Recipient FAQs

What is The Art Connection?

Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1995, The Art Connection’s mission is to make art accessible to people who would benefit from exposure to original art in their daily lives, but may not currently have access to it. The Art Connection identifies artists willing to donate their work, shows the artwork to qualified agencies, and teaches them to care for the art. The works of art then become the permanent property of the recipient agencies.

How many artworks have been placed?

In 20  years, we have placed over 7,200 works of art with over 385 different agencies in Greater Boston.

How many art donors participate?

Over 425 artists and collectors have donated their art through us.

Why do art donors give their art to agencies?

Artists and collectors donate art through The Art Connection for a number of reasons, including to: (1) know their work can have an impact of the daily lives of people in need (2) show work to audiences who normally do not have access to art; (3) have work out of storage and have it viewed by many; (4) support a recipient agency’s mission; (5) increase their visibility and reputation; (6) provide a solution to issues relating to estate planning; and/or (7) donate through a reliable program that makes the process simple.

Why do the agencies need art?

Recipient agencies need art for a number of reasons, including to: (1) enrich the lives of program participants; (2) stimulate dialogue, healing, creativity, learning; (3) boost the self-esteem of participants and staff; (4) create a more welcoming environment; and (5) allow them to participate in the collaborative process of choosing their new collection.

How are recipient agencies selected?

We ensure the eligibility of agencies through a comprehensive application process. Upon receipt of their applications, we visit the agencies to assess their need for art, talk with staff, and examine their facilities. Qualified recipient agencies are public or nonprofit organizations that provide a direct service to underserved program participants, have secure areas that are used regularly by participants and visitors, and lack the funds necessary to purchase art.

How does an agency apply?

It’s simple. An agency completes an online application and Donee Agreement plus includes supporting material to The Art Connection. If site is beyond 15-mile radius of Boston, agency must submit the “Application Addendum for Agencies Beyond 15-mile Radius” for consideration. We review applications on a rolling basis and schedule a site visit with the agency to complete the application process. After the site visit, it takes us about a week to notify the agency if it has been approved for an art placement.

What are a recipient agency’s responsibilities?

A recipient agency: (1) assembles a selection committee to choose art; (2) picks up the art from the art donors by stated deadlines; (3) arranges to frame any unframed artworks that it selects; (4) installs selected art and corresponding plaques; (5) cares for the art as stipulated in the Donee Agreement and Deeds; (6) meets all deadlines including submitting Deeds and a brief Six Month Report; (7) adds a link to The Art Connection on their website if possible; (8) thanks all art donors in writing; and (9) is encouraged to hold a reception to celebrate the installation; and (10) welcome staff or volunteer to visit agency to take artwork inventory.

Who chooses the art?

Each qualified recipient agency selects the art for its walls. The agency assembles a selection committee (usually comprising a group of 6-10 staff, clients, Board members, and/or volunteers) that reviews approximately 300 available artworks and chooses the most appropriate art for its site.

How much art do agencies receive?

An average art placement is 20-25 works, pending the size of the organization. After one year, agencies may be eligible to receive additional art.

Is the artwork permanently donated?

The art is permanently given by the art donors directly to the agency. The agency owns the art and must follow the stipulations of the Donee Agreement and Deed.

What happens after an agency selects art?

When art is selected, The Art Connection contacts the art donors for approval and handles all the paperwork needed to donate the art. Upon receipt of the confirmation packet, the agency is expected to contact the art donors within 15 days and pick up the art within 30 days. The transfer of art occurs and signed Deeds are retained by art donor, agency, and The Art Connection. Any art not picked up by the 3 month mark will be removed from placement.

How is the art transported?

The recipient agency is responsible for calling the art donor within two weeks and scheduling a convenient time to pick up the art within a month. When picking up the art, the agency brings an appropriately sized vehicle and the Deeds to transfer ownership of the art.

Is the art framed?

Approximately half of the available art is ready to hang. On average an agency can expect, and must arrange, to frame roughly half of their selected works. The Art Connection will offer you connections to local framers who offer a discount to The Art Connection’s partners.

How do agencies express their gratitude?

The Art Connection encourages recipient agencies to acknowledge the donations in writing, mention the donations in an article, newsletter, or annual report, include a web-link on their site, and invite the art donors to an upcoming reception at the agency.

How do agencies care for the art?

Recipient agencies are committed to caring for art and must sign an agreement that they will do so. The Donee Agreement stipulates that they keep the art secure, exhibit the art in a visible location, not alter or deface the art, and not sell or give the art away. The Art Connection reviews art placements to ensure that agencies fulfill their responsibilities by distributing a Six Month Report and scheduling an Inventory Visit to verify all artwork is accounted for, framed, and hung securely, and installed with its corresponding stickers and plaques.