About the Artful Adventures Instructors

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.

Amanda Skinner is a Louisville, Kentucky transplant who relocated to Salem, Massachusetts in 2014. In Salem she interned at the Peabody Essex Museum in the Curatorial Department and assisted with the interpretation plan to reopen the Ropes Mansion. Since then, she has worked for both the Peabody Essex Museum and Historic New England in Museum Education and Interpretation. Amanda believes that museums provide a unique platform for people of all ages to explore and engage with fine art. She received her degree in Studio Art from Transylvania University and is currently attending Salem State University to finish her Master's of Arts in Teaching Art Education. Additionally, Amanda has a competitive swimming background and enjoys coaching and maintaining an active lifestyle in her free time. At the MFA Amanda is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program. 

Antonio Méndez is an artist and art educator who has worked in the museum field for over 6 years. With studies at the School of Fine Arts in Puerto Rico and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY, he has taught Art, Languages, Science and Math to a variety of age groups from elementary to high school students. Gaining experience teaching in formal and informal settings, Antonio is conscious and intentional on the benefits of both environments. He has also worked with youth at risk and with special needs for over 7 years. A native from Puerto Rico, he is passionate to share his experiences and art knowledge. A big part of his museum work is alongside the Boston Public Schools and many community organizations on issues of early childhood education, family services and immigrant families.  At the MFA he is a Gallery Learning Educator with Family Programs and the Mission Hill Partnership Lead with Community Arts 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.

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.

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.

Giulia Maria Wilkins received her Bachelors in Humanities from the University La Sapienza, Rom IT and a Masters in Art Education and Art History from Boston University. While pursuing her masters degree she assisted with family events at the MFA as a volunteer. Giulia has also taught children and supported programs for families in the Boston community at the Mapparium and Christian Science Library. Giulia currently teaches in the Artful Adventures program 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.

Lisa Warren is an artist and educator who is passionate about working with children and helping them find joy and success in the art-making process. She received her BA in Human Development and Elementary Education from Connecticut College and her MA in Museum Studies with a focus in Museum Education from Johns Hopkins University. She believes that art is for everyone and seeks to create developmentally appropriate and pedagogically sound learning experiences that are welcoming and inclusive to visitors of all ages and abilities. Lisa has over 12 years of experience in formal and informal education, museum programming, and outreach. From creating and teaching programs at the Museum of Science, to providing adaptive art lessons to students with special needs, to serving as the Accessibility Coordinator, Lead Educator for Family Programs, and instructor in the Artful Adventures programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Lisa has put her skills into action. Inspiring children and adults of all ages to think deeply, live passionately, and learn about the world around them.

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Arnoldi leads art and nature adventures and makes art that explores biological forms. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator and guide working with all ages in a variety of settings. While exploring the natural world and making art, Rebecca received an MFA in painting, a MS in environmental education, published Life in the Tides, and appeared on National Geographic. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Boston, New York  City, Provincetown, and Israel. At the MFA Rebecca is an instructor in the Artful Adventures program.

Sarah Moriarty is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, where she majored in History with minors in Social Studies, Art History, and Women and Gender Studies. From summer camps to after school programs to AmeriCorps' Jumpstart Program, she has found joy working with children in many environments, especially those involving the arts. A Boston native, she's had the  pleasure of interning at some of the area's cultural institutions including the Fuller Craft Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Society of Arts and Crafts. At the MFA Sarah is an instructor in the Artful Adventures instructor.

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.

Thomaida Mele is a philologist from Greece who loves books, fine arts, and photography. She has experience teaching children in schools, after school programs, and museums in Greece. She has also taught ancient Greek language, Latin, history, literature and art to middle and high school students. Thomaida obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Philology and her Master's Degree in Classical Studies from the University of Crete in Greece. She believes that art has transformative power to change the world and is passionate about teaching art to young children. At the MFA Thomaida is 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.