Sarah Mostow is founding museum educator with Arts & Minds. She is co-author with Hollie Ecker of How Might You: Seeking Inquiry in the Museum Studio (Journal of Museum Education, June 2015), which describes best practices for facilitating meaningful, open-ended art experiences in the museum and is based on here extensive teaching experience at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Morgan Library & Museum. Sarah is also a painter and makes artists books, which she has exhibited in and around New York City.
Hollie Ecker is a teaching artist and museum educator for visitors of all ages and abilities at major museums in New York City — MOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum and the Whitney Museum. As a Fulbright Scholar, Hollie spent time in Italy, developing and implementing school/museum partnerships for deaf students with the Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo. Her teaching focuses on visitors with disabilities, especially adults with Alzheimer’s and deaf children. Hollie is a ceramic artist and when she is not making or teaching art she loves to dance salsa.
Nellie Escalante facilitates museum programs for Arts & Minds and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is also the Program Coordinator for Arts & Minds working alongside the Executive Director in charge of making sure programs run smoothly and all participants feel welcome. When she is not at the museum, she is designing wearable art, often reconstructing existing garments and selling her creations online and in select artisan fairs in New York City.
Josie Gonzalez joined the teaching team of Arts & Minds in 2012, inaugurating Arts & Minds at the New-York Historical Society, where she is a Senior Educator. She has also taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and created the art education pilot programs for the soon-to-open Bronx Children’s Museum. Her studio and public artworks have been exhibited at numerous venues throughout the NYC area. Her permanent stained glass installation can be seen at the NYC MTA Woodlawn Ave. #4 train station. In 2015 she was included in the Bronx Artist Documentary Project, a historic photography project documenting Bronx artists at work in their studios.
Manuela works as a museum educator for the new arts and minds program in Spanish at El Museo del Barrio. She also teaches at The Whitney Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art for School and Family Programs. Manuela holds a BFA and MFA in painting, which has allowed her to facilitate art making workshops at several other institutions and connect her studio practice to her teaching.
Laura is a creative arts educator and a social and educational program designer. Her passion and professional experience focus on theater, visual arts, creative writing, movement and sound to foster sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities. She is the co-founder of Artered, a social/artistic global initiative that uses the arts as a tool for peace building and social justice projects. As of 2015, she has implemented art education projects in Colombia, Argentina, Nepal, India, Guatemala and The United States.
Amalia Guajardo is a museum educator with experience facilitating a variety of programs for diverse visitors including schools, early childhood, teachers, families and people with disabilities. Originally from Spain, she is passionate about bringing people together through the arts and making museums accessible to all. Amalia has facilitated programs at the High Line and the Brooklyn Museum and currently she teaches at El Museo del Barrio, the Jewish Museum, the Noguchi Museum, the Studio Mueum in Harlem and Arts and Minds. She holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Visual Arts and Education.