Country: United States
City: Haverhill
Industry: Visual Arts
Professional Title: Emily Boulger, A.A., BFA., BIA, MEd., MSd., EdD ABD, Art Director and Owner of Shoe Town Art Center, Autism Specialist and Educator
Specialties: oil painting gilding ceramics drawing

- About -

Emily grew up in Haverhill Massachusetts. She then moved to New York City, studied fine arts at Fashion Institute of Technology and received her associates in arts, attended School of Visual Arts and received a bachelor of fine arts minoring in art therapy and art history. Emily then attended Endicott College for a master in education in moderate disabilities, shortly after went to UMASS Lowell and earned a degree in behavior intervention in autism and special education. She also earned a masters degree of education in visual arts and learning at Endicott College in 2011. Emily is working towards a doctorate degree in Education. Emily is considered a practitioner and currently researches art assessment and assessing core curricula with visual arts. She regularly speaks at various international conferences on these topics. ​ Emily has worked as special educator, a behavior specialist and a program coordinator for about 14 years. Since then she has been working primarily as an art educator. Her philosophy involves using a muti-sensory approach based on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory and Applied Behavioral Analysis in her instruction. In 2009 she was recognized for her teaching and was awarded "2008 Special Education Art Educator of the Year" by the National Arts and Education Association. ​ Emily has works hard to get all her students involved in art and created a variety of multi disciplinary curricula based on the National and Massachusetts frameworks. The Massachusetts Department of Education awarded her the “Promising Practices Grant” featuring her curricula on their website as an example. She has organized many art exhibits and collaboration pieces for the students and communities she serves. Connecting the Community Through the Arts is a collaborative mural now displayed in the downtown area of her home city Haverhill that involved over 600 participants, and is actively participating in current Haverhill public arts projects.