The Art Connection Announces Artful Seeds Artists Fellowship, New Program Connecting Artists and No
Every three months, The Art Connection will partner local artists with non-profit organizations to create long-lasting bonds and collaborate on artworks for permanent installations
By: The Art Connection
Through the Artful Seeds Artists Fellowship, The Art Connection provides non-profits a direct hands-on experience with an artist, introducing them to the full cycle of art – ideation, physical making and exhibition – over a three-month period. The artist will create custom works for the non-profit's space, lead art workshops with their community members, and take groups on a field visit to a Boston-area gallery or museum to get a more diverse art experience. The Art Connection commissions the artist's work, and ensures permanent location at the non-profit's space. The total value of these services going to the non-profit agency is $9,600, with $6,000 of that total value paid directly to the artist.
"We test piloted the fellowship program by pairing emerging Cambridge artist Cicely Carew with Bay Cove Human Services in early September," said Jeanne Dasaro, executive director at The Art Connection. "Cicely and the members of Bay Cove are in constant communication, collaborating on what pieces Cicely is creating for them, and continue to build a bond that will carry on after their three-month program is complete. Seeing this work out so well gave us the confidence to make the Artful Seeds Artists Fellowship a permanent part of The Art Connection curriculum."
Bay Cove Human Services partners with people to overcome challenges and realize personal potential by providing individualized and compassionate services for people facing the challenges associated with developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, aging-related needs and/or drug and alcohol addiction. At its core, Cicely Carew's work is about radical wonder and hope.
"The Art Connection perfectly aligned me with an organization that shares the same mission, ethos and foundation for why I create the artwork that I do," said Cicely Carew. "As a result, working with Bay Cove has opened me up to new friends, new fans and new audiences that I would not have been able to reach if it wasn't for the fellowship program."
In its 24-year history, The Art Connection has given rise to more than 400 permanent art installations at hundreds of community-serving agencies throughout Greater Boston. To learn more about The Art Connection, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Art Connection offices at 617-338-7668.