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recreational therapist , art educator

Simone Bernette Alter-Muri, American art educator, recreational therapist. License mental health counselor, Massachusetts; registered art therapist. Named Art Educator of Year in higher education, Massachusetts Art Education Association, 2003-2004.


Alter-Muri, Simone Bernette was born on March 17, 1954 in Bronx, New York, United States. Daughter of George Alter and Harriett (Marshall) Alter Graicerstein.


Bachelor in Psychology and Art, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1976. Master of Education in Expressive Art Therapy, Lesley College, 1979. Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Creative Behavior, University Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990.


Art therapist Massachusetts Mental Health Center, 1978-1980, Pace School, Braintree, Massachusetts, 1980-1985. Supervisor student teaching University Massachusetts, Amherst, 1985-1988, instructor, teaching fellow special education human development, 1985-1990. Senior lecturer II, Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1990—1992.

Professor art, program director Our Lady of Elms College, Chicopee, since 1990. Professor, program director art education/art therapy programs Springfield (Massachusetts) College, since 1991. Instructor Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1982-1983.

Art therapist Northampton (Massachusetts) Center for Children and Families, 1987, Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1992-1993. Adjunct professor psychology Holyoke (Massachusetts) Community College, 1984-1989. Instructor sociology Greenfield, Community College, 1985-1988.

Member faculty Curry College, 1984, Tufts University, 1981-1984, Bunker Hill Community College, 1981-1984, Art Institute Boston, 1982-1983. Instructor Worcester, Framingham, DeCordova, Danfort, Fitchburg art museum. Art therapist consultant Mentor Program, Hatfield, Massachusetts, 2002-2004.

Consultant, conference presenter in field.


  • License mental health counselor, Massachusetts. Registered art therapist.


  • Other Work

    • Exhbited in numerous group shows including Cornerstone Gallery, New Jersey, Hatfield Gallery, New Jersey, Eastmount Gallery, Mass, Forbes Library. Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts, faculty show Springfield College, Leverett Arts Center, Eastmount Gallery, Easthampton, Massachusetts.


Board directors Massachusetts Very Special Arts, Holyoke, 1988, Arts Advisory Council Department Education Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Member American Art Therapy Association (registered art therapist 1980, New England affiliate board, chair 2001-2003, chair scholarship committee 2003^, chair membership committee and scholarship committee), New England Art Therapists (educational chairman, vice president, board directors 1992-1993), National Art Education Association, National Association Education Young Children, Alpha Sigma Lambda.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, drawing, hiking, creating art with children.


Married Samuel Muri, July 15, 1984. Children: Georgina, Francesco.

George Alter Graicerstein

Harriett (Marshall) Alter Graicerstein

Samuel Muri

Georgina Alter-Muri

Francesco Alter-Muri