BOSTON – The Art Connection’s Engaging Communities Mural Project has obtained $8,400 from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Fund for the Arts Planning Grant. Led by artists Tova Speter and Anyahlee Canas, the series of workshops supported by the fund will actively engage community participants from partnering organizations and encourage them to ‘get their hands dirty’ as they collaborate in defining an aesthetic that represents their community. The process will culminate with a unique painted mural in each of three selected communities: Chinatown, Roxbury, and Malden.
Both lead artists have established reputations as community mural artists and successfully led three NEFA-funded mural projects with The Art Connection in 2006 as well as countless others on their own. Of the funded planning project, Tova Speter says, “This mural project proposal seeks to share this experience with agencies that work so hard for their communities; partially as a way to expose people to the artistic process and partially as an offering for clients/staff to come together to create a lasting monument of gratitude and pride for the service that has been offered to their community. Facilitating the collaborative works is rewarding for me as an artist, in that I am able to share the artistic process with others who in turn are able to share their artistic process with the greater community.”
About The Art Connection – The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization that expands public access to visual art by placing the work of donor artists and collectors on the walls of community service organizations. Since its inception in 1995, this unique art-gifting program has supported 264 agencies in their personal selection of more than 3,900 works of art by 262 artists and collectors. Within these healing environments, the original works of art provide welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. More information on The Art Connection can be found at www.theartconnection.org.