Henry Barnard’s Mulcahey receives 2011-12 Bucci Family Award

Christine Mulcahey, a professor at the Henry Barnard School, is the recipient of the Bucci Family Award for 2011-12. Mulcahey, who received the award for excellence in teaching, has been an art educator at Henry Barnard since 1989, and has also served as an adjunct member of the Art Department during that time.

Christine Mulcahey is joined by Lou Lloyd-Zannini, principal of Henry Barnard School, left, and Alexander Sidorkin, dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, as she receives the 2011-12 Bucci Family Award.
For 20 years she has directed RIC’s SummerArt program of workshops for children ages 5-16. She is the author of eight publications, including the 2009 book “The Story in the Picture: Inquiry and Artmaking with Young Children, ” in which she examined the ways teachers can use the art in conversations and to foster creativity in their students.

She has also given 30 presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences.

One of her nominators stated: “Chris clearly gives freely of her knowledge, time and resources. She is an invaluable asset to our school and I know I can always depend on her to help me find ways to incorporate art into my curriculum. Each year Chris coordinates “Celebrating the Arts Night” at HBS. It is an overwhelming project, but she gives freely of her time and energy. It is most rewarding for her to see the children’s faces as they point out their professionally displayed art work to their family members.”

The Bucci Family Award, presented annually since 2005, was created by family, friends and colleagues of John A. Bucci upon his retirement as dean of RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

The award’s purpose is to encourage, promote and celebrate academic excellence, scholarship and service to schools and agencies of Rhode Island by the faculty of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. An award is made annually on a rotating basis for teaching, scholarship/service, and to a faculty member of the Henry Barnard School.