Brenna Fisher is an artist and early childhood educator interested in how artistic expression can be used to foster empathy, connection, and community. Facing a pandemic 7 months pregnant, Brenna chose to leave her teaching job and become a full-time artist and mother. During this new chapter, Brenna continues to use art as a tool for self-research as her identity folds, compresses, and reforms.
Previously, she collaborated to create a “compassionate curriculum” while teaching 3 and 4-year-olds in New York City. During that time she attended Hunter College and completed her graduate research in Early Childhood Education. Her thesis investigated the ways drawing promotes social justice work in early childhood settings. She continues this research, and her overarching goal of supporting authentic and imaginative art practices, by leading art workshops with educators in early childhood settings.
Prior to classroom teaching, Brenna also developed and oversaw visual arts programming as the art director of Kingsley Pines Camp and worked as a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in NYC. Brenna’s undergraduate education took place at the College of Wooster where she graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in English. During this time her artwork focused on the relationship between landscape and personal narrative. While at Wooster, she also participated in the New York Arts Program as an intern for Bruce Pearson, Nancy Bowen, and Daniel Zeller. Her experience with NYAP, and particularly with her mentor Emilie Clark, taught her how to sustain her art through any transition.