About The Art Connection

Our mission is to enrich and empower underserved communities by expanding access to original works of visual art.


We facilitate the choice of art, from artists and collectors, by those who may not have the opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of art in their lives. Since our inception in 1995, this unique gifting program has identified and catalogued original works of art donated by generous individuals and has supported local social service agencies in the selection of pieces that are meaningful to them.

Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. Organizations find that original artwork enlivens spaces and connects them to their constituents in profound ways. The artists are delighted to give back to their community, to exhibit their work in places that attract a large number of visitors. Artists feel good knowing that their work has an impact in places where people go to access critical services. Ours is an enriching creative collaboration on all counts.

~ Get to know some of our generous donating artists in this video by students in our recipient agency¬†MassBay’s broadcast journalism program. This video was supported by a NLT Foundation grant.~

Sometimes, just one painting or sculpture can make a difference. This simple but powerful idea has resulted in thousands of installations into scores of organizations. The Art Connection provides direct access to art for those who often have the least access to it.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.