Monday, June 30, 2014

#Followmyheart from #AHeartForArt event

#Followmyheart  from #AHeartForArt event on June 7th was a great success! We had almost 300 people stop by to create hearts, and now the #followmyheart campaign is officially on display in various locations to support ARCK's mission and advocate for more arts education in Boston Public Schools. Stop by Panificio Bistro and Bakery on Charles Street, the Dunkin Donuts on Boylston Street, Haley House in Dudley Square in Roxbury, and Ben & Jerry's on Newbury Street to see whose hearts made it and help support our cause! A couple of hearts even made it into Ms. Ruhling's 2nd grade classroom at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown! Here are a few photos of the hearts on display:

Dunkin Donuts


Josh Zakim's office

Ben & Jerry's

Ms. Ruhling's Classroom

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Juneteenth Celebration at the MFA

On Wednesday, June 18th, ARCK will be joining up with Future Boston Alliance at the Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the second annual Juneteenth Celebration, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19th has been celebrated as African American Emancipation Day since its origins in Galveston, Texas in 1865, and has since spread across the country. It is a free event, with programs ranging from speakers and performers to picnics. Click here to find out more and register.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A HeART for Art on the Common

On June 7th, families from our community will gather on the Common (near Earl of Sandwich) to donate to ARCK’s “A HeART for ART” event, and help spread the word for our mission to bring arts education to Boston Public Schools. ARCK will supply paper and various art materials for kids and parents to create and decorate paper hearts. Once these hearts are completed, they will have an option to donate their creation to ARCK to help raise awareness for the value and need for arts education in underserved schools in the Boston Public School system. 

ARCK will contact local businesses, and inquire if they would be willing to display the hearts in their windows or storefronts. Using the #followmyheart hashtag, businesses can tweet @ARCKBOSTON and tag us on Facebook, so as to help create more online awareness for ARCK and its vision. Those who create hearts can also use this hashtag to follow where their heart goes and see how they are helping support the arts in Boston. The businesses will also be able to tag other local businesses, and ask them to display the hearts as well. This way we can reach more individuals and business owners to help spread awareness for arts education in the Boston Public Schools and ARCK’s mission.

You can also help by donating on our website. We need your support! Light refreshments will be provided, so come out, have some fun, and help support ARCK and our vision!

Friday, April 25, 2014

You Are Loved

You are loved.
You are important.
You are beautiful.
You are needed.
You can do it.

These are just a few of the affirmations that 3rd grade students at John F. Kennedy Elementary used as inspiration for art projects they created last month. Lead by Teaching Artist Karuna O'Donnell, the project combined the skills of lettering, composing, painting, and drawing to create art works that uplift people and express a statement that could make a difference for someone. They learned about ancient artists and up through present day local artists in Jamaica Plain, who use art as a way to show people what truly matters to them. They discussed what it means to be a changemaker, and how we can all be changemakers through art. In this project, they created works inspired by the public art of Alex Cook, one of the artists from Jamaica Plain who focuses on public murals.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In summer 2014, Sara Mraish Demeter, ARCK’s Founder and Executive Director, will be traveling to the Zarqa region of Jordan to conduct a week-long workshop to bring arts education to a group of 40 Syrian Refugees. The art workshop will run from 9 am – 1 pm and consist of integrating reading and writing, story-telling, and painting to help these children begin the process of rebuilding their lives. This program is a continuation of Sara’s work she did in 2013 in Jordan and ARCK is seeking your help to make this possible once again for 2014. With your support, ARCK will extend this program for 4 months and secure a teacher, under ARCK’s consultation, to continue this art education program with the same children. 

Please help us heal the Syrian Refugee children through arts education this summer. Let's help close the education gap where so many of these children are unable to attend schools. Help them learn to be creative, build skills to educate themselves, and provide a safe environment for a better future and the hopeful tomorrow.

Visit our Indiegogo Campaign page to learn more and donate today! Please help us spread the word about delivering arts education to Syrian refugee children. Use the Indiegogo share tool to ask your friends, family, and neighbors to contribute to this campaign today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Call For Materials!

To Donate: Please drop off or send supplies to our office at
ARCK Boston
59 Beacon Street, Suite 1
Boston, MA 02108

 You can also donate to ARCK by shopping at AmazonSmile or Blick's Art Room Project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Creative Minds: Spotlight on work at Gardner Pilot Academy

DayMarie – 5th Grade (Tempera paint and watercolors)

Students created superheroes based on their cultural background and powers that the students felt best represented what they looked for in a hero.   The students first created their superhero and then created the world in which their superhero lived.  

Kenny Deleon – 5th Grade (pastels and markers)

Students learned about Arabic calligraphy and common themes in Arabic art, including shading techniques and patterns.  Students created their own names in Arabic and then in English. 

Maria Camilla Herrera – 4th Grade (Construction paper and recycled materials)

Students created collage portraits using construction paper and recycled materials to represent different parts of the face and other features.