FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2007
Contact: Michele Petersen, Director of Economic Development
Families in Transition
394 Second Street, Manchester, NH 03102
Tel: 603-641-6691, x322
Art Placement Program Benefits Families in Transition
Families in Transition recently held an art reception displaying thirty original works of art provided by The Art Connection, a nonprofit organization that offers a unique art donation and placement program. The Art Connection identifies artists willing to donate their work, catalogs the works for presentation to prospective recipients, helps agencies access the appropriate work, and teaches them to care for the art. These works of art are then the permanent property of the organization. In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing. This simple but powerful idea has resulted in hundreds of installations into scores of organizations, giving those who often have the least access to art direct contact in their own communities.
Families in Transition, a nonprofit agency that provides affordable housing and supportive services to homeless families, is the first New Hampshire recipient agency. The art work was selected by a committee, led by one of Manchester’s prominent art collector’s Hilda Fleisher. For purposes of the reception, all the works, which had been beautifully framed through the generosity of Ms. Fleisher and Becky’s Framing Studio in Bedford, were displayed in the agencies’ community room on Second Street. According to agency representative Michele Petersen, “Families in Transition is extremely honored to be a recipient. As providers of clinical services, we recognize the healing impact that art can have. We also feel that it’s important that our families are proud of where they live and the introduction of visual art to the environment promotes this belief.”
The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by NEFA and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about either agency, visit fitnh.org or the artconnection.org.
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