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.
Micah R. O. Litant is focused on arts education as a means of cultivating empowerment, deductive reasoning, and confident decision-making in students of all ages, especially for students with special needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds. He received a BFA in Studio Arts from Hampshire College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and an MFA in Painting, Sculpture, and Arts Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Micah also works in the Gallery Education office of the Bakalar and Paine Galleries and with the Gallery Crew (construction, installation, maintenance, art-handling) at both MassArt and SMFA. He won't be satisfied until the arts have helped strengthen every facet of our community!
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.
Landa Ruen is an artist and teacher with international experience in both fields. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Art with a minor in Anthropology. After receiving her degree she apprenticed with a potter in Minnesota and then went on to teach middle school art. In the following years, she was able to explore a variety of teaching experiences both domestically and abroad; at public and private schools, workshops, and afterschool programs. Her travels and diverse experiences have given unique insight into the various ways of educating students. She is both a painter and ceramicist and is currently enrolled in the Art Education Master's program at Boston University.