Alexandra Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from the University of Oregon and a Master 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.
Ari Zimmet is an art educator and artist from Brookline, MA who believes that children’s art is powerful in ways that grown-ups can only aspire. He received his Bachelor’s in Art History from Yale University where he also studied welding and helped develop content for Exploring Artism, the YCBA’s program for children on the autism spectrum and their family members. Ari was a welding instructor at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI, and is currently a woodworking instructor with The Eliot School’s school partnership program. In the summertime he is also the Art Director at the Kingsley Pines Summer Camp in Maine. Ari is elated to be working at the MFA as the Community Arts Liaison with the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club and as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Barrett Grizzard is an artist and art educator who has taught children in many schools, after school programs, museums, and art centers in the United States and Asia. She received an MAT in Art Education from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with Tufts University, and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture, and currently works as a teaching artist at the Maud Morgan Art Center. At the MFA, Barrett is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and is the Community Arts Liaison for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston.
Bonnie Gamerman has been involved in art education for four decades teaching in a variety of settings including home school programs, artist in residence programs, summer camps, galleries, and private school settings. As an artist herself, Bonnie works primarily in clay, constructing hand built pieces, experimenting with different firing techniques, and developing her own approach to creating unique pieces. Her teaching focuses on thinking creatively and appreciating all forms of expression. This passion can be seen in her approach to learning and the connection she fosters with her students. Bonnie graduated from Lesley University and has a Massachusetts Visual Arts Educator License for grades K-8. She is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Bretta Hutchinson received her Masters of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies in 2013 from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she focused on education and youth programs. In 2014 Bretta obtained a certificate in Graphic Design from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has worked with family programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Chicago Children’s Museum, and as a graphic designer for various agencies and a health and human services company. Bretta currently enjoys painting watercolor portraits and teaching in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Cynthia Woo obtained a Master’s in Art History and Museum Studies certificate from Tufts University, where she concentrated in the Italian Renaissance and Museum Education. She started working at the MFA as a graduate student lecturer in 2006 and has been teaching as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program since 2007. She loves working with all age groups from toddlers to adults, and when not exploring and teaching in the galleries, Cynthia also manages youth and community programs at the Boston Center for the Arts.
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, and 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.
Gabrielle Eisenberg is an educator and artist living in Boston. Originally from central Massachusetts, she received her BFA in painting from Boston University and currently enjoys making pen and ink creations. Gaby has a demonstrable commitment to arts accessibility and community arts. Her professional experience includes an internship with the Philadelphia Mural Arts program, teaching an afterschool art class at the East Boston Early Education Center through ARCK, and working as a Summer Arts Instructor at the United South End Settlements in Boston. At the MFA Gabrielle is the Community Arts Liaison for the Vine Street Community Center and an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Gianna Stewart is a Boston-based artist who has an interest in public art. Her piece, Midden, was on view through April 2017 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University. She enjoys bringing unexpected materials into artmaking. Gianna is currently working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Studio Art Class programs at the MFA.
Jason Springer has been an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA since 2005. He was also a Community Arts Liaison from 2007-2012. Additionally, Jason was a trained Instructor who brought art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program. Besides working at the MFA, Jason is the Director of Education at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord MA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from UMass Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School where his thesis topic was “The Connected Classroom: Digital Technology in Art Museum Education for the School Audience.”
Kara Stokowski is a creator and educator living in Boston. She works at the intersections of art, science and technology and is passionate about creating public learning experiences that are accessible to all. She is a dedicated environmentalist and her art explores the interconnected web of all living things and our connection to the planet using words, performance and digital media. She helps artists use and understand video and animation in their own practices and she holds a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Kara currently works at the Museum of Fine Arts as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the South Boston Boys and Girls Club and as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Lena McCarthy is an artist, muralist, and public art enthusiast. She obtained her BFA in Painting from Boston University, where she founded the first Mural Club. After graduating she relocated to Santiago, Chile, where she taught for the Chilean Ministry of Education and became actively involved in the local street art scene. She recently finished a large-scale mural on Quincy Street in Dorchester. At the MFA Lena is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
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 instructor in the Artful Adventures and Artful Healing programs and as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.
Monica Garcia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also studied abroad at an intensive workshop at the Paris Fashion Institute in France. Her fashion background is evident in many of her paintings and illustrations, which range from bright lively colors to acid-like patterns done in various mediums. Additionally, Monica has taught fine arts to students from preschool age through adult. Her love of art education was naturally inspired by her culturally diverse family of educators and her fine arts upbringing. Currently, she aspires to connect the art world to the next generation of art lovers of all ages while working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Natalie Behnke has a professional background in curriculum design, community outreach, and K-7 art instruction, and is deeply committed to providing art education for children in under-served communities. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and drawing and Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Skidmore College. Through the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts she has worked at various Boston Public School sites helping to teach woodworking and visual arts to children from kindergarten through 7th grade. Additionally, she has led workshops in fiber arts, 2D and 3D disciplines at various local art organizations, helped to coordinate and teach the Art Haven summer program in Gloucester and designed curricula for REACT to FILM in New York City. Her own body of work includes traditional batik painting, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, and drawing. At the MFA, Natalie is the Community Arts Liaison for the United South End Settlements, as well as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
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. Pablo is currently the Art Director at the Roxbury/ Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Boston in addition to working as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program at the MFA.
Rachel Akiba, a native Bostonian, fell in love with communities, cultures, and diversity while attending Boston English High School. This new found passion led her to join City Year, a program run by Americorps, where she was able to provide academic services to middle school youth in downtown Boston. Upon completion, she received a degree in Community Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. Since then, Rachel has been working in the Boston, Brookline, and Newton areas as an art teacher and early educator, and also enjoys taking photos for her own work as an artist. At the MFA Rachel is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Rosie Busiakiewicz is an art historian and educator from England. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Cambridge and completed her MA in the History of Photography and Film at the Courtault Institute of Art. During this time she was a volunteer at Kettle’s Yard Gallery in their family programming department, as well as an education assistant at the Courtauld. She has since completed her Ed.M in Arts Education at Harvard where she had an interest in public art and radical pedagogy, and combined this with her role as a museum educator at Harvard Art Museums. In addition to working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program, Rosie is the Asssistant Director of an after school program at the Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, and enjoys crafting in all its forms.
Sam Jackson is an illustrator and writer living in Somerville, MA. He graduated in 2008 from Western Washington University with a BA in Environmental Anthropology. He has gained diverse experience in education, working as a literacy tutor to youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle, teaching ESL in Rwanda, and leading high school service trips to Tanzania with Putney Student Travel. As an artist, Sam produces freelance graphic illustrations and works on his own comic project, a science fiction story set in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He believes in the power of art to promote intercultural dialogue, collaboration, and empowerment. At the MFA Sam is the Community Arts Liaison for the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club and an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Sarah Pollman is an artist, educator, and writer who works in Boston. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in partnership with Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including shows at the Danforth Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum, and Wheaton College. Sarah currently works as an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Studio Art programs at the MFA in addition to teaching at Montserrat College of Art and Emerson College.
Sheryl Chen received her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most recently, Sheryl supported youth programming as the Education and Outreach Programs Manager at the Boch Center (formerly Citi Performing Arts Center). She has also taught English to primary school students in Toulouse, France, and taught children and teens at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Orange County, California. Sheryl is an instructor in the Artful Adventures and Gallery Learning programs at the MFA and is currently a Staff Assistant for the new Theater, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University.
Silvina Mizrahi received her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tucuman in 1991. Following her degree, she trained in sculpture under the supervision of different artists, such as Antonio Pujia and Antonio D’aniello. She specializes in different techniques including lost wax (bronze), Engobe (Native Indian Clay), and Valencian Sculpture. Silvina also studied dance and theater. She was selected for a solo exhibition at the Equator Gallery and two group exhibitions at the Copley Society Gallery, both on Newbury Street in Boston. More recently she was selected for a solo exhibition at the Argentinean Consulate in New York City and the National Museum in Tucuman, Argentina. Her work is part of several collections from Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, and private collectors in the USA.
Tanya Jones received her Bachelor’s in Art & Art History from Dickinson College, multiple subject and single subject (Art & Art History) Teaching Credentials from Antioch University and a Master’s of Science Organization Development degree from Pepperdine University. She founded an Art, Art History, and Film Studies program for a high school with a social justice mission, and has led community outreach and program development initiatives in educationally under resourced communities throughout Los Angeles, CA. Tanya is passionate about arts education, social and environmental justice, collective creativity, and in partnering with youth, their families, and other stakeholders to foster the growth of empowered and flourishing communities. At the MFA Tanya is the Community Arts Liaison for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Yoselin Rodriguez is an artist and educator who graduated from Lesley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a minor in Design. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Art Education. Yoselin works mainly in printmaking and painting, and at times a combination of the two, building up multiple layers of saturated colors and patterns. She makes use of digital work to sketch and arrange compositions. Yoselin believes art is a powerful tool for communication and making change in society, which drives her passion for teaching and empowering young artists. She is currently working at the MFA as an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.