in Community Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Teacher’s License for grades K-12. Dana has worked in community based art centers, schools, and hospitals in the Boston area. She has training in early childhood education, special issues and art, art and literacy, as well as the arts in healing. As a visual artist Dana works in mixed media: painting, collage, and printmaking, and she also has a passion for photography. Dana is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures, Artful Healing, and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA.

Linda Hoetink is an artist and a teacher. She received a BA in Literature and Languages from Bennington College in Vermont and an MFA in Painting and Art/Art History Instruction from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Linda has been involved in museum education for more than a decade. Before moving to Boston in 2013, she worked at several museums in London as a museum educator, education programmer, community outreach officer, and workshop organizer. Linda believes that “by looking at works of art, children learn to appreciate and respect different ways of seeing the world. By making art, they learn about themselves.” In addition to her work in the Artful Healing program, Linda is also involved in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA. 

Pablo Friedmann obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Escuela de Pintura, Escultura Grabado y Dibujo “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City and later received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. For ten years Pablo worked as the Artist Facilitator in the Arts in Corrections Program at the Calipatria State Prison in California, and has taught art history at Massachusetts Community College, Cambridge College, Bunker Hill Community College, and for Boston University’s Prison Education Programs. As an artist Pablo has had exhibitions in Paris, London, Mexico, and the United States. At the MFA Pablo also works as instructor in the Artful Adventures program and is the Community Arts Liaison for the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club.

Sarah Arcotta received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has over eight years of experience coordinating and implementing arts curriculum in various settings including galleries, schools, and non-profit art organizations. Sarah is a Licensed Massachusetts Visual Arts Teacher for grades k-12 and has worked in the Boston Public Schools. Upon graduating Sarah was awarded the Dorothy Jacobs Platt Prize in Art Education. Sarah is a practicing artist with a passion for teaching while promoting visual literacy and personal connections to artworks. She is currently an instructor for both the Artful Healing and Artful Adventures programs at the MFA.

Robin DeSantis is a teaching artist and community arts enthusiast. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Studio Art from Boston College. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Robin mobilized at-risk communities through visual arts and dance, designing and managing the production of collaborative murals and pioneering a national creative arts initiative. She believes in the power of the arts to unify people of varying cultures and experiences. Robin also works for the Big Sister Association where she supports matches of adolescent girls with women mentors, while promoting expressive arts as a vehicle for youth development. At the MFA, she is currently an instructor for both the Artful Healing and Artful Adventures programs.