We’ve been busy this fall at The Art Connection, and today we’re proud to announce the launch of our new Artful Seeds Artist Fellowship as a way to continue our mission to deepen connections between local artists and artists of color with underserved, under-resourced non-profit organizations. Take a deep dive into this program by clicking here.
Through the Artful Seeds Artist Fellowship, The Art Connection provides non-profits a direct hands-on experience with an artist, introducing them to the full cycle of art – ideation, physical making and exhibition – over a three-month period. The artist will create custom works for the non-profit’s space, lead art workshops with their community members, and take groups on a field visit to a Boston-area gallery or museum to get a fuller, more diverse art experience.
So what’s new about this? The Art Connection commissions the artist’s work and ensures permanent location at the non-profit’s space. The total value of these services going to the non-profit agency is $9,600, with $6,000 of that total value paid directly to the artist. It’s a very hands-on experience for everyone involved.
How did this new fellowship program come to be? We test piloted the fellowship program by pairing emerging Cambridge artist Cicely Carew with Bay Cove Human Services in early September, and I’m proud to say that we could not have made a better match. Cicely and the members of Bay Cove are in constant communication, collaborate constantly on what pieces Cicely is creating for them, and continue to build a bond that will carry on after their three-month program is complete. Seeing this work out as well as it did gave us the confidence to make the Artful Seeds Artist Fellowship a permanent part of The Art Connection curriculum.
Bay Cove Human Services partners with people to overcome challenges and realize personal potential by providing individualized and compassionate services for people facing the challenges associated with developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, aging-related needs and/or drug and alcohol addiction. At its core, Cicely Carew’s work is about radical wonder and hope. Each of her pieces contain a record of the process and informs the next, telling a story through vibrant color, rebellious mark making, lines, shapes and sweeping gestures to capture the fleeting magic of “the now.”
The culmination of Cicely’s work with Bay Cove Human Services will take place in November with a full art exhibition and a mural unveiling that Cicely collaborated on with several members of Bay Cove at their offices at 85 East Newton Street in Boston’s South End neighborhood.