Boston, Mass. (April 3, 2020) – The Art Connection is announcing today that the organization will close its doors on April 30, 2020. The decision was made in February after weeks of deliberation and is unrelated to the COVID19 pandemic.
The Art Connection was founded by the late community leader and philanthropist Fay Chandler, a prolific painter and sculptor in Boston. For nearly 25 years, The Art Connection has used the universal language of art to build connections between social service nonprofits, community members, and artists. During that time period, the non-profit was responsible for more than 400 permanent art installations, containing nearly 8,000 original artworks, at hundreds of community-serving agencies across Greater Boston; interactive art-making workshops; community events; and an Artist Fellowship.
“Funding priorities have changed locally and nationally over the years, leaving The Art Connection and many of its partner agencies with difficult operational decisions to make,” said Jeanne Dasaro, The Art Connection’s outgoing executive director. “Additionally, our Placement program saw slowdowns. We had more installations returned to The Art Connection from nonprofits that had closed than we had applications for new installations. We are very proud of our work and the legacy that The Art Connection leaves behind throughout Greater Boston. And we’re so thankful for the support we’ve received from artists, non-profits, and others for more than 20 years.”
While it’s easy to admire the finished products of what artists produce, there is so much to be gleaned from process. We spent some time with artist and beloved art donor Marian Dioguardi to get a behind the scenes look at elements that inform her art practice.
Thanks to Brandeis University, we had the pleasure of hosting Segal Fellow, Imani Islam as an intern for the summer. With the next semester around the corner, she opted to share her reflections on her time with us below as a parting gift.
“Alive With Color”: A dynamic exhibition of paintings and prints presented by The Art Connection and hosted by The South End Office of Cambridge Trust. Featured paintings from artist Marian Dioguardi and prints from artist Cicely Carew!
DAWN and DUSK: An exhibition of black and white artwork presented by The Art Connection and hosted by The South End Office of Cambridge Trust. Featuring photographs from artist Jourdan Christopher and prints from artist Eleanor Rubin. Learn more here.
Poignant. Powerful. Full of life. All these words fit the bill to describe the work of African American photographer Jourdan Christopher. Although born in Detroit and raised in Memphis, his time in New England has been filled with a rollercoaster of experiences that have sharpened his creative eye.
“The art that has been placed throughout our Hastings House shelter adds cheer and personality to what were previously bare, beige walls. I frequently overhear our participants commenting on the various pieces of art, talking to their children about them, and just standing and silently observing the new works that have appeared to brighten up the hallways where they live” says Nic Soucy, EMPath Evening Program Coordinator.
The Art Connection welcomes the chance to go out into the community to share our unique program with different artist groups and interested parties. If you know of an artist group interested in welcoming The Art Connection to present our program and engage the group in a discussion about the power of art, please contact us.