The Art Connection – Artist Outreach Event at Mills Gallery Press Release

For Release: February 7, 2008


The Art Connection
Contact: Jim McDonald
Telephone: (617) 338-7668



Artist Outreach Event at Mills Gallery


On February 6, 2008, The Art Connection hosted an outreach event and reception for local artists at the Mills Gallery in the Boston Center for the Arts. More than 35 area artists assembled to learn about The Art Connection’s art donation and placement program. Program Coordinator Sarah Shallbetter gave a slide presentation, showcasing the types of artwork that have been both donated by area artists and selected by qualifying area nonprofits. Artist Ellen Rich, a contributor to the program since 1998, dropped in and provided her perspective: “It’s a really great program. The Art Connection staff takes such good care of the whole process, making it fun and easy to participate.” Ellen’s work has been selected by nine community organizations throughout greater Boston, including Pine Street Inn and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.


The Mills event was the fourth artist outreach event of the year for The Art Connection. Ms. Shallbetter and The Art Connection’s Program Manager, Tova Speter, also gave presentations to artists in the Common Art Program, at Lesley University to the Expressive Therapy & Counseling students , atthe Arlington Art Center , and at  Artist for Humanity. Later this month Ms. Speter will be giving a presentation at the New Art Center. Already this year, outreach efforts have resulted in 20 new artists collaborating with The Art Connection.


About The Art Connection


The Art Connection builds connections between artists and their communities by bringing art to community organizations – clinics, youth and senior service programs, job training centers, shelters and residential programs, and more. The Art Connection identifies artists willing to donate their work, catalogs the works for presentation to prospective recipients, and helps agencies access the appropriate work. These works of art are then the permanent property of the organizations.  In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing. This simple but powerful idea has impacted the lives of more than a hundred thousand people in Greater Boston, giving those who often have the least access to art direct experience in their own communities.


Over the past 13 years, The Art Connection has facilitated the donation of more than 3500 artworks by 250 artists into more than 250 qualifying public and nonprofit organizations. The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information about getting involved with The Art Connection (, please contact Jim McDonald, Executive Director, at (617) 338-7668.