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.
Maria LaCreta is an artist who lives and works in Somerville, MA. Maria attended both the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught a variety of art courses and mediums at many schools, institutions, and museums in Baltimore, Chicago, and Boston. As Maria joins the team of Artful Healing instructors, she is wrapping up another degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling. As an arts educator, Maria has always been deeply engaged with her students’ process, encouraging and teaching students within a process-oriented approach. Maria is most excited to bridge the realms of arts and healthcare by teaching in a supportive, integrative manner within four prominent Boston hospitals.
Molly Lamb holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Danforth Art Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. She currently teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at Simmons College. At the Museum of Fine Arts, she works as an Artful Healing and Artful Adventures instructor and as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.
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.