Jason Springer has been the Education Director at the Umbrella since 2012. During his stewardship of the program, Jason has sought to offer a foundation of classes and workshops that give experiences in the arts that enrich and enliven the broad interests and needs of our community. Of particular note are the expanded programs for families and our popular camps and school vacation week programs. Jason has lead the effort to broaden scope of arts education at The Umbrella from fine art studio education to include various craft arts and maker experiences. Jason is always looking to empower artists and creative people and to build community through mission driven programs and through strategic partnerships. He is very excited to fulfil the promise and potential of our new education classrooms and maker space.
In addition, Jason has taught the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a Museum Educator in the Artful Adventures program, from 2005-2020. Prior to his full-time position at the Umbrella, he was responsible for bringing arts education and studio practice to Boston area organizations as a Community Arts Initiative Liaison and as an instructor trained to bring art to children and families in hospital settings as part of the Artful Healing program. Jason has a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from UMass Amherst.
Jason believes that the arts can bring joy and a variety of meaningful contributions to an individual and a community and views his work at the Umbrella as a providing opportunities for creativity, play, and enrichment.