Brenda Echeverry is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and facilitator. She has a background in vocal performance, visual art, dance and musical theater. Her creative work is influenced by elements of nature, humanity, spirituality and womanism. She enjoys engaging with community members, families and youth through the arts. In the past, Brenda has mentored elementary-aged students, facilitated creative arts programming in public schools as a teaching artist and advocated for families in the child welfare system as a social worker. Brenda is currently working towards earning her Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. At the MFA Brenda is the Community Arts Liaison with the Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club.
Gustavo Tavares Barceloni is an educator, organizer, and ceramic artist living in Boston. He creates illustrative tableware, installations, and community-based projects that promote working class power and explore the complexities of living within the Brazilian diaspora. Gustavo holds a BFA in ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a M.Ed from University of Massachusetts, Boston. At the MFA Gustavo is the Community Arts Liaison with the Jordan Boys & Girls Club.
Ivy Davis is an Atlanta native art educator who received her Master's in Art Education at Tufts University, and her Bachelor's in Marketing and Management with a minor in Art at the University of West Georgia. Following her bachelor's, Ivy completed an intensive international Fashion Design program at the JA College of Design in Ghana, where she focused on exploring traditional Ghanaian art forms & African textiles. Ivy works across many mediums and has mentored and taught in Ghana and India in the United States and abroad. Ivy teaches in the heart of Dorchester as a Mixed Media Arts Teacher at a Boston Public school. 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 actively uses the arts as a tool for engagement and empowerment, creating safe spaces, authentic self-expression, and addressing social and cultural issues as an expression outlet. Though a transplant to the city of Boston, Ivy has deeply woven herself into Dorchester's cultural arts and community and is proud to work at the MFA as the Community Arts Liaison with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.
Jessie James is an educator and lens-based artist in the greater Boston area. She received her BFA in Photography from Lesley University. Her work investigates universal themes of adolescent memory and has been exhibited nationally. As an educator, she practices an approach that prioritizes an inclusive and sociocultural lens applied to her content and relationships with learners. She has assisted studio classes in higher education and led her own courses and workshops at several non-profits around Boston. She aims to guide learners to make connections with their creative making and personal histories. Jessie currently works at the Museum of Fine Arts as the Community Arts Liaison with the Yawkey Boys & 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 the Community Arts Liaison with the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club.
Marlo Morales is an MA student in the History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. She received her BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where she studied Art History and Spanish. Marlo has held positions at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, The Frist Art Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Her work currently deals with commemorative art and human rights in contemporary Latin America. At the MFA, Marlo is the Community Arts Liaison with the Vine Street Community Center.
Rachel Hu is an educator, community worker, and artist living in Boston. She grew up in California and received her B.A 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 is finishing her M.A. in Applied Linguistics and teaches English as a Second Language and writing skills at different education centers around Boston. She enjoys painting, working with clay, and using a wide variety of mediums in her art. Additionally, she is interested in exploring the intersection of culture, language, community, and art-making. At the MFA, she is the Community Arts Liaison with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).
Sabrina Boutselis is an educator, cultural programmer, writer, and creator living in Boston. She received her BA from Hamilton College where she studied an intermedia concentration in Literature merged with Cinema and New Media Studies, Art History, and Visual Art. Subsequently, she moved to Spain where she taught English in public schools. She later received her MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Museo Reina Sofía while interning in the Museum’s Education department. Sabrina is dedicated to creating spaces for storytelling, introspection, and critical engagement with societal issues in museum spaces and beyond through the arts. Her personal preoccupations and history center on the Filipinx diaspora and other diaspora communities, cultural hybridization, transcultural identity, and migration. At the MFA Sabrina is the Community Arts Liaison with the West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton.