The Art Connection – St. Francis House Makes The Art Connection Press Release

For Immediate Release: 12/1/2007
The Art Connection
Contact: Jim McDonald
Telephone: (617) 338-7668 

St. Francis House Makes The Art Connection  

The Art Connection and St. Francis have worked together to transform St. Francis House into a more welcoming environment for staff, visitors, and thirteen residents. Through their art donation program, The Art Connection facilitated the donation of 20 original works of art by 15 artists for permanent installation in their newly renovated permanent housing floor.

“Our new artwork really makes St. Francis house a home,” said Tony Rello, manager of the Next Step Housing Program at St. Francis House. Rello, along with colleagues and a guest, also found the whole processing of choosing artwork – a three hour session – both fun and productive.

St. Francis House
St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in New England. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, we serve over 800 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. Our basic and rehabilitative services overlap and build on one another to provide our guests with continuous and comprehensive care. For more information about St. Francis, visit

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 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.

The Art Connection’s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by the Boston Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, visit The Art Connection’s website, email, or call (617) 338-7668.