Elisa Gargarella is Director and co-creator of the Art Bomb Brigade. She is responsible for key management, designing programming, fundraising, and community outreach. Elisa is creator and Director of the award winning Arts LIFT program, a long standing summer arts residency for urban high school students. Dr. Gargarella is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Art Education program at the University of Akron. She began teaching at UA in 2001 after earning a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Studies from the University of Akron; an MA in Education from Chatham College; and a BA in Communications with a Minor in Studio Art from Denison University.