“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.
Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is a Boston-based nonprofit that combats poverty in three ways: direct services, research & policy, and its global learning network. EMPath developed a breakthrough coaching approach, based on the latest science, that helps low-income families cope with the stress of the poverty and set goals for the future. Mentors and participants work together for up to five years and achieve incredible success like doubling salaries, attaining advanced degrees, and even purchasing homes. Due to these successes, EMPath created a global learning network comprised of nonprofits and government agencies focused on economic mobility.
We’re excited to ask them the Fast Five Questions !
How did you find out about The Art Connection?
We found out about both because we have previously received artwork directly from the founder of The Art Connection as well as through personal connections to a non-profit that recently received art work donated through The Art Connection.
What has been the most surprising or satisfying part about working with The Art Connection?
We loved the chance to engage with our participants about the type of art they enjoy through the selection process and the hanging process.
What parts of the selection process did you enjoy?
We loved looking at all the different available art and debating whether it would improve the feel of our space!
What’s a little known fact about your organization?
We provide meals on wheels for elderly residents in Boston in addition to our poverty disruption work.
How the presence of artwork has impacted your agency?
Our halls have brightened up and become more welcoming and homey for our participants who might otherwise not be able to afford art in their living space. As staff, we can appreciate the ways that this highlights areas and changes the feel of the hallways.
In our playspace, one of the toddlers pretends one of the art pieces is a dinosaur and roars at it (it’s actually titled New Wave Cat). At a community meeting, supervisors asked participants to name recent art that they had looked at and the participants surprised them by easily remembering and describing the art they’ve interacted with.