Introducing Gayna Hoffman, ACA’s New Director of Education

Please join us in welcoming Gayna Hoffman to the Arlington Center for the Arts!

Gayna Hoffman is thrilled to be taking over the helm of ACA's Education Programs

Gayna Hoffman is thrilled to be taking over the helm of ACA’s Education Programs

Gayna recently joined ACA as Education Director and will oversee all educational programming, including arts classes for kids, teens, adults, and seniors and the popular vacation arts program for children aged 4-16.  She is thrilled to be stepping into the vibrant culture of ACA, and looks forward to finding new ways to collaborate with the local community, in Arlington and beyond.

Gayna comes to ACA with a rich and varied background in the arts and education.  A professional photographer for over 30 years, Gayna has received five Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants for photography exhibits, and her photographs have appeared  in the National Geographic Kids book, “Cherry Blossoms Say Spring” and Gourmet Magazine.

The summer after graduating from college, she taught in Nairobi, Kenya at Mama Ngina’s Children’s Home. It was there that she began her life long interest in photography and travel.

Gayna has worked in educational publishing for more than 25 years, as a photo coordinator and photo researcher for major educational textbook publishers including: Pearson Education, National Geographic School Publishing, Macmillan, Brown Publishing Network, and Houghton Mifflin.

Gayna is a strong believer in the power of community arts.  She was a co-founding member and advisory committee member at Stoneham Creates Community Arts Center.

One of Gayna’s short-term goals at ACA is to develop new opportunities for adults and seniors.  “We’re in an interesting time now,” says Gayna, “Where the word ‘senior’ is starting to mean more than one thing — we have this whole baby boomer generation, coming into or nearing retirement, but they’re active and interested in expanding their horizons and trying something new.  The ACA is a great, supportive, place to do that. We have classes for all levels.  I want to hear from those folks about what they’d like to see here at the Arlington Center for the Arts.”

Got an idea?
Gayna would love to hear from you! 

“ I love meeting new people of all ages and talking to them about their interest in the arts and the kinds of classes that teach them new ways to express their creativity.”

Feel free to contact Gayna with your questions or ideas.

Gayna loves doing candid portraits.  Here are some of her “Faces of Italy.”  To see Gayna’s photographic work, visit her websitehttp://www.gaynahoffman.com

WaiterSmileVert_6140cwElderly Sicilian woman pausing from sweeping, holding her broom. Sicilian_Fisherman_5475cw Elderly Sicilian woman. Sicily, Italy

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