Each year we partner with about 25 Boston community nonprofit or public equivalent agencies to “bring art to life.” Here, we feature some of our art recipients. What is their story? How have we made a difference?
Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center
When asked to join the selection committee Michelle Perry, the Catholic Charities Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator, shared that she was “so excited about the opportunity to bring more beauty into our work space. It reminded me of a quote that I heard years ago: ‘…because art is never a luxury.’ I was pleasantly surprised to find the art was donated by talented and charitable artists, and, that we get the keep the selected art in our building! It was so refreshing to take a break from the work of serving people in crisis, to enjoy the works of art being donated.”
Acting as a multi-service agency , Project Hope is at the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families up and out of poverty. It provides low-income women with children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal transformation; and works for broader systems change. So it should come as no surprise that they joined forces with The Art Connection to fill their space with 25 original works of art.
“One of the goals of BEST seeking art from The Art Connection was to expose our job seeker clients to the professional atmosphere they’ll encounter at our luxury employer properties. Mission accomplished!,” exclaims Assistant Director Joan Abbot. Through art placement, BEST has received 20 works of art in a variety of mediums thanks to the thoughtfulness of their client based selection committee.
The Violence Intervention Advocacy Program
The Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) treats all victims of violence who enter via the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center. It is a peer model run program that provides crisis intervention, case management, mental health services, and reconnection to educational, vocational, and other community services. VIAP assists victims of violence and their families in recovering from physical and emotional trauma through empowerment.
“Clients often tell us that the art reminds them of home,” says Jacob Brescia-Weiler, a summer intern at Project Citizenship. Considering that Project Citizenship’s mission is to educate immigrants about the benefits of citizenship, and to help permanent residents overcome barriers to naturalization, getting clients to feel at home in their facilities is a big deal.
“I think we have to get the chromosomes!” isn’t a typical comment offered during a placement visit, but for Just-A-Start Corporation’s art selection committee, biological themes were a rallying cry. The group, who selected artwork for their newly leased Biomedical Careers Program space, was comprised of past program participants as well as staff members from the program and the TeenWork program. The group’s lively discussion while selecting an original art collection offered a new kind of collaboration and an appreciation for the diverse perspectives of their community.
Nuestra Communidad, Ellen S. Jackson Apartments
Henry, an elderly gentleman with a teasing twinkle in his eye, may be a new resident at the Ellen S. Jackson Apartments on Bluehill Avenue in Roxbury, but he’s already completely settled in. “It feels so good to be at home,” Henry reflected “This place is a real community now.” The Art Connection worked with Project Manager Diane Clark to identify spaces where art could adorn the new building, which welcomed its first residents in summer 2015.
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy CHC) believes everyone has the right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care, regardless of their ability to pay. They have received artwork for clinics in Framingham, Milford, and Worcester!
Cancer Support Community-MA South Shore
CSC-MSS helps people affected by cancer, their families, and their caregivers enhance their health and well-being through professional programs of emotional support, education, and hope. Their goal is that no one faces cancer alone.
Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
HSNCH is a critical source for primary health, oral health, behavioral health, ancillary health, and community health services to a target population that is medically underserved with a myriad of health challenges and many disparities.
Kit Clark Senior Services
Kit Clark Senior Services has helped older adults in Greater Boston live with dignity and independence in the community since 1974. Located in Dorchester and serving a very diverse population by offering programming in five languages, this center often serves as a home away from home for seniors. About 100 seniors visit the center every day for a meal, to socialize, for counseling, to exercise, or to attend a class.
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project specializes in services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence located in Southern New England. They provide services to all victims and survivors regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.
Pine Street Inn
Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England. With the belief that everybody deserves a place to call home, the organization now houses more than 800 people at 36 locations in Boston and Brookline. They have recieved 62 artworks at two locations since 2000.
Lowell Transitional Living Center
The Lowell Transitional Living Center provides the most critical services by offering a place for homeless adults to get food, shelter, stability, and be treated with dignity. They provide shelter for 90 adults with 45 additional beds in inclement weather to ensure that everyone has a chance to sleep indoors.
New England Center for Arts and Technology
NECAT provides programs to engage disadvantaged youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed, or transitioning from public assistance programs through tuition-free, hands-on arts and job training programs.
CASPAR has been providing direct service to adults and youth confronting alcoholism and addiction for over 40 years. Fifty nine artworks now hang at the 107-bed emergency shelter in Cambridge and at an addictions recovery center and the Support Services Center in Somerville.
Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Community College is a comprehensive, urban, student-centered, open-access community college providing higher education learning opportunities. They have received 75 art donations through The Art Connection at placements in 2005, 2012, and 2013. Their collection represents an array of diverse artistic mediums.
North Suffolk Mental Health Association
North Suffolk Mental Health Association helps their clients achieve independence by providing a myriad services as diverse as the individuals found in their waiting areas. The Art Connection placed artwork in their Chelsea Clinic in January 2013, and in the Revere Counseling Center in February 2012.
Victory Programs – LARC & Women’s Hope
LARC & Women’s Hope programs are community-based transitional housing programs in Jamaica Plain for adults who are typically living with HIV/AIDS and have histories of substance use disorders and chronic relapse.
ShortStop Transitional Housing
ShortStop Transitional Housing, run by Wayside Youth & Family Network, is a community-based program that provides housing and transitional care for homeless young adults ages 18-22. It is now home to 12 young people receiving assistance.
Still Harbor is committed to exploring the links between spirituality and social justice through its programs and partnerships. It supports idividuals and organizations as they wrestle with questions of personal meaning, purpose, and social concern.
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center
The Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health 60-bed in-patient psychiatric facility. They provide quality, integrated care and support towards recovery for individuals needing forensic evaluation and those with mental illness who require continuing care.
Lynn Home for Women
Lynn Home for Women’s Washington Square Residence provides affordable housing and the security of a furnished, managed home. Lisa Connolly, Executive Director says “In this, our 100th anniversary, we are excited to bring original art directly into our residents’ lives”.
Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc.
Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI) is a non-profit founded in 1972, whose continuing mission is to provide safe, affordable, decent, and sustainable housing. HRI owns over 1,500 units, and in February 2012, they received 25 works of art at their Inman Square Apartments building, home to many senior citizens and disabled adults.
Spectrum Adult Day Health Center, North Andover Spectrum Adult Day Health Centerprovides individualized programming and activities to promote positive feelings and self-esteem for participants with mild to moderate dementia. They received 22 artworks in September 2011.
Central Boston Elder Services
Central Boston Elder Services is one of the largest nonprofit home care agencies in Massachusetts. The agency has been helping seniors live independently since 1974 and is pleased to open the Dudley Square Elderly Housing Development this year, a “green” building with 57 apartment units for elders over the age of 62. Twelve of the apartments serve the needs of homeless elders and 21 are reserved for low-income residents.
Toward Independent Living and Learning
Toward Independent Living and Learning’s (TILL) missions is to develop and operate innovative services for individuals of all ages and abilities which maximize their potential for personal growth and independent living. TILL’s day habilitation center in Watertown opened in Summer 2011, and already serves 70 individuals, with the capacity to serve many more.
Elder Service Plan Winthrop
The Elder Service Plan Winthrop’s center is now home to 23 works of original artworks. The Elder Service Plan helps seniors live in their own homes for as long as possible by providing quality day programs. The facility is located one block from Winthrop Beach.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Volunteer Lawyers Project received their second placement of art this winter. With a diverse and exciting collection, their office is now an even more welcoming place for clients and their families in need of pro bono legal services ranging from brief advice to courtroom representation.
Spectrum Health Women and Children’s Center
Spectrum Health Systems’ new Women and Children’s Center recently opened its doors to serve its clients; and one of the first opportunities offered to the new residents was the chance to select twenty works of art for their new home through The Art Connection.
Asian American Civic Association
The Asian American Civic Association has received two placements of art over the course of its two year relationship with The Art Connection and now own a collection of 35 vibrant pieces on display in their Chinatown building. Their collection has recently expanded again with six additional works donated by Art Connection founder Fay Chandler after her recent exhibit at the BCA.
For the first time, we are featuring two agencies as they both received artwork from us and are coincidentally in the same building! Both recently moved to different floors at 189 Cambridge Street, a building that is now bursting with 36 new works of art to inspire the youth who access services there.
BPHC Opiod Treatment Program
Situated under the highway near a salt pile and tow lot in a non-descript building, the Opioid Treatment Program of the Boston Public Health Commission provides free medication-assisted substance abuse services to primarily poor, uninsured, homeless, pregnant, and medically compromised individuals. Most people would pass by without even noticing it was there. But step inside, and the space is alive with color, art, care, and recovery.
High unemployment rates translate into many job seekers experiencing stress as they search for their next job. Career Source in Cambridge can now welcome them with color and encourage them with inspiring creative spirit thanks to their new collection of 20 original works of art via The Art Connection.
CHA – Whidden
Whidden Hospital in Everett is a recent recipient of 19 original works by 12 artists. According to Deborah Murphy, the hospital administrator, “the response has been wonderful. The works not only enhance the hospital’s physical space but stimulate social engagement inan extremely positive manner.”
Hope House recently moved into a new building and received 20 original artworks through The Art Connection that transformed it from a “building” to a “home.” Clients who are committed to recovery from addiction made up the art selection committee along with staff, and all are quite enthusiastic about their new art collection. Check out pics from their recent art reception here.
Rogerson Roslindale Adult Day Health Program
Rogerson Roslindale Adult Day Health Program offers a daily program of wellness and nursing services, social service assistance, nutrition, exercise, and recreational programs for disabled adults in their community…
Boston Public Health Commission
The Art Connection partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission to bring artwork into their central intake, outpatient substance abuse clinic, youth program, community health education program and mom’s project. 20 original works of art now grace their walls with more on the way…
The Art Connection has partnered with Sherrill House for over three years and has facilitated the placement of 60 works of original art that are meaningful and enjoyable to the people who look at it each and every day, thereby creating dialogue, healing, and relationships between residents, staff, families, and friends…
City on a Hill
Students from City on a Hill Charter School in Roxbury had the opportunity to transform their space by participating in a lively and engaging art selection process in February as they worked together to make choices to beautify their school with original art…
On December 9th, 2008, clients from the substance abuse program at Casa Esperanza joined with staff, artists, and representatives from The Art Connection to celebrate their new installation of original art…
In May 2008, The Art Connection facilitated a placement of art at this program for adolescent males involved with the Department of Children and Families; allowing the young men the opportunity to share their thoughts on artwork in a new way. They chose both abstract and representational work to add color to their living space as they develop skills to help them transition to independent living…
The fabric collage entitled “Buddha’s Cloak” by Clara Wainwright was recently donated to Youville House in Cambridge, MA. Youville House is a Catholic not for profit assisted living residence and is part of Covenant Health Systems, a New England-wide, health care, elder care and social service system. Their mission is to affirm life to the fullest to the very end of life…