About the Artful Healing Instructors

Julie Cangrand holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University specializing in Arts in Health, and a Masters in Art History from Université Libre de Bruxelles. She worked for over ten years in Spain and Colombia supporting the professional development of young artists, focusing on self-taught and non-academic communities. She currently teaches art to children and older adults in schools and healthcare settings and does art consulting work for medical facilities. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Julie is an Artful Healing Instructor and an Access Guide for visitors with disabilities. She speaks French, Spanish, and English, and her passion is to facilitate people's access to art and to encourage creative expression. 


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.

 Alice Garfield serves as the coordinator for MFA Artful Healing, overseeing daily operations as well as teaching whenever possible. Alice holds a Masters degree in Art Education from Tufts/SMFA and a Bachelors degree in Theater from Pomona College, and is a licensed visual art teacher in Massachusetts for grades K-12. She has taught art, jewelry making, and sewing to students of all ages, interests, and abilities, and passionately pursues facilitating positive growth and change through the arts. Through her work at the MFA, Alice has presented on MFA Artful Healing at several local and national conferences, and is involved in promoting the growing field of arts in health.

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.