Welcome to tovaspeter.com!

As an artist I have many jobs and wear many hats. A normal week for me might include leading a community mural project in a school, training teachers about how to use the art-making process as a tool for learning, painting a picnic table outside for others to enjoy, planning a collaborative art experience for a gala, making art with clients as an art therapist, AND creating my own art in my studio, and then it's only Tuesday! (Most likely, I am not using my time to update my website, thanks for your continued patience.) The common theme throughout all of my work is my belief that everything and everyone has an inherent beauty that will shine through when the time is taken to shift to a new perspective. 

Upcoming Events:

December 18th
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Brighter Beyond
a collaborative blacklight experience

I've been leading workshops in 10 schools with over 180 students and am installing a giant glowing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Museum admission is free from 4 pm - 10 pm. One night only, find me in the Riley Seminar Room!

Read more on Boston.com - as my installation is part of this Hanukkah event named one of the best Hanukkah celebrations in the country! And on JewishBoston.com - where my installation is shared with a bit more detail.


March 2nd - April 5th
Gorse Mill Gallery, Needham

a chain of painting, poetry, mosaic, and assemblage

Interpretations by Tova Speter, Maya Bernstein, Emily Bhargava and Maria Beatriz Arvelo

Mark your calendars for an opening reception Sunday March 8th and artist talk/celebration Sunday March 29th.

Other News:  

Disclaimer: Bear with me as some of my creations (my two young kids) are not allowing me to update my website as often as I would like....

* I led a poetry/art project for National Poetry Month, helping 66 participants create art in a response to a poem that focused on the theme of freedom.

* I'm now on Instagram! Follow me here

* I worked with over 130 middle school students whose artwork contributed to a large scale installation I created at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

* I recently moved into a new art studio space in Needham. Check it out here.

* In 2018 I facilitated community projects at a Newton afterschool program, a Burlington residence for older adults, a Beverly school for students with moderate to severe special needs, and an intergenerational mural in Dedham.

* In the summer of 2017 I facilitated an international community mural project with over 50 Jewish and Arab participants in Northern Israel. Pics coming soon...

* In 2016-17 I worked as the artist-in-residence at three of the Justice Resource Institute's therapeutic schools in Massachusetts. Pics coming soon... 

* I completed painting another piano (my third!) for a festival in Boston in the fall of 2016. VIDEO: The Making of My Street Piano Previous painted pianos were on display in Boston in 2013 and in Newton in May 2016.

* Past projects include a collaborative art installation with older adults in Newton, an intergenerational mural with middle school students and older adults in Framingham, window displays in two Boston restaurants, facilitated art experiences at the MFA and at a corporate gala event, mural projects at summer camps and more... 

* AWARD! I was honored by being one of three people in the country identified as a future leader in the field of art and healing. Read more about my Arts & Healing Network Award here.

* VIDEOS! I was featured in a mini documentary about my painted piano. See a brief two minute teaser here and the full seven minute video here!

* BOOK! Photos of two of my community mural projects were recently selected in a nation-wide competition to be featured on the cover of a new Arts Management textbook! Book is now in print!!

* I have a private practice offering art therapy and mental health counseling services. Find out more here.

* Check out the organization I started called The MEM Project, reaching out to Jewish young adults in the Boston community and beyond.