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The Art Connection Permanently Closed on April 30th, 2020

For Immediate release

Boston, Mass. (April 3, 2020) – The Art Connection is announcing today that the organization will close its doors on April 30, 2020.  The decision was made in February after weeks of deliberation and is unrelated to the COVID19 pandemic. 

The Art Connection was founded by the late community leader and philanthropist Fay Chandler, a prolific painter and sculptor in Boston. For nearly 25 years, The Art Connection has used the universal language of art to build connections between social service nonprofits, community members, and artists. During that time period, the non-profit was responsible for more than 400 permanent art installations, containing nearly 8,000 original artworks, at hundreds of community-serving agencies across Greater Boston; interactive art-making workshops; community events; and an Artist Fellowship.

“Funding priorities have changed locally and nationally over the years, leaving The Art Connection and many of its partner agencies with difficult operational decisions to make,” said Jeanne Dasaro, The Art Connection’s outgoing executive director. “Additionally, our Placement program saw slowdowns. We had more installations returned to The Art Connection from nonprofits that had closed than we had applications for new installations.  We are very proud of our work and the legacy that The Art Connection leaves behind throughout Greater Boston. And we’re so thankful for the support we’ve received from artists, non-profits, and others for more than 20 years.”

Images Courtesy of the Artists

DAWN and DUSK: An exhibition of black and white artwork presented by The Art Connection and hosted by The South End Office of Cambridge Trust. Featuring photographs from artist Jourdan Christopher and prints from artist Eleanor Rubin. Learn more here.

A Fast Five Questions with Photographer Jourdan Christopher

Image Courtesy of the Artist

Poignant. Powerful. Full of life. All these words fit the bill to describe the work of African American photographer Jourdan Christopher. Although born in Detroit and raised in Memphis, his time in New England has been filled with a rollercoaster of experiences that have sharpened his creative eye.

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EMPath Answers our Fast Five Questions

“The art that has been placed throughout our Hastings House shelter adds cheer and personality to what were previously bare, beige walls. I frequently overhear our participants commenting on the various pieces of art, talking to their children about them, and just standing and silently observing the new works that have appeared to brighten up the hallways where they live” says Nic Soucy, EMPath Evening Program Coordinator.

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Invite Us to Speak

The Art Connection welcomes the chance to go out into the community to share our unique program with different artist groups and interested parties. If you know of an artist group interested in welcoming The Art Connection to present our program and engage the group in a discussion about the power of art, please contact us.

Past community presentations have included:

Belmont Art Association
Brickbottom Artist Association
Bromfield Gallery
Brookline Arts Center
BU Inspire
Common Art Program
Dorchester Arts Collaborative
Jamaica Plain Artists Association
Lesley University Expressive Therapies
Malden Artists
Mills Gallery-Boston Center for the Arts
New Art Center
Newton Art Association
United South End Artists
Vernon Street Studios
Waltham Mills Artists Association