Gabriela Micchia joined Enchanted Circle as the Director of Media Literacy and continues her position as a Teaching Artist. She has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her mother seeing her love of the arts enrolled Gabriela in tap dancing, piano classes, drawing classes at the local public library, and then Life drawing courses at the age of 13.
Gabriela went on to receive her BFA at Hartford Art School and her MFA degree at Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduating she moved to NYC to pursue her passion in sculpture and mixed media, exhibiting her artwork in numerous galleries and museums. Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications such as the New York Times and Hoy, a Spanish language newspaper.
Additionally, she worked as a House sculptor for Izquierdo Studios, making props and costumes for theater, commercials, and music videos. Simultaneously, Gabriela began her career as a teaching artist as well as learning about Arts Integration. She worked with Learning through an Expanded Arts Program and Arts Horizons, where she taught in all 5 boroughs of NYC. This developed into working full-time as an art teacher and while working with Community Center School at PS 16, she received a Parents As Arts Partners grant from the Center for Arts Education.
After 10 years, she moved to Granby, CT where she received a grant from the Granby Education Foundation to work with the Holcomb Farm Learning Center and local middle school students to create Pit firings. In 2008 she moved to Springfield, MA to become the Arts Integration Magnet Resource Teacher for Gérman Gerena Community School. Here she worked with students and staff to create numerous parent events and performances. As their AIMRT, she worked with Smith College and many community-based organizations, meeting Priscilla Kane Hellweg.
Gabriela continued her Arts Integrated work with Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative as a curriculum coach, developing and implementing numerous arts integrated programs. Prior to joining Enchanted full-time Gabriela had been the visual arts teacher at Indian Orchard Elementary utilizing an Arts Integrated approach in her classroom.
Becoming a teaching artist for Enchanted has given her numerous opportunities to collaborate and connect with students, teachers, and the community to create “artwork beyond walls” and speak about her Arts Integrated work. Some of the work can be seen on her website http://www.imaginartology.com, check out the Connecting Points interview by WGBY and learn about Storm Drain advocacy in Holyoke!
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” I learned many ways to focus children’s attention using quick activities. I gained suggestions for ways to stimulate discussion and expand vocabulary and oral language for my ESL students.”
~ Holyoke Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher