Artwork Transforms Weston Council on Aging

WESTON – The Weston Council on Aging and The Art Connection have worked together to transform the COA’s space into a more welcoming environment for the community.

 

Through their art donation program, The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 15 original works of art by 12 artists for installation in the various meeting rooms at the COA’s headquarters in the Community Center.

 

At an Oct. 20 art reception celebrating the new installation, the COA board chair, Laura Efron, said “The Weston Council on Aging is all about enhancing the lives of Weston seniors. We do this in many ways and today with the help of The Art Connection, our space has an added dimension of warmth that is very welcoming.

 

“We hope that the donated art will provide an opportunity for conversations and reflection. We are grateful to Weston resident Alisa Taylor-Kapoor who has been our connection to this project. We also want to convey our appreciation to the members of the art selection committee and to Florentine Frames of Weston for their assistance with framing.”

 

Chaired by Joan Parrish, the members involved in the process were Amy Chapman, Marty Carlock, Elizabeth Fawcett, Pat Jensen, Herb Randle, MaryJo Rines and Candace Steingisser.
Drawn from the community, staff and board members, this committee chose works in a variety of media by Greater Boston area artists and collectors. Images of the artworks are available on request.

 

The Art Connection builds connections between artists and their communities by bringing art to community organizations – clinics, youth and senior service programs, job training centers, shelters and residential programs, and more.

 

The Art Connection identifies artists willing to donate their work, catalogs the works for presentation to prospective recipients, helps agencies access the appropriate work, and teaches them to care for the art. These works of art are then the permanent property of the organizations.

 

In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing. This simple but powerful idea has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities.

 

Over the past 14 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of more than 4,300 works by 270 artists into 280 qualifying public and nonprofit organizations.

 

For more information about getting involved with The Art Connection (www.theartconnection.org), contact Jim McDonald, executive director, at 617-338-7668 or jmcdonald@theartconnection.org.