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.
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.
Ivy Davis is an Atlanta native art educator who received her Masters in Art Education at Tufts University, and her Bachelors in Marketing and Management with a minor in Art at the University of West Georgia. After graduating from the University of West Georgia Ivy completed an intensive international Fashion Design program at the JA College of Design in Ghana, where she focused on African textiles and Batik techniques. Ivy works across many mediums and has mentored and taught in the United States and abroad in Ghana and India. She is an active advocate for the arts in the community, teaching various workshops and studio art classes to youth and adults of all ages. She enjoys collaborative works as it enables her creativity to fuse the melting pot while contributing to the bigger picture. At the MFA Ivy is the Community Arts Liaison for the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club.
Jasmine Perez is an art educator who believes meaningful and transformative art experiences should be accessible to all. A native of Brooklyn, she was a community advocate for the arts working with inner city at risk youth and families at The Children's Aid Society. She received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, has taught at various schools, and is currently the art instructor at Grace Preparatory Academy in Newton. She has been a Gallery Instructor at the MFA since 2014 and most recently joined the Community Arts team as the Community Arts Liaison for the Chelsea Boys and Girls Club.
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 an instructor in the Artful Adventures program and as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the South Boston Boys and Girls Club.
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 Adventures instructor and as the Community Arts Initiative Liaison for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.
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 a 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 and an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.
Rachel Hu Rachel Hu is an educator, community worker, and artist living in Boston. She grew up in California and received her Bachelor's of Art in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley. She has diverse range of work experience in art, design, and community outreach, including working on architectural design projects, making art, working with children and youth, and teaching adult refugees and immigrants. Currently, Rachel teaches English as a Second Language and Job Readiness Skills at MUA, a non-profit organization located in Dorchester, MA. She creates art primarily through painting and ceramics. And finally, she really enjoys spending time with children. At the MFA, she is the community liason for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).
Samuel 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.