Alexandra Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Education from Wheelock College in Boston. During her undergraduate work she assisted with archaeological digs and served as a museum educator at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural History. Alexandra taught children with special needs for four years and is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Artful Healing programs.
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.
Elisa Sweig received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with a concentration in Special Populations from Pennsylvania State University. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Expressive Arts Therapy with a concentration in Art Therapy. Elisa has worked introducing art therapy to community arts programs, facilitating art therapy in alternative school programs and museum programs, and in hospital settings throughout Massachusetts. Currently, Elisa works with children, adolescents and adults in her private art therapy practice as well as in the Artful Healing program at the MFA. Elisa is an avid artist who works in oils, acrylics and mixed media.
Robin DeSantis is a teaching artist and community arts enthusiast. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies, Studio Art, and Philosophy from Boston College. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Robin taught visual arts and dance to at-risk youth and supervised a cooperative of female artisans. She is an advocate of art education for cross-cultural communication and social change. Robin also works for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston where she provides case management support to matches of girls and women mentors. At the MFA, she is currently working as the Artful Healing Coordinator and occasionally teaches Artful Healing and Artful Adventures programs.
Tarryn Savir received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Psychology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She then attended Lesley University where she obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Art Therapy. Tarryn has experience in counseling adults and children, teaching visual arts, and facilitating art therapy sessions with a variety of ages. In her own art practice, Tarryn works primarily in oil painting. She is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Healing program at the MFA.