About

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Greetings! And welcome to a creative space where joyful learning is documented and shared.
My name is MaryJo Allegra and I have been teaching Visual Arts for 16 years and I currently teach Studio Art to children ages 3-12 at a private school on Long Island.
I received a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Painting from Pratt Institute and an MA in Arts and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and hold a NY State certification in K-12 Visual Arts. I have studied at the world-renowned preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and experienced first-hand how language, environment and access to tools can empower children to become life-long learners. A believer in the power of the arts, I have developed and organized art events from inner-city school programs to fundraisers, such as Empty Bowls and Draw-a-thons, that engage children in the creative process while also serving their local community. I am passionate about art and teaching and am invested in utilizing research in mind/brain development and Equity and Inclusion to build and maintain an engaging and safe, creative learning environment for learners of all ages. An inherent humanist, I am eager to share my ideas about what works in  education with you through this blog.

Inspiration is all around! Please visit MY BLOG for insight into developing a creative workspace and promoting artistic exploration in your home or classroom. Visit ArtEngine to learn more about to implement a growth mindset in your learning space. Feed your artistic curiosity (Please Note art-engine.org is currently undergoing maintenance).

Thank You for stopping by.
Have a colorful day!  -MJ

3 responses to “About

  1. Loving the way you think and share your thoughts about art and teaching, MJ. Hope all is well!

  2. Margaret Solan

    Mary Jo, hi! Love your blog site. You are so inspirational and creative.

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