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Young Adults Recovering from Substance Abuse Welcomed with Art in South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, MA – The Young Adult Recovery Destination (YARD) Project celebrated their project start up last week on March 24, 2010. The YARD Project is a collaboration of the Institute for Health and Recovery, the Gavin Foundation, and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery, to serve young adults (18-24) in recovery from substance abuse. Working with Boston-area artists, The Art Connection donated 16 original works of art by 14 different artists for installation in the YARD Project’s new home in South Boston. YARD Project staff hope that the art will create an environment that symbolizes freedom from a life of addiction and a life of possibilities and wonder for the young adults participating in their program.

 

YARD is a journey, delivering evidence-based practices in the community to young adults at all stages of treatment & recovery, as well as their support system & families, looking at replacing destructive behaviors with healthy, positive choices. YARD is a destination, providing a comfortable space for young adults in recovery to come and attend healthy activities with people their own age over coffee, meet with peer mentors, hang out during posted open hours, and enjoy a variety of drug- and alcohol-free social activitie  s.

 

“This is an amazing gift to our community,” said Anna-Ellen Lenart, project coordinator at YARD, “The Art Connection is a great program behind a powerful idea to connect organizations like ours to artists who live and work right in our area.” Ryan Mahoney, a board member, described the art selection for YARD as a transformative experience. “It felt like I had a new set of eyes,” Mahoney said.

 

YARD Project staff, clients, and board members chose works in a variety of media by Greater Boston area artists: Alia Aly, Prilla Smith Brackett, Jessica Burko, Laura Evans, Suzanne Hodes, Jennifer Hughes, Silvina Mizrahi, Karen Moss, Frances Pratt, Michael Rizzo and Annie Silverman, as well as work from collectors Hans and Herta Loeser and work by California artist Julie Brown Smith. Images of the artworks are available on request.

 

The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. This simple but powerful idea has resulted in hundreds of installations into scores of organizations, giving those who often have the least access to art direct contact in their own communities. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope.

 

The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, visit The Art Connection’s website theartconnection.org, email info@theartconnection.org, or call (617) 338-7668.

 

The Institute for Health and Recovery, led by Dr. Norma Finkelstein, is a statewide service, research, policy, and program development agency. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health problems, and violence/trauma. The Gavin Foundation, led by John McGahan,provides a balance of free services to the community.

 

Philosophically, the Foundation is committed to the treatment of alcohol and other drug use disorders regarded as illnesses treatable with Motivation Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Twelve Step Facilitation.

Christmas Comes Early for Holy Family Hospital Foundation

Year-End Grants to Fund Breast Health, Elder Programs, Artwork

December 24, 2009 – Methuen, MA – Holy Family Hospital’s Foundation today announced three generous holiday season resource grants by Merrimack Valley benefactors that will enhance patient services and the Hospital facility:

 

 

  • Abbot and Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation: The private family foundation from North Andover has directed a grant to begin development of Holy Family’s new Breast Center Navigator Program. This will provide newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with proactive support and guidance to counseling and clinical resources, including the Hospital’s groundbreaking  Trilogy Stereotactic precision radiography system.
  • The Art Connection: This consortium of artists from the Greater Boston area has donated 20 original works by thirteen artists: Jessica Burko, Roberto Castro, John Guthrie, Jean Hause, JoAnne Hungate, Faith Hyde, David Kupferman, Leslie Miller, Candy Nartonis, Cora Roth, Radana Safarikova, and Cassandra Tondro. The artwork will be installed for public enjoyment in the Hospital’s new Main Lobby, the Solarium and in various waiting areas.
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation: Focused on improving the lives of adults 60 and over, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation provides funding for Holy Family’s Osteoporosis Education, Prevention, & Exercise program, a fall prevention and Osteoporosis management program for under-served older adults. “Each of these organizations has validated our 60-years of service to New Hampshire and Massachusetts families and these grants will each meaningfully improve access to physical and social health services for our patients, said the Foundation’s Chief Development Officer Catherine Philbin. “These grants are gifts, arriving during a season which celebrates the community of family and they exemplify community-based partners working together.”

 

Tova Speter, program manager at The Art Connection added: “We are thrilled to be able to connect donated original artwork with its new appreciative home in Holy Family Hospital, where the art will evoke emotional reactions and give hope to patients as they pursue health, well-being, and recovery. Many thanks go out to our generous art donors who make our program possible by sharing their creative spirit with under-served communities.”

 

“This year’s grant recipients represent innovative, community-based programs that are truly making a difference in our neighborhoods,” said David Abelman, executive director, Tufts Heath Plan Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with each organization to ensure that we are expanding access to critical services.” These grants arrive on the cusp of the Foundation’s expected 2010 announcement of a multi-year capital giving campaign to fund important facility and service initiatives. Online year-end tax-deductible car, monetary and auction donations can be easily made online on the “Ways of Volunteering & Giving” page of the Holy Family Hospital website: www.caritasholyfamily.org, or by calling Catherine Philbin at: (978) 687-0151 X2487.

 

About Holy Family Hospital Foundation The Holy Family Hospital Foundation works to endow the medical services, technologies and facilities of Holy Family Hospital, a 271-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital. Holy Family has proudly cared for the community for 60 years, serving 450,000 residents from 20 communities across the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill and Salem, NH. Holy Family is fully accredited and has proudly received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of patient care.

 

Media Contact: Danielle Perry Caritas Holy Family Hospital Danielle.Perry@caritaschristi.org (978) 687-0156 x2720

The Art Connection – 2009 Press Releases

Hope House Makes The Art Connection!

 

Hope House is celebrating their new art collection made possible by The Art Connection with a luncheon on November 19, 2009. Working with Boston-area artists, The Art Connection donated 20 original works of art for placement throughout Hope House’s new center in Roxbury, MA.

 

The Art Connection Attracts New Directors

 

The Art Connection, a not-for-profit that connects artists and donors to community service organizations through placement of original artwork, announced today three new directors to their board. The directors are Ildiko Szabo, Director of Community Life at Youville House Assisted Living Residence in Cambridge, David Greenberg, a health care operations consultant with Balon Process Management, and Bob Savage, Finance Manager of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. And, Dr. Mary Coogan has returned to her role as board chair for The Art Connection.

 

Malden Residents Invited to Community Mural Input Event

 

The City of Malden is reaching out to all local residents for their ideas and suggestions for a community mural project. Residents will be asked to weigh in on possible locations and potential themes for a community mural at a public input event scheduled for Thursday evening, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John & Christina Markey Malden Senior Community Center, 7 Washington St., in Malden Square.

 

Artwork Transforms Weston Council on Aging

 

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.

 

The Art Connection Receives Mural Planning Grant from NEFA’s Fund for the Arts

 

The Art Connection’s Engaging Communities Mural Project has obtained $8,400 from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Fund for the Arts Planning Grant. Led by artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Canas , the series of workshops supported by the fund will actively engage community participants from partnering organizations and encourage them to ‘get their hands dirty’ as they collaborate in defining an aesthetic that represents their community.

 

Eclectic Art Inspires Residents at Covenant House

 

Covenant House collaborated with The Art Connection to bring an eclectic assortment of art to their home. The artwork, now hanging in the entry, elevator lobbies, hallways, and meeting rooms, enlivens the spaces, promotes socialization, and helps the building look more like a home.

 

Art Breathes Life into Malden’s New Senior Community Center

 

The Art Connection and the City of Malden collaborated to bring art to life in Malden’s new Senior Community. Seniors will be surrounded by beautiful pieces of art breathing life into the newly renovated Center, formerly the Centre United Methodist Church. The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 19 original works by 15 artists for the dramatic installation.

Hope House Makes The Art Connection!

BOSTON, MA –Hope House is celebrating their new art collection made possible by The Art Connection with a luncheon on November 19, 2009. Working with Boston-area artists, The Art Connection donated 20 original works of art for placement throughout Hope House’s new center in Roxbury, MA.

 

Established in 1955, Hope House is a non-profit residential drug and alcohol treatment center for men. “We have recently constructed and moved to a new 35,000 square foot building,” said Hope House executive director Tom Duffly, “We are pleased with the artwork provided by The Art Connection for our new facility. The positive impact the photographs and paintings have made for our clients and staff is terrific.”

 

“The Art Connection is proud to have taken part in transforming this large space into more of a home, especially since the residents in treatment often transition from prison, homeless shelters, or the street,” said Mary Coogan, Board Chair of the Art Connection.

The special luncheon serves as an opportunity for members of the community to meet the artists and view the donated work in Hope House’s new facility. Members of the press are invited to attend the event on Thursday November 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Hope House, 8 Farnham Street, Boston, MA. Please RSVP to Susan Bradley, Development Director, Hope House 617-971-9360, susanbradley@hopehouseboston.org.

About The Art Connection: The Art Connection connects artists and donors to community service organizations through the placement of original artwork in the Greater Boston area. Over the past 14 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of nearly 5000 works of art into nearly 300 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.theartconnection.org.

 

 

 

Hope House is an 80-bed non-profit residential treatment program for male alcoholics and substance abusers in need of help and willing to commit to recovery. Their mission is to provide effective treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse in safe, secure, community based setting. Clients learn the skills necessary to live a substance free life, obtain gainful employment, return to their families, and become productive members of their community.

The Art Connection Receives Mural Planning Grant from NEFA’s Fund for the Arts Press Release

BOSTON – The Art Connection’s Engaging Communities Mural Project has obtained $8,400 from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Fund for the Arts Planning Grant. Led by artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Canas, the series of workshops supported by the fund will actively engage community participants from partnering organizations and encourage them to ‘get their hands dirty’ as they collaborate in defining an aesthetic that represents their community. The process will culminate with a unique painted mural in each of three selected communities: Chinatown, Roxbury, and Malden.

 

Both lead artists have established reputations as community mural artists and successfully led three NEFA-funded mural projects with The Art Connection in 2006 as well as countless others on their own. Of the funded planning project, Tova Speter says, “This mural project proposal seeks to share this experience with agencies that work so hard for their communities; partially as a way to expose people to the artistic process and partially as an offering for clients/staff to come together to create a lasting monument of gratitude and pride for the service that has been offered to their community. Facilitating the collaborative works is rewarding for me as an artist, in that I am able to share the artistic process with others who in turn are able to share their artistic process with the greater community.”

 

About The Art Connection – The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Since its inception in 1995, this unique art-gifting program has supported 264 agencies in their personal selection of more than 3,900 works of art by 262 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at www.theartconnection.org.

The Art Connection Attracts New Directors

BOSTON – November 2009 – The Art Connection, a not-for-profit that connects artists and donors to community service organizations through placement of original artwork, announced today three new directors to their board. The directors are Ildiko Szabo, Director of Community Life at Youville House Assisted Living Residence in Cambridge, David Greenberg, a health care operations consultant with Balon Process Management, and Bob Savage, Finance Manager of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. And, Dr. Mary Coogan has returned to her role as board chair for The Art Connection.

 

“I am delighted to have such strong talent joining the board of The Art Connection,” said Coogan. “Their experience as recipients of artwork through The Art Connection for their own organizations and the depth of their individual, professional skills will be valuable additions to the work of our board as we move into our 15th year.”

 

The Art Connection’s current Board is comprised of seventeen directors: two artists including founder, Fay Chandler, business professionals in finance, marketing, and law, two small business entrepreneurs, an arts consultant, seven non-profit professionals, and board chair Mary Coogan, psychotherapist and artist. Over its fourteen-year history, The Art Connection has been extremely fortunate to recruit some of its most passionate advocates from the communities and organizations where it has facilitated its permanent art donations.

 

 

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.

Journey

The Shattuck Hospital provides cost effective health care to diverse, economically/socially disadvantaged, and underserved patients. Located in Jamaica Plain, the hospital has inpatient care for the chronically and severely mentally ill, programs for those struggling with substance abuse, and services for patients with chronic conditions, those being treated for infectious diseases such as HIV/TB, geriatric psych patients with behavior issues, those with a range of mental health diagnoses, and those struggling with addiction and homelessness. Under the direction of artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee (and with the help of volunteer artist Sarah Mertz), patients, clinical staff, administrators, and volunteers from the Shattuck came together to design and paint a community mural representing themes of hope, metamorphosis, recovery, discovery, and diversity. “Journey” now welcomes patients at the outpatient entrance of the hospital with color and creativity.
Mural completed September 2009.

Journey Mural at ShattuckWall at Shattuck before the mural
A dedication event celebrated the mural on Monday October 19 at 4 pm. Click here for the flyer with more information…

 

This mural was made possible due to a generous grant from the John and Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation.

 

 

 

Check out the slide show below or by clicking here to view on Flickr…..

Wine Tastings

The Art Connection held two Wine Tasting events in 2009 to reach out to new friends and fundraise towards the Matching Gift Fund. Betsy and Sam enjoy the event!

 

In March, 33 new friends of The Art Connection gathered to enjoy a cultural celebration of art, music, food, and wine hosted by Art Connection director Jim McDonald and wife Joni. Those in attendance learned what grapes make up Champagne (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and that their gifts would be matched by our matching gift fund!

You can view more party pics online here to see the fun that was had with a double blind wine tasting and more!

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Mmm...wine!

In June, 15 new friends gathered at The Art Connection office to enjoy our first office art show featuring donated works by Cora Roth, while researching an answer to the age-old question: what type of wine goes better with pizza – red or white? Judging by the chanting of the group, the Barbera seemed to win, although there were a few nods to beer as well.

 

Interested in attending a future Art Connection Wine Tasting? Email us and let us know!

 

 

Artist BBQ 2009

75+ artists and friends were in attendance for The Art Connection’s 4th annual Artist BBQ on June 18, 2009. It may have been raining outside, but it didn’t keep the party from raging inside! Artists enjoying the BBQGuests enjoying the BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed the poetry of executive director Jim McDonald, great food (mmm… cheese ring bologna), Marian and JB’s beautiful home, and an installation of fun answers to a series of artist-inspired questions. Here are some examples of responses that made the top 5:

 

Installation of Artist Answers at the BBQ
If you could have any superpower as an artist, what would it be?
5. Brushes to magically wash themselves.
4. Strength to carry a ton of work.
3. The ability to ignore what other people think.
2. To be able to be in my studio AND other places at the same time.
1. To grant artists the ability to make their livings by making art!

 

What inspires your art?
5. Scotch and Soda.
4. Every day.
3. Nature and music.
2. Life.
1. Anything and everything.Guests enjoying the BBQ

 

 

 

Please complete the sentence: My art allows me to…
5. …worry incessantly about money 🙂
4. …express yourself in a way words do not.
3. …both to be my best self, and to lose myself altogether.
2. …breathe!
1. …feel like I’m alive!

 

Wanna see more pics of the event? Click here.

The Art Connection – Eclectic Art Inspires Residents at Covenant House Press Release

Art Exhibit Opening Planned on March 24th; Special Artist Guest Speaker

 

BOSTON / BRIGHTON – Covenant House collaborated with The Art Connection to bring an eclectic assortment of art to their home. The artwork, now hanging in the entry, elevator lobbies, hallways, and meeting rooms, enlivens the spaces, promotes socialization, and helps the building look more like a home. Covenant House staff and residents partook in the art selection process, viewing 300 artworks before finding just the right art to represent the diverse and multi-cultural nature of their home. The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 19 original works by artists for the dramatic installation.

 

Catrina Inzerillo, Covenant House’s Fitness and Activities Coordinator, said of the art selection process, “As we put together the art selection committee, we realized that this was going to be a really positive experience. Our committee shared a common goal; to choose pieces that would best suit our diverse population.”

 

For the past twenty-five years, Covenant House has provided quality, affordable housing for low-income elderly. Covenant House is home to a multi-cultural family with Russian, Chinese, English and Spanish speaking groups. In an attempt to breakdown language barriers, music, art, and movement are incorporated into their programs. Their vision has been to enable the elderly to have productive and enriching experiences throughout all of their years. Covenant House staff seeks to inspire its residents to appreciate artistic differences and become open to exploring a range of art and, perhaps even, their own unique inner artist.

 

Covenant House recently completed their installation of artwork acquired through The Art Connection. On Tuesday, March 24, Covenant House will host an Art Exhibit Opening from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm . Speaking at the art opening will be donating artist, Faith Hyde, who will talk about her art, her artistic inspirations, and her commitment to giving back to her community through The Art Connection’s art-gifting program. Of the 19 artworks selected by Covenant House, four of them were donated by Faith who says, “It’s a privilege to be included, to see these places, and meet the people involved. It’s entering a world and meeting people I would never otherwise see or know.”

 

As of this year, Faith has joined The Art Connection’s 100 club having donated 154 artworks to 48 Boston area community organizations in the past five years. Her lively caricatures, based on the people she comes across while out and about, inspire smiles at the many nonprofit agencies where her art resides.

 

Faith comments, “Helping people is very enriching for the artist, not only for the people who get the artwork. Participating in the art-gifting program helps me to be a better artist because it gives me an audience, helps me understand other communities, and gives the gift of compassion that you might not have noticed otherwise. I think I get more out of it than the people who get my art!”

 

Press are invited to attend the Art Exhibit Opening held on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Covenant House, located at 30 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135.

 

Artists or collectors interested in donating art and nonprofit organizations interested in receiving art should contact The Art Connection for more information. All financial gifts by new donors will be doubled as part of the Harvest & Seed Fund Matching Gift program. The Art Connection can be reached at 617-338-7668 or online at www.theartconnection.org.

The Art Connection – Art Breathes Life into Malden’s New Senior Community Center Press Release

Grand Opening Ceremony Planned on January 24th; New Artwork on View

 

BOSTON / MALDEN – The Art Connection and the City of Malden collaborated to bring art to life in Malden’s new Senior Community. Seniors will be surrounded by beautiful pieces of art breathing life into the newly renovated Center, formerly the Centre United Methodist Church. The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 19 original works by 15 artists for the dramatic installation.

 

The Malden Senior Community Center provides programs, services, and activities for Malden seniors to enhance their quality of life. A wide variety of programs are created for the mind, body and spirit to help elders live longer, safer, and healthier in their own community. The Senior Center recently completed their installation of artwork acquired through The Art Connection. On Saturday, January 24, the City of Malden will host a Grand Opening Ceremony from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm . Attending the ceremony are Malden’s Mayor Richard C. Howard, U. S. Congressman Ed Markey,members of Malden City Government, and the Senior Center Building Committee. The new Senior Center is being dedicated to U. S. Congressman Ed Markey’s parents. Residents and friends of Malden’s Senior Community Center are welcome to attend.

 

Christine M. DiPietro, the City of Malden’s director of human services, said of the art selection process, “The generosity of the artists and their commitment to bring art to people who may not have the opportunity to experience the pleasure of original art is incredible. We are so proud to be chosen as a site to display these works.”

 

Interested artists or collectors and nonprofit organizations should contact The Art Connection for more information on the art-gifting program. The Art Connection can be reached at 617-338-7668 or online at www.theartconnection.org.

 

Press are invited to attend The Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, January 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Malden’s Senior Community Center, located at 7 Washington Street, Malden, MA 02148.

 

About The Art Connection – The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Since its inception in 1995, this unique art-gifting program has supported 264 agencies in their personal selection of more than 3,900 works of art by 262 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at www.theartconnection.org.

Students Give Voice in Selecting Art to Beautify School

BOSTON/ROXBURY – Imagine walking through visually barren hallways seeing little more than a few bulletins posted on pale colored walls. Then envision that same space energized with vibrant and thought-provoking works of art. Students from City on a Hill Charter School in Roxbury had the opportunity to transform their space by participating in a lively and engaging art selection process as they worked together to make choices to beautify their school with original art.

 

The mission of City on a Hill Charter School is to graduate responsible, resourceful, and respectful democratic citizens, prepared to advance community, culture, and commerce, and to compete in the 21st century. The democratic process was alive as students participated in an art dialogue involving artworks viewed from a diverse catalog of 300 donated works of art. The group, consisting of five students representing the student body along with three faculty members, joined The Art Connection staff at their school to participate in the art selection process, which ultimately resulted in 11 works of art being selected to beautify the school’s hallways, student spaces, meeting rooms, tutorial areas, and stairwells.

 

Freshman student Toyin Egharevba commented, “I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to advocate for other students about the artwork that should be in the building.”

 

Torraine Humes, a senior, shared his thoughts saying, “It’s very exciting that the students are involved in the process of selecting art to beautify the school, because we have to see these pieces everyday so opinions should be considered.”

 

Artworks are generously donated by artists through The Art Connection, a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations . Through this unique art-gifting program, City on a Hill is able to create a warmer and more stimulating environment for students and faculty.

 

During the art selection process, The Art Connection facilitates a “curatorial meeting”, guiding the participants through a slide show of 300 donated works of art. As each artwork appears on screen, participants are encouraged to express which works resonate with them and share their responses with the group. If there is general consensus, the artwork is put aside for the next round in the selection process. After the catalog has been viewed, and the favored pieces selected, the process continues with greater discussion as the art selections are narrowed further. During the selection a variety of things must be considered, ranging from the size of the available wall space to which pieces are most appropriate for the audience viewing the art daily. On average, 15 works of art will be selected by each organization. As the final choices are decided, the group engages in stimulating and spirited discussion and leaves the meeting with a bit more knowledge and appreciation for varying artworks and the opinions of their peers.

 

City on a Hill anticipates installing the 11 artworks in Spring of 2009, ensuring the seniors who participated in the art selection process have the opportunity to enjoy the art before graduating.

 

Artists or collectors interested in donating art and nonprofit organizations interested in receiving art should contact The Art Connection for more information. All financial gifts by new donors will be doubled as part of the Harvest & Seed Fund Matching Gift program. The Art Connection can be reached at 617-338-7668 or online at www.theartconnection.org .

 

About The Art Connection: The Art Connection connects artists and donors to community service organizations through the placement of original artwork in the Greater Boston area. Over the past 14 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of more than 4000 works of art into 270 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.theartconnection.org.

 

 

The Art Connection – 2008 Press Releases

Youville House Makes the Art Connection

 

The Art Connection and Youville House worked together to transform Youville House into a more welcoming environment for residents, staff, and visitors. The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 13 original works of art by nine artists for a dramatic art installation in the Youville House Atrium.

 

The Art Connection Celebrates Anniversary – “Harvesting the Dream: Seeding the Future”

The Art Connection’s 13th Anniversary event celebrates thirteen years of bringing art to life in Boston. The occasion will provide opportunity for friends, supporters, artists and art recipients to reflect on The Art Connection’s past, celebrate the present, and seed its future. With its fall celebration, The Art Connection will officially launch its 13th Anniversary Fund, a capacity building campaign to help meet demand for this unusual program.

The Art Connection Unveils New Website By Boston Interactive

 

New website site created just in time to promote 13th anniversary event for The Art Connection.

 

Triangle, Inc. Hosts Art Appreciation Open House & Tours

 

Triangle, Inc. in Malden hosted an Art Appreciation Open House with tours of their collection of 55 original works of art provided through The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. More than 25 of the active artists participating in The Art Connection’s donation program have had work selected by Triangle over the past three years.

 

Artist Outreach Event at Mills Gallery

 

The Art Connection hosted an outreach event and reception for local artists at the Mills Gallery in the Boston Center for the Arts. More than 35 area artists assembled to learn about The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program.

The Art Conection – Youville House Makes The Art Connection Press Release

BOSTON / CAMBRIDGE – The Art Connection and Youville House worked together to transform Youville House into a more welcoming environment for residents, staff, and visitors. The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 13 original works of art by nine artists for a dramatic art installation in the Youville House Atrium.

 

Youville House is a nonprofit assisted living residence located in Cambridge and is part of Covenant Health Systems, a New England-wide, health care, elder care and social service system. Their mission is to affirm life to the fullest to the very end of life. They recently completed their installation of artwork acquired through The Art Connection. On Wednesday, November 19, Youville House will host an artist reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm . Residents and friends of Youville House are welcome to attend.

 

Ildiko Szabo, Youville House director of community relations, said of the art selection process, “Selecting the artwork made our residents feel more part of the community, and the process gave them reason for choosing Youville House in the first place, a community where they are involved and where their ideas matter. From around 300 art images we chose 13 works, mostly paintings but also photographs and quilts. We used a several step process of elimination, which went amazingly well.”

 

Press are invited to attend the artist reception on Wednesday November 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Youville House, located at 1573 Cambridge St. Cambridge , MA 02138.

 

About The Art Connection – The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Since its inception in 1995, this unique art gifting program has supported 260 agencies in their personal selection of more than 3700 works of art by 250 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at .

Fall Harvest

 

 

 

September 15, 2008: “Harvesting the Dream: Seeding the Future” On a beautiful late summer evening, partygoers convened at the green Epicenter in South Boston. The space filled with two hundred warm-hearted and art-loving people. The front wall of the building dramatically lifted and the Harvest Party was underway. It was a lovely occasion with music, food and wine flowing, along with welcomes from Board Chairman Henry Goodrow and co-chairs Mary Coogan and Lynn Babington.

 

There was a tribute to Al Chandler and a toast to both Fay Chandler, founder of The Art Connection, and Al, in recognition of their shared birthday. And there were testimonies from artist Marian Dioguardi and art recipient Tony Rello of St. Francis House to the power of art to transform a space and those who inhabit that space. People mingled and met: artists, FOF (friends of Fay), Art Connection board members and staff, art donors and recipients. It was a wonderful party with a great sense of community and commonality! – Artist Ellen Rich

 

With our Fall 2008 celebration, we launched a donor matching campaign to help us meet and increase the demand for our program. Many thanks to all who supported us through our Matching Gift Fund. You helped us raise $97,000 that was doubled through an anonymous gift!

 

Special thanks to Jessica Burko for taking the photos at our event.

 

 

The Art Connection – 13th Anniversary ‘Harvesting the Dream: Seeding the Future’ Press Release

BOSTON, MA – The Art Connection’s 13th Anniversary event, “Harvesting the Dream: Seeding the Future,” will celebrate thirteen years of bringing art to life in Boston. The occasion will provide opportunity for friends, supporters, artists and art recipients to reflect on The Art Connection’s past, celebrate the present, and seed its future. With its fall celebration, The Art Connection will officially launch its 13th Anniversary Fund, a capacity building campaign to help meet demand for this unusual program.

 

Since its inception in 1995, this innovative art gifting program has supported more than 250 community organizations throughout greater Boston in their personal selection of 3500 works of art by more than 250 artist donors and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope.

 

Harvesting The Dream will also serve to honor Al Chandler, who passed away last year, and who became a great advocate for and supporter of The Art Connection. Al Chandler was a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and the Isidor Straus professor of business history, emeritus, at Harvard University. He was named the “dean of American business history” by Financial World magazine in 1991. September 15 would have been Al Chandler’s 90th birthday, and in his honor, a matching gift fund has been established. All gifts by new donors to The Art Connection from August 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 will be matched. In addition any existing donor who wishes to increase his or her gift from last year will have that increase matched as well.

The event will take place at Artist for Humanity’s Epicenter, 100 West Second Street, Boston, from 6 to 9 pm. A short program with entertainment will begin at 7 pm. The event is partially underwritten by Artists For Humanity. Space is limited. Tickets start at $90. To purchase a ticket or to learn more about the event, go to or call The Art Connection at 617.338.7668.

The Art Connection Unveils New Website by Boston Interactive Press Release

New Site Created Just In Time To Promote 13th Anniversary Event

August 1, 2008 – Boston Interactive, a web design and interactive marketing firm, is pleased to announce the launch of The Art Connection’s redesigned website.  The Art Connection is a not-for-profit organization that expands public access to visual art through a unique art donation and placement program to other not-for-profits in the Greater Boston area.

 

The Art Connection partnered with Boston Interactive in order to redesign their website and create an engaging online experience for artists, volunteers, and social services organizations. The new website is a symbol of The Art Connection’s successful placement of over 3500 works of art and was built just in time to promote their 13th anniversary event “Harvesting the Dream, Seeding the Futureâ€. This event, honoring Al Chandler, a lead supporter of The Art Connection, is both a celebration and a fundraiser for the organization.

 

Through a clean and contemporary design and a unique, interactive art gallery, The Art Connection website captures the visitor’s attention and keeps them involved and interested in the organization’s mission. In addition, Boston Interactive developed a method to accept secure donations and register for events online which simplifies the philanthropic process.

 

“The design focus for the new Art Connection website was to quickly convey their innovative solution to get original artwork out into the community and organize their diverse audiences of art donors and recipientsâ€ said Chuck Murphy, founder and CEO of Boston Interactive. “We are thrilled with the results for both the design and the functionality of the Art Connection’s new site, and are proud to have worked with such a unique nonprofit organization right here in Boston.â€

 

“We love our new website!â€ added Jim McDonald, Executive Director of The Art Connection. “Boston Interactive’s talented team created for us a wonderfully functional and fun website that reveals what our art donation and placement program is all about. And they did it quickly, in time to promote our upcoming September fundraiser.â€

 

About Boston Interactive – Boston Interactive is a web design and interactive marketing firm focused on creating effective web-based solutions that deliver a positive impact. Founded in 1999, Boston Interactive has successfully implemented custom interactive solutions for hundreds of clients ranging from mid-sized organizations to Fortune 500 corporations. Boston Interactive understands that the internet is one of the most vital marketing and communications tools in today’s marketplace and strives to promote brand identity and a compelling user experience in every application created using state-of-the-art technologies, proven software solutions, and a personal client focus ensuring online marketing success. More information about Boston Interactive can be found at www.bostoninteractive.com.

 

About The Art Connection – The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Since its inception in 1995, this unique art gifting program has supported 250 agencies in their personal selection of 3500 pieces by 250 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at www.theartconnection.org

Artist BBQ 2008

Special thanks to Ruth Ginsberg-Place, this year’s host of our annual Artist BBQ. We gathered to celebrate the generosity of our art donors who collectively donated over 500 works of art this year! Perfect weather, good food, and good company were in abundance as artists kicked back and enjoyed the evening.

 

BBQ view of back yard Jim at the grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim McDonald, The Art Connection Executive Director was the Grillmaster and served his famous cheese ring bologna to a hungry crowd!

 

Many artists!

 

Artists also participated in an installation identifying their reasons for donating art. Responses included:

“I like knowing my work will get into a location where it will enrich lives.”

“I donate art because it nourishes all of us!”

“It thrills me that people who might otherwise have no access to art may see it, enjoy it, and find an oasis of peace and joy in their lives.”

 

Napoleon and Henry

 

No one left hungry and a good time was had by all. Thanks also to Joe Perkell for the photos and to all those who came. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

 

 

Towards Independent Living & Learning Inc. to Celebrate New Art Installation with Reception

The Art Connection, Inc. and Toward Independent Living & Learning (TILL), Inc. worked together to transform TILL’s Billerica residential day program into a more welcoming environment for clients, staff, and visitors. Through their art donation program, The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 17 original works of art by 14 artists for installation into Till’s Billerica space. TILL Inc. will host a reception to show the new collection and thank the artists on Thursday, May 13, from 1-2pm at their Billerica location, 267 Boston Rd. #1, Billerica, MA 01862.

 

Dafna Krouk-Gordon , President and Founder of TILL, Inc., commented on the difference made by having original artwork hanging on their walls. “The paintings and other original works set a wonderful tone for our space, and our program, with the addition of such vibrant color, imagery, and creativity!”

 

TILL’s staff and clients chose works in a variety of media by Greater Boston area artists: Prilla Smith Brackett, Linda Clave, Laura Evans, Faith Hyde, Steve Klarer, Susan Makin, Shirley Patroll, Florence Putterman, Elizabeth Ryan, Janet Shapero, Maria Termini, Susan Schwalb, Steven Trindade, and Richard B. Williams. Images of the artworks are available on request.

 

TILL had received artwork through The Art Connection in 2008 for their Chelsea location, and they will soon add artwork to their program in Hudson, MA.

 

Toward Independent Living and Learning’s mission is to develop and operate innovative services for individuals of all ages and abilities which maximize their potential for personal growth and independent living. TILL’s day habilitation centers help individuals be as independent as possible by focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities and offering training, medical and therapeutic services in order for them to be fully participating members of their home and community. For more information please visit: www.tillinc.org

The Art Connection – Triangle, Inc. Hosts Art Appreciation Open House & Tours Press Release

For Release: March 1, 2008
The Art Connection
Contact: Jim McDonald
Telephone: (617) 338-7668

 

Triangle, Inc. Hosts Art Appreciation Open House & Tours
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – 12 to 2 pm

 

On Wednesday, March 26, Triangle, Inc. in Malden will host a an Art Appreciation Open House with tours of their collection of 55 original works of art provided through The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. More than 25 of the 100+ active artists participating in The Art Connection’s donation program have had work selected by Triangle over the past three years. The event will provide the opportunity for Triangle to personally thank contributing artists and celebrate their most recent installation of artwork. The collection includes an oil painting by Art Connection founder Fay Chandler, as well as photographs, silkscreens, drawings, monoprints, and mixed media work by artists from around greater Boston and as far afield as the Czech Republic.

 

About Triangle, Inc.
Triangle has been providing employment, job training, health care, and social services to ‘people with ability’ for 35 years. Their mission is to support them in their quest to lead dignified, independent, and economically self-sufficient lives. The Malden headquarters is a large building where several hundred people work every day, where they provide services that help people with disabilities lead more independent, dignified, and economically self-sufficient lives.

 

The Art Connection

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, and helps agencies access the appropriate work. 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 a hundred thousand people in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities.

Over the past 13 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of more than 3500 artworks by 250 artists into more than 250 qualifying public and nonprofit organizations. The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about getting involved with The Art Connection (www.theartconnection.org), please contact Jim McDonald, Executive Director, at (617) 338-7668.

 

 

The Art Connection – Artist Outreach Event at Mills Gallery Press Release

For Release: February 7, 2008

 

The Art Connection
Contact: Jim McDonald
Telephone: (617) 338-7668

 

 

Artist Outreach Event at Mills Gallery

 

On February 6, 2008, The Art Connection hosted an outreach event and reception for local artists at the Mills Gallery in the Boston Center for the Arts. More than 35 area artists assembled to learn about The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. Program Coordinator Sarah Shallbetter gave a slide presentation, showcasing the types of artwork that have been both donated by area artists and selected by qualifying area nonprofits. Artist Ellen Rich, a contributor to the program since 1998, dropped in and provided her perspective: “It’s a really great program. The Art Connection staff takes such good care of the whole process, making it fun and easy to participate.” Ellen’s work has been selected by nine community organizations throughout greater Boston, including Pine Street Inn and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

 

The Mills event was the fourth artist outreach event of the year for The Art Connection. Ms. Shallbetter and The Art Connection’s Program Manager, Tova Speter, also gave presentations to artists in the Common Art Program, at Lesley University to the Expressive Therapy & Counseling students , atthe Arlington Art Center , and at  Artist for Humanity. Later this month Ms. Speter will be giving a presentation at the New Art Center. Already this year, outreach efforts have resulted in 20 new artists collaborating with The Art Connection.

 

About The Art Connection

 

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, and helps agencies access the appropriate work. 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 a hundred thousand people in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities.

 

Over the past 13 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of more than 3500 artworks by 250 artists into more than 250 qualifying public and nonprofit organizations. The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about getting involved with The Art Connection (www.theartconnection.org), please contact Jim McDonald, Executive Director, at (617) 338-7668.

 

 

 

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The Art Connection – 2007 Press Releases

St. Francis House Makes The Art Connection

 

“Our new artwork really makes St. Francis house a home,” said Tony Rello, manager of the Next Step Housing Program at St. Francis House. Rello, along with colleagues and a guest, also found the whole processing of choosing artwork – a three hour session – both fun and productive.

 

Art Placement Program Benefits Families in Transition

 

Families in Transition held an art reception displaying 30 original works of art provided by The Art Connection, a nonprofit organization that offers a unique art donation and placement program.

 

The Art Connection Announces 2nd Annual Summer Barbeque to Honor Its Artists

 

“This event is just one of the ways that we say thank you to the many artists who donate their artwork so that others can enjoy it,” said Jim McDonald, Executive Director of The Art Connection.

The Art Connection – St. Francis House Makes The Art Connection Press Release

For Immediate Release: 12/1/2007
The Art Connection
Contact: Jim McDonald
Telephone: (617) 338-7668 


St. Francis House Makes The Art Connection  



The Art Connection and St. Francis have worked together to transform St. Francis House into a more welcoming environment for staff, visitors, and thirteen residents. Through their art donation program, The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 20 original works of art by 15 artists for permanent installation in their newly renovated permanent housing floor.


“Our new artwork really makes St. Francis house a home,” said Tony Rello, manager of the Next Step Housing Program at St. Francis House. Rello, along with colleagues and a guest, also found the whole processing of choosing artwork – a three hour session – both fun and productive.


St. Francis House
St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in New England. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, we serve over 800 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. Our basic and rehabilitative services overlap and build on one another to provide our guests with continuous and comprehensive care. For more information about St. Francis, visit StFrancisHouse.org.


The Art Connection
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, and helps agencies access the appropriate work. 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 resulted in hundreds of installations into scores of organizations, giving those who often have the least access to art direct contact in their own communities.


The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Boston Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, visit The Art Connection’s website theartconnection.org, email info@theartconnection.org, or call (617) 338-7668.



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The Art Connection – Art Placement Program Benefits Families in Transition Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2007

 

 

Contact: Michele Petersen, Director of Economic Development

Families in Transition

394 Second Street, Manchester, NH 03102
Tel: 603-641-6691, x322 
Fax: 603-641-5334

 

 

 

Art Placement Program Benefits Families in Transition

 

Families in Transition recently held an art reception displaying thirty original works of art provided by The Art Connection, a nonprofit organization that offers a unique art donation and placement program. 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 organization. In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing. This simple but powerful idea has resulted in hundreds of installations into scores of organizations, giving those who often have the least access to art direct contact in their own communities.

 

Families in Transition, a nonprofit agency that provides affordable housing and supportive services to homeless families, is the first New Hampshire recipient agency. The art work was selected by a committee, led by one of Manchester’s prominent art collector’s Hilda Fleisher. For purposes of the reception, all the works, which had been beautifully framed through the generosity of Ms. Fleisher and Becky’s Framing Studio in Bedford, were displayed in the agencies’ community room on Second Street. According to agency representative Michele Petersen, “Families in Transition is extremely honored to be a recipient. As providers of clinical services, we recognize the healing impact that art can have. We also feel that it’s important that our families are proud of where they live and the introduction of visual art to the environment promotes this belief.”

 

The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by NEFA and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about either agency, visit fitnh.org or the artconnection.org.

 

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The Art Connection – Announces 2nd Annual Summer Barbeque to Honor Its Artists Press Relese

August 23, 2007
Contact: Tova Speter, The Art Connection
617-338-7668

 

The Art Connection Announces 2nd Annual
Summer Barbeque to Honor Its Artists

 

Event is in Newton on August 23

 

BOSTON, MA, August 23, 2007. The Art Connection, a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art through a unique art donation and placement with nonprofits throughout the Greater Boston area announces a summer barbeque to honor local Boston artists working with The Art Connection. The event will take place at a Newton artist’s home on Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at 306 Langley Road in Newton.

 

The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art through a unique art donation and placement program. Working with artists and collectors who wish to donate artwork to public and nonprofit organizations, The Art Connection acts as an art clearinghouse, simplifying the donation process and offering a wide range of original works for selection by qualifying nonprofit agencies in Greater Boston.

 

“Often the recipient agencies have limited or no funding with which to acquire original art. They include community centers, children’s programs, schools, shelters for the homeless or battered women, rape crisis centers, and housing services, said Jim McDonald, Executive Director of The Art Connection. “This event is just one of the ways that we say thank you to the many artists who donate their artwork so that others can enjoy it.”

 

Press is invited to meet the artists and learn about their involvement in this unique program. For press interested in joining us, please contact Tova Speter at 617-338-7668.

 

About The Art Connection

 

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 resulted in hundreds of installations into scores of organizations, giving those who often have the least access to art direct contact in their own communities. More information can be found at www.theartconnection.org.

The Art Connection – 2006 Press Releases

Mural Dedication Ceremony at Newton Community Service Center

 

A two story intergenerational mural was celebrated in Newton on November 9 following two months of designing and painting by kids, teens, adults, and elders. The mural, “A Tree Grows in West Newton,” illustrates the services and sense of community at Newton Community Service Center.

 

Mural Dedication Ceremony at Roxbury Youthworks’ Female Focus Initiative

 

Adolescent painters and community members celebrated a new outdoor mural, “Still We Rise,” on Blue Hill Ave on June 21. The mural was the second in a series of “Engaging Communities” Murals facilitated by The Art Connection and funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

 

Mural Dedication Ceremony at Children’s Advocacy Center

 

A mural, “Beantown Dreams,” was celebrated at a Community Mural Dedication and Art Tour on May 10, from 5-7 pm along with 31 works of art by 14 artists who have generously donated work for permanent placement at the Children’s Advocacy Center through The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program.

The Art Connection – Mural Dedication Ceremony at Newton Community Service Center Press Release

Attention Local and Arts Writers Contact: Tova Speter
For Immediate Release: October 19, 2006 Phone: 617-338-7668
Media Event: November 9, 2006, 8 am

 

Community Volunteers Work with Local Artists to Design & Paint Intergenerational Mural in Newton

 

Mural dedication ceremony and celebration: Thursday November 9, 2006.

 

The Newton Community Service Center, a nonprofit organization that strengthens individual, family, and community life through a network of support services and educational programs for all ages, is now the home of a 40 foot long mural designed and painted by members of their community. Local artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Suderman worked with the Center’s staff, volunteers, and community residents from July through September as part of The Art Connection’s “Engaging Communities” Mural Project.

 

This mural is the third of three funded in part by a grant from the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a joint venture with The Art Connection, a non-profit dedicated to making the arts more accessible to community organizations.

 

The project engaged the organization and its community in the collaborative artistic process. The process began with a “Community Input Event” in which all community members were invited for a large brainstorming session to generate possible themes and concepts for the mural. In subsequent sessions, the group worked to condense the ideas generated at the Community Input Event into a cohesive mural concept. All involved became a part of the design process and contributed their research and opinions to the project. Then they took their design to the wall.

 

Most participants came to the project with little to no painting experience. They were given direction, taught basic painting techniques, encouraged to share their strengths and styles, and partnered with an artist mentor for additional support. Participants ranged in age from 5 – 80 years old and truly reflected the variety of community members supported by the Center.

 

The completed mural, “A Tree Grows in West Newton” will be celebrated at a Community Mural Dedication on November 9, 2006 at 8 am along with an unveiling of the recently renovated handicapped-accessible entrance to the Center. Community members, including Newton Mayor David B. Cohen, local politicians and funders, and artists will be in attendance. Reporters are encouraged to attend the event on Thursday November 9. Newton Community Service Center is located at 492 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA 02465 . For directions, see www.ncscweb.org.

 

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 thousands in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities. www.theartconnection.org.

A Tree Grows in West Newton

Community Input Session

 

“A Tree Grows in West Newton” at the Newton Community Service Center

 

Newton Community Service Center (NCSC) is a non-profit multi-service agency that has been helping families in Newton and surrounding towns since 1907. They are committed to offering a full spectrum of services to anyone who needs them—infants, seniors, and everyone in between. Their approach is to provide a supportive environment that values ethnic, cultural, age, and socioeconomic diversity. An intergenerational mix of NCSC and Newton Community members ranging in age from 4-84 worked together for two months to create this beautiful outdoor mural depicting imagery reflecting the services offered by the center.

 

Mural completed September 2006. See below for a link to a Newton Tab article featuring the project.

 

NCSC mural in progress

 

Painter with mural“I gained a great deal in the way of self esteem. It was a new challenge and I believe I surpassed my fondest dreams as to what I might accomplish personally with the project. More importantly, it was what we as a group accomplished and gave to the community.”
-Mural participant

 

“How fortunate at the age of 72 to have had the opportunity to participate in such a project. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how my spirit is renewed each time I drive by the mural.”
-Tony Bibbo, past NCSC exec. director, mural participant

 

NCSC mural“The project became an extension of the agency, in the sense that it helped us build connections in the larger community as neighbors and others passed by and were welcomed to pick up a brush and join in.”
-Gail Sommer, mural participant

 

“It [the mural] is the ‘ultimate’ community building experience—I think this project did a great deal to bring people together and build spirit and pride for the organization.”
-Jean Devine, Director of Development, NCSC, mural participant

 

“A Tree Grows in West Newton”, Newton Tab

 

 

The Art Connection – Mural Dedication Ceremony at Roxbury Youthworks’ Female Focus Initiative Press Release

Attention Local and Arts Writers Contact: Tova Speter
For Immediate Release: June 13, 2006 Phone: 617-338-7668
Media Event: June 21, 2006 4:30-6:30 pm

 

 

 

Adolescent Girls from Roxbury & Dorchester Paint Mural Expressing Strength, Resilience, and Hope

 

Mural dedication ceremony and celebration: Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

 

Roxbury Youthworks’ Still We Rise building, a program of the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing gender specific services to DYS and DSS involved adolescent females, is now the home of a mural designed and painted by the girls themselves and inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise.” Local artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Suderman worked with the girls for six weeks as part of the “Engaging Communities” Mural Project.

 

This mural is the second of three funded in part by a grant from the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a joint venture with The Art Connection, a non-profit dedicated to making the arts more accessible to community organizations.

 

The process involved a “Community Input Event” in which all community members were invited for a large brainstorming session to generate possible themes and concepts for the mural. In this way the project engaged the organization and its community in the collaborative artistic process, and the teen mural painters were then able to work together to condense the ideas generated at the Community Input Event into a cohesive mural concept. All involved became a part of the design process and contributed their drawings, research, and opinions to the project.

 

The active participation of DYS and DSS involved females allowed for development of self esteem, pride, and empowerment as they were able to express themselves through art with an end result that will be enjoyed by all those walking or driving down Blue Hill Ave. Girls with little painting experience were given direction, taught basic painting techniques, and encouraged to share their strengths and styles.

 

The completed mural, “Still We Rise,” will be celebrated at a Community Mural Dedication and Art Tour on June 21, from 4:30-6:30 pm along with 25 works of art by 13 artists who have generously donated work for permanent placement at the Female Focus Initiative through The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. Teen muralists and artists will be in attendance. Reporters are encouraged to attend the event on Wednesday, June 21 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Roxbury Youthworks is located at: 321 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02121.

 

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 thousands in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities. www.theartconnection.org.

 

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Still We Rise

“Still We Rise” at Roxbury Youthworks’ Female Focus Initiative in Dorchester

Roxbury Youthworks Female Focus Initiative is the only female adolescent re-entry program in Boston, a program dedicated to supporting DYS and DSS involved adolescents as they transition back into the community from lock-up. Their Still We Rise building is now the home of a mural entitled Still We Rise, designed and painted by the girls themselves, and inspired by the Maya Angelou poem, Still I Rise. The mural has been installed outside the building on Blue Hill Ave to be enjoyed by all those who walk or drive by. Mural was completed in May 2006. See below for a link to a Herald article featuring the project.

RYI Full Mural

We created this mural by taking our words and putting it into something pretty and positive. Teen painter/participant

Artist paintingThis mural inspires me because it makes me happy when I look at it; it is about metamorphosis, change, and bringing your spirits up.â€ Teen painter/participant

RYI Mural SketchI decided to be involved in this project because I wanted to do something constructive with my spare time.
Teen painter/participant

 

Rise Above article in Herald

 

The Art Connection – Mural Dedication Ceremony at Children’s Advocacy Center Press Release

Attention Local and Arts Writers Contact: Tova Speter
For Immediate Release: April 27, 2006 Phone: 617-338-7668
Media Event: May 10, 2006 5-7 pm

 

 

 

Local Students and Volunteers Work with Community
to Design and Paint Mural for Local Non-Profit

 

Mural dedication ceremony and celebration: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

 

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting child abuse victims and their families, is now the home of a forty-two foot long mural designed and painted by members of their community. Local artist Tova Speter worked with students from the Media and Technology Charter High (MATCH) School next door, along with the Center’s staff, volunteers, and local artists for six weeks as part of the “Engaging Communities” Mural Project.

 

This mural is the first of three funded in part by a grant from the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a joint venture with The Art Connection, a non-profit dedicated to making the arts more accessible to community organizations.

 

The process involved a “Community Input Event” in which all community members were invited for a large brainstorming session to generate possible themes and concepts for the mural. In this way the project engaged the organization and its community in the collaborative artistic process, and the mural volunteers were then able to work together to condense the ideas generated at the Community Input Event into a cohesive mural concept. All involved became a part of the design process and contributed their drawings, research, and opinions to the project.

 

Students and adults with little painting experience were given direction, taught basic painting techniques, encouraged to share their strengths and styles, and were often paired with an artist mentor for additional support.

 

The completed mural, “Beantown Dreams,” will be celebrated at a Community Mural Dedication and Art Tour on May 10, from 5-7 pm along with 31 works of art by 14 artists who have generously donated work for permanent placement at the Children’s Advocacy Center through The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. Community members and artists will be in attendance. Reporters are encouraged to attend the event on Wednesday, May 10 from 5-7 pm. The Children’s Advocacy Center is located at: 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. (Green Line, B Train to Babcock Street.)

 

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 a hundred thousand people in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities. www.theartconnection.org.

 

This is an amazing mural for our center and [we gained] the opportunity to be part of a truly collaborative and successful project.” Susan Goldfarb, Director, Children’s Advocacy Center

 

“[The most enjoyable part of this experience was] seeing my students engaged and proud of their work.” Zach Svigals, MATCH School mentor

 

“Group collaboration – seeing how participants can contribute in various ways according to their desires, confidences, and abilities… [I gained} a better understanding of the mechanics of putting ideas/concepts into action.” Children’s Advocacy Center Staff

 

“I would recommend a similar mural project for other organizations because it helps spread a very positive message… I gained skills and confidence.” – Luis, MATCH student

 

“I attended the brainstorming event, where hundreds of ideas are bandied about, and wondered, ‘how will this all come together.’ Six weeks later, I was astonished to witness how the coordination of so much creative energy had transformed that wall into a stunning mural.” Jim McDonald, Executive Director, The Art Connection

 

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Beantown Dreams

CAC MuralBeantown Dreams Mural, Children’s Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County is a non-profit dedicated to supporting child abuse victims and their families and is now the home of a forty-two foot long mural entitled Beantown Dreams, designed and painted by members of their community. Artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Suderman worked with students from the Media and Technology Charter High (MATCH) School next door, along with the Center’s staff, volunteers, and local artists. Mural completed March 2006. See below for a link to a Globe article featuring the project.

“This is an amazing mural for our center and [we gained] the opportunity to be part of a truly collaborative and successful project.” Susan Goldfarb, Director, Children’s Advocacy Center

“The most enjoyable part of this experience was] seeing my students engaged and proud of their work.”  Zach Svigals, MATCH mentor

“Group collaboration allowed participants to contribute in various ways according to their desires, confidences, and abilities. I gained a better understanding of the mechanics of putting ideas/concepts into action.”  Children’s Advocacy Center Staff

“I would recommend a similar mural project for other organizations because it helps spread a very positive message. I gained skills and confidence.” Luis, MATCH student

“Attended the brainstorming event, where hundreds of ideas are bandied about, I couldn’t help but wonder, how will this all come together. Six weeks later, I was astonished to witness how the coordination of so much creative energy had transformed that wall into a stunning mural.”  Jim McDonald, Executive Director, The Art Connection

Beantown Dreams Globe article

 

Recovery Mural

Men painting muralRecovery Mural at the Shattuck Shelter

 

A pilot mural project took place at the Friends of the Shattuck Shelter in Jamaica Plain in July 2005 granting six homeless men the opportunity to engage in the artistic process. Led by artist Tova Speter, the men participated in a series of workshops brainstorming, designing, and painting a three-wall mural in the dining Shattuck Muralarea of their shelter reflecting the theme of Recovery.

“This is the first time I ever worked on something where I saw a project through from beginning to completion.”  

Anthony, Participant

 

“I’ve gained the ability to give back something that will always be remembered.”    Stanley, Participant

 “Participation in the mural project instills feelings of accomplishment, direction and knowledge that by taking the necessary steps, [clients] can achieve [their] goals.”

Mary Nee, Executive Director of Friends of the Shattuck Shelter

 

Shattuck Mural