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Artward Bound's staff, teachers, and mentors are working artists and youth education experts with decades of experience in professional and teaching environments. 

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Administrative Staff

Jessie Miyu Magyar
Director of Artward Bound • 617.879.7122

Jessie Miyu Magyar is a community arts educator, youth program leader, and creative person. Her career has been defined by the belief that the arts are transformative and powerful agents for change. Before joining the Artward Bound team, Jessie worked as a medical and in-home art therapist with youth and families and at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston as the School and Family Programs Manager. Jessie earned her BA from Smith College, her MA in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She loves to embrace creative moments in the every day, especially with her two kids.

Fun fact: Jessie's favorite mode of transport is by bike! She also loves to swim and the two hobbies inspired her to complete her first triathlon in 2015 (in Chicago, which was awesome because she got to bike on Lakeshore Drive).

Bethany Strohm
Assistant Director • 617.879.7167

Bethany Strohm has worked with Artward Bound since 2012. She has a BFA in Painting and an M.Ed from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is also a sculptor, painter, and maker of strange baskets.

Fun fact: Bethany has a polydactyl cat named Cal who has 25 toes.

Greg Linse
JET Digital Media Designer/Learning Coordinator • 617.879.7183

Greg Linse graduated from MassArt in 2013 with a BFA in photography. He first joined Artward Bound as a one-off volunteer during his senior year but came on board in a more administrative capacity in 2018. He is passionate about using his video and photography skills to allow the Artward Bound story to reach more people in the community.

Fun fact: Greg dreams of one day going to North Carolina to see the wild horses.

Teaching Staff

Althea Bennett
Artist Toolbox Instructor

As an arts educator, Althea’s teaching is hip hop, meaning that it is a pastiche of history, culture, art, respect, representation, expression, and experimentation. Her classroom is tranquil yet active, a sculpture classroom open to all mediums. Through the lesson plans and experiences, she gives her students opportunities to uncover their personal histories leading to an understanding of their futures. Althea’s students discover new connections with materials and techniques, being innovative and resourceful.

Fun fact: Althea’s artist name is Daughter of Contrast; a reflection of who she is made from and what she produces.

Brooke Scibelli
Portfolio Instructor

Brooke is an artist, designer, and educator who works to create more access to the arts and build community along the way. She graduated from MassArt in 2012 with a BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) program, and recently completed a Design Certificate through General Assembly. Brooke has worked as a creative and educator at the ICA, Design Museum Boston, The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, MIT and beyond. She has taught visual art to students of all ages in a variety of settings – museums, Boston Public School classrooms, wood shops, community centers, even on the sidewalk!

Fun fact: In high school, Brooke competed at the state-level in high jump and hurdles! Her personal high jump record is 5 ft 2 in.

Academic Staff

Dan Chamberlain
Math & Science Instructor

Dan Chamberlain is a high school math teacher for Boston Public Schools. He believes math should teach students to reason quantitatively so that they can better understand the world around them. Dan also holds true that numbers, figures, and patterns are so closely related to art and he is passionate about trying to link them together. 

Fun fact: Dan lived in a tent in Iceland for two months.

Shumon Jenkins
ELA Instructor

Shumon was born and raised in Brockton and currently lives in Boston. When he was younger, he had pieces published in the Journal of Critical Scholarship and Education and the DoveTales Resistance. Ultimately, he wants to publish a novel that changes the culture that made him who he is today, a grown black man with joy.

Fun Fact: He knows how to sing the alphabet backwards!

Mentor Staff

Carly Glashauser

Carly is going into her sophomore year at MassArt as an animation major. She has a background in oil painting and portraiture is her favorite. Carly enjoys watching cartoons or listening to podcasts while working on her art. She is excited to share her knowledge with the students and learn from them as well. This is her first year as an Artward Bound mentor.

Fun fact: Carly enjoys doing elaborate eye makeup involving lots of glitter.

Fallon Lavertue

Fallon Lavertue is a senior at MassArt and will be graduating in 2024 with her BFA in Painting and a concentration in Printmaking. This summer of ‘23 will be Fallon's first time with Artward Bound for her final year and is looking forward to helping nurture the creative spirit in blossoming artists. As an artist who uses more than one medium herself, she is excited to see the many different ways others create and be part of a community of different artists that are coming together to inspire one another. 

Fun fact: Fallon's family names all of their pets with what they call "old people names". They have a silver lab named Martin Douglas, a kitten named Moreen, and two long-haired cats named Paisley and Rosie.

Quan Nelson

Quan Nelson is an Artward Bound alumni and this is his fourth summer as a mentor. He joined Artward Bound in 2014 and has his associate's degree in Fine Arts from Bunker Hill Community College. He is currently studying illustration at MassArt as a rising junior. This program showed Quan that the only limitation to his success is his fears and that if he wants to achieve his goals, to look forward with no doubts.

Fun fact: Quan makes music in his spare time to listen to while creating art.

Duru Özkefeli

Duru is a junior in Art Education at MassArt. She moved to the United States from Turkey 7 years ago. Duru loves exploring all mediums of art and her current favorites are printmaking, flame working, and embroidery. She loves connecting with the students and creating a safe environment for growth. This is her second year with Artwork Bound and she is excited to keep inspiring creativity, curiosity, and encouraging young artistic talent.

Fun fact: Duru loves to thrift and find unique pieces to upcycle. She usually screen prints, paints, embroiders, or hand beads on these garments as wearable art.

Faith Trefry

Faith is a sophomore in Fashion Design. She has a passion for sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry. She enjoys knitting, going for runs, and listening to music. This is her first year with Artward Bound and she's looking forward to nurturing the creativity and wellbeing of students and learning from them!

Fun fact: Other than working with textiles, Faith's favorite art practice is collaging. 

Ricky Vasan

Ricky Vasan is a painter and musician, currently pursuing a BFA in Painting at MassArt. Ricky grew up in India and has been in Boston for the last four years. He is passionate about educating and this is his third year with Artward Bound. 

Fun fact: Ricky is a color-blind painter.