Artists are saying…

“If you have a heart, you gotta have art!”
– Ken Beck

“I benefit from donating my art by the thought that it might  connect people to art in  general and inspire them to look at  other art as well; Accessibility is my byword.”
– Emily Lamont

“Giving back makes the process work for me and also makes it worthwhile for the community.”
– Donna Dodson

“Deeply rewarding to see the work in these sometimes barren, sterile environments.  When I saw my piece at the Shelter for Vets in downtown Boston I cried.”
– Ellen Rich

“Knowing that my art work is being shown to people in settings where art may help them feel happier and where these people might not see art very often if art wasn’t donated.”
– JoAnne Hungate

“Art is placed where people respond and are healed by it. Art is in a place that otherwise would not have it.”
– Candy Nartonis

“It’s so important to have an audience.  It’s hard to create work and not know if it’s going to be seen.”
– Faith Hyde

“Because I cannot afford to give to all of the worthy groups I believe in with money, it is wonderful to be able to contribute something I love, which is my art.”
– Lisa L. Sears

“Thanks for all the practical help you have been providing in the last several months.  You are becoming an invaluable clearing house for artists, and I admire your willingness to take on this job.”
– Susan Heideman

“I have to tell you I am absolutely thrilled with this program. It is so gratifying to know that my work is hanging and that people are appreciating it. I think you do a tremendous service to the arts community and also to the agencies you work with and I just had to tell you! I just admire the work you do and am thrilled to be a part of the program.”
– Joan Bragen

“And thanks again for making this all so easy!  The Art Connection is a wonderful organization.”

Agencies are saying…

“What a difference the art makes! It helps us in our mission to provide as sense of permanency for our residents.”
– Margaret Movelle, Director of Development, Committee to End Elder Homelessness

“The fact that we’re a hospice doesn’t mean we only talk about death. The art provides something to talk about for all our patients and their families. Most patients here are confined to their rooms, and their families are confined as well. The donated art provides something to focus on, and helps create a nicer environment. The art makes the rooms seem homey. Having something nice on the wall gives the patients something to look at and think about.”
– Maryanne Sullivan, Interim director, Chilton House

“The art is comforting, soothing. The first time our clients see me, they are very nervous. Having the art here brings the anxiety level down.”
– Bob Donahue, Intake Coordinator, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans

“Art not only makes the workplace a more pleasant environment, it affirms and makes more meaningful the important work that we do. It shows our staff and clients that Ethos respects and values them.”
– Dale Mitchell, Executive Director, Ethos

“The artwork lifts our spirits and those of the women we serve. It will continue to touch others for many years to come.”
– Elizabeth Costa, Administrative Manager, RESPOND, Inc.

“Some of my favorite responses to the pictures have been nonverbal, as the children themselves have realized that their portraits are hanging on the wall, larger than life size. They just point and look amazed!”
– Candace Chang, Director, Bay Cove Small Wonders

“If you can’t bring the children to the museums, you need to bring the museums to the children.”
– Bill Walczak, CEO, Codman Square Health Center

“Their bond that day – our bond – was not about pain or grief. It was instead grounded in the determination to make the new space special and welcoming for those would follow us there. The Art Connection gave us the chance to fill that space with serenity and comfort. To put its occupants at ease and reassure them that they are with friends.”
– Kara Hayes, Director, Victim Witness Assistance Program

“Fine art reveals creativity, imagination, beauty, emotional involvement and intellectual stimulation to all who see it. This is the kind of benefit that says to all our stakeholders, ‘We value you, we appreciate your efforts in treatment and recover.’ The chronically under-resource public health sector cannot offer luxurious environments, but through donated art, we can help provide a setting that encourages healing and wellness.”
– Carolyn Ingles, Director of Support Services, Metro Boston Mental Health at Shattuck Hospital

“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, site of a Pilot Mural Project

“Working within the diversity of our client population [I realized] how much can be captured of an elder’s present existence and life from just one photograph.”
– Staff at Springwell, Inc.

“Paul [Foley] captured the essence of each person. The images remind us why we are here each day.”
– Kathy Stimson, Springwell, Inc.

“What would be especially significant about having a work of art donated from the original artist through The Art Connection would be the sense of community it fosters. One of our main objectives at On The Rise is to help women transition from surviving on the streets to living in the community. When women know there is a larger community outside of On The Rise that appreciates their worth as human beings and wants them to experience the culture and opportunities the area has to offer, the support we offer is strengthened. That is a very powerful message.”
– Laura Lambert, Director of Development and Communications, On The Rise

Funders and Advocates are saying…

“Boston’s smallest cultural treasures… include …The Art Connection.”
The Boston Foundation: Funding for Cultural Organizations in Boston and Nine Other Metropolitan Areas

“If you can’t bring the children to the museums, you need to bring the museums to the children.”
– Bill Walczak, CEO, Codman Square Health Center

“The Art Connection is a vital demonstration of the generosity and social commitment of artists who know that works of art fire the imagination, inspire possibilities, and simply make better the landscape for all kinds of living. Sharing their works of art, these artists are in active dialogue with audiences too frequently omitted from the conversation.
– Jessica Hoffmann Davis, author and former director Program for the Arts at the Harvard University School of Education

“Artists don’t work in a vacuum. Visual artists, no less than performers, need an audience for their work. The Art Connection is a win-win situation for artists and recipients.”
– Jane Alexander, Actress and former director, NEA

“Although my main interest in the arts is music, Fay Chandler’s vision of The Art Connection appeals to me because of the simplicity and generosity of its mission. First are agencies who in turn are given the opportunity to choose the art that fits their needs. Recipient agencies then give artists the opportunity to show their work. All of this generosity benefits both artist and agency! The Art Connection is a conduit that enables a dedicated group of artists to bring new concepts and imaginings into the lives of many others. I’m proud to support this program.”
Anna Marie Svedrofsky, leadership donor since 1997

“Sculptures and paintings exist to be seen – and we need to see more of them, and in more places. Artists themselves aren’t always able to take care of the works they produce. And what happens when the works they produce outlive them? Who will take care of these works of art then?  I think what’s remarkable about The Art Connection is that it’s the first institution I know of that’s organized to deal with these questions. It helps make the connections between artists and the people who care about art. I think anyone who cares about the arts should be grateful that it exists.”
– Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize winning music critic and poet