Edward Pazzanese is the founder and director of Families Creating Together, a Boston-based, award-winning, multi-generational expressive arts program serving children with and without disabilities and their families through innovative workshops and excursions. Staffed by artists with disabilities as positive role models and using diverse modalities such as collage, puppetry, mask-making and story-telling, FCT programs enable participants to discover their artistic voices while creating bonds between children, parents, grandparents and neighbors. In 2013, FCT received the Best Neighbors Award from Arts Learning and has been nominated for a Commonwealth Award.
Ed is an award-winning visual artist and educator with deep roots in community arts and human services programs committed to the inclusion of children, youth and families with a wide range of abilities. He currently teaches “Arts Infusion in the Early Childhood Education Curriculum” at Urban College of Boston and earlier held a three-year Teaching Artist Residency at the William Henderson Elementary School in Dorchester, MA. He co-developed the “Story-telling for All Ages” program at Spontaneous Celebrations, Jamaica Plain, MA. He has held fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital and the National Endowment for the Arts.
He is nationally recognized as a disability rights advocate and was the first Accessibility Coordinator at Spontaneous Celebrations where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his accessibility work.
Ed holds the BFA degree from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.S. in Education from Wheelock Graduate School of Education in Boston, MA.