In addition to our regular faculty, this summer we are welcoming new teachers, counselors and CITS
Luci Mino, Music Teacher: Workshop I
Luci spent a year developing and teaching a series of therapeutic art and music classes for at-risk boys in Mexico, and is currently working towards a degree in creative arts therapy. Luci is a faculty member at Westfield School of Music teaching violin, piano, guitar, and voice.
Debbi Friedlander, Music Teacher: Workshop II
Pulling material from many genres including folk, classical, jazz, and world music, Debbi teaches voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, and violin. She encourages children to write songs and instrumental music, and develop theatrical works that incorporate all the arts. Her album “Somewhere in a Corner,” featuring songs written and performed by her students, won a Parents' Choice Gold award.
Sean Elligers, Music Teacher: Workshop III & IW
Sean recently received his Masters of Music in education and trumpet performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to teaching privately, Sean performs classical, jazz, and experimental music and has performed at competitions and festivals in New England and internationally. Sean also holds a Bachelor's degree in film and photography and is always excited to merge visual and aural modes.
Catia Correi, Theater Intern
Catia is going to be a sophomore at Georgia Perimeter College next year working for major in Art Administration, and a minor in film. She acts, sings, dances, and is a visual artist as well. She loves working with children, especially when it involved performing arts.
Camille Brenner, Dance Intern and Administrative Assistant
Camille is a student at Brandeis University, and is passionate about the use of arts in education. She has had practice planning programs and facilitating activities for children as an overnight camp counselor, and has worked with children in arts and crafts oriented settings as well. Camille will be interning for the first half of the summer in the art studio at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She also love dancing; and has practiced numerous styles over the years, with particular focus in modern and improvisation. She recently started an improvisation club at school where she guides students through improvisational dance activities.
Leilani Lafond-Trimble, Fashion Design Intern
Leilani has experience working with children, (Student teacher at Fort River, Junior Counselor a The Hitchcock Center for many years) and is an artist in a lot of forms, most prominently sewing and digital art. She is an entrepreneur, selling commissioned pictures through a website called Deviantart.
Alex Hilliard, Counselor
Alex studies early childhood education at Greenfield Community College and spends her spare time knitting, sewing, and playing with her cat, Sweet Potato. She has training in visual and performing arts, including sculpture, collage, and music theory, and is proficient in a wide variety of craft media. She is passionate about arts-based education and is supplementing her early childhood education major with art and ballet classes in order to gain a fuller understanding of the arts’ role in education.
Elli Palmer, Art Intern
Elli is a rising Senior at Smith College originally from southern New Jersey. At Smith, she's double majoring in Art and Women and Gender Studies and concentrating in Poetry. In her own art practice, she focuses on painting, sculpture, and installation. She love teaching kids and have past experience teaching at a summer camp at a wildlife refuge.
Sophia Schreyer, Volunteer/CIT
Sophia is an aspiring photographer and singer. She love the arts, including drawing, music and dance. Sophia attends Amherst Regional High school and is a multi arts veteran of 6 years.
Greyson Young , CIT
Greyson is soon to be in tenth grade. She loves to run cross country and track, and do crafts. She loves working with small children and would like to major in psychology in college!
Mia Mercedes Rogers, CIT
Mia is fifteen years old and will be a sophomore at Amherst Regional High School. She enjoy art and have taken many art classes through LSSE, the Eric Carle Museum, and while a student at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School. She also enjoy playing basketball & lacrosse, playing the guitar, listening to music, fashion design, and spending time with her family.
Claire Lord, CIT
Claire, is starting as a freshman at Emmanuel College in Boston in the fall, and plans on majoring in Elementary Education. She has experience working with kids in various capacities, and this will be her second summer working in Multi-Arts. She has taken numerous art and dance courses throughout her high school career, and plans on continuing these works in college.
Alexis Boulanger, CIT
Alexis is in the 8th grade at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School where she loves studying dance, theatre, and singing. She works with the Dance Education Lab program to create dances with elementary school kids based on what they are learning in science and social studies. She is also a competitive figure skater and enjoys helping to teach kids in the basic skills program at the rink. Lexi loved attending Multi-Arts for years and hopes to pass on the love of the arts to the campers this summer!