Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ARCK in the NEWS!


Moving forward -- Art Resource Collaborative for Kids was born this summer 2012-- Parents, Educators, Artists, Teaching Artists, Interns from the SMFA, and Elected officials all working together to support more creative visual art in the Boston Public Schools. We are working with the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, MA.  Our curriculum and themes incorporates and support's the school's daily effort in literacy and core academics.  We celebrate the diversity, culture, and community of the school through art and exhibitions of student's art work.  Our recent "Kick off for Art" fundraiser  was very successful and well attended.  Here is an article that came out simultaneously with the event from the Boston Courant -- section Beacon Hill.





Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kick off for Art

We are celebrating our first annual kick off for Art fundraiser.
Fun filled evening, music, small bites, and cocktails. For more information please click on the link below:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7xzbx7kab&oeidk=a07e6hp6w62f0c80b2f

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Workshop at the Orphanage Center in Alba'qa Refugee Camp in Amman, Jordan


On July 12th, 2012, driving with Muhammad Abu Aziz, (a local artist and Arabic calligrapher) in a big rental four wheel drive car, we entered a densely populated fertile farm region - where Alba'qa (A suburb in Amman, Jordan) Refugee Camp an Orphanage Center was located - to give a visual art workshop. We proceeded down the traffic congested streets which were crowded with people who were in the midst of fasting for Ramadan on this stifling 106 degree summer day. No wonder there were so many people running around that day—all with the same mission of looking for food to feed their families.

We drove to the center of town which consisted of a farmers market, bus station, and an open air clothing market.    We drove in circles in the labyrinth streets looking for parking and finally maneuvered the monstrous car on a side street adjacent to a  tiny market where the storeowner  almost objected to us parking  in front of his store – until  we told him we were only going to be there for 2 hours.  We proceeded to  walk across the bustling streets to get around the corner of where the U.N's office was right next to the Orphanage center.

As I walked inside the main office of the Orphanage center, I met with the manager who welcomed us to a computer room that consisted of twelve desktop computers covered with light bright blue sacks made out of fine mesh fiber. At the desk was Mr. Alaa Al'zeh who welcomed us and offered us coffee as is traditional in Arabic hospitality.  He volunteers regularly there and said that he once attended this center (http://nowar-jo.com)-  which strives at promoting the health and well-being of their almost 300 orphans that attend their winter camp in Aqaba, and assists  those children to attend universities, get health benefits, and assist in promoting positive outcomes. They are also building and about to open this year a private school which most of the Orphans will attend for free. 

We greeted our 15 or so co-ed mixed age students around an oval conference table with comfortable chairs who shyly welcomed us.  I broke the ice with them using a technique I learned in one of the workshops that I attended at Lesley University and VSA of Massachusetts -  of course I had to do it in Arabic and not in English. I asked them to please stand up and to introduce themselves verbally followed by a body movement that they liked  which we all had to mimic – the outcome was that they all giggled as they did their very personal and creative movements.   It proved to be a lot of fun and  accomplished the goal of making everyone feel a bit more comfortable.  
Muhammad started speaking about what is Visual Art? We talked about common themes and asked students what they want to express within the theme. Then poured primary color paints in half cut plastic water bottles (to encourage recycling) and gave them paper canvas to use for their subjects. They had to work with a topic of "Describe Your Environment" - they all raced to start immediately and were loving mixing the colors and learning about what colors to mix to get the colors they were looking for. At the end of the project a few of the students volunteered their art work and told us they would like to share it with us and show it in Boston.  We will try our best this fall to find a home for them where people can indeed see how talented these children are from Albaq'a Refugee Camp.  It was our pleasure to work with them and to have met such an inspirational center manager Mr. Alaa. Al’zeh--



To view our slide show in Alba'qa Refugee Camp click here:



Monday, August 27, 2012

Partnerships


ANNOUNCING A NEW SMFA PARTNERSHIP WITH ARCK

Greetings from the ARC!

A new semester is just around the corner...here are a few updates you'll want to know about:






SMFA students interested in arts-in-education have a chance to co-create art curricula with art teachers in Boston Public Schools and host exhibitions at SMFA featuring work created in the classroom. ARCK's mission is to provide Boston Public School students in K-12 with hands-on visual arts experiences, promoting equal access for all children and youth. 

ARCK is seeking 3-9 SMFA students to intern from September to June in 3 different classes of mixed groups of 5th and 6th graders

Project Site: Gardner Pilot Academy, 30 Athol Street, Allston, MA 02134
Internship: Fridays, 8:15-9:30 am
Internship dates: September 7, 2012 and continuing through the end of June 2013. 
2012-2013 Project Theme: Our Community

APPLY NOW!
- Learn and gain valuable teaching experience under experienced supervision
- Use and be trained on educational frameworks
- Gain experience integrating studio art with academics
- Experience the integration of art and culture in our public schools

For more information about ARCK's previous success story at Josiah Quincy Elementary School:

 
 


Monday, August 13, 2012

Visual Art Workshops at Ruwwad in Amman, Jordan

Visited Ruwwad in Jabal Al-Natheef in Amman, Jordan (Ruwwad is a non-profit community empowerment organization that helps disadvantaged communities overcome marginalization through youth activism, civic engagement and education.  

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs, Ruwwad operates through a network of partnerships between the private sector, civil society organizations, government and target communities. It was started in 2005 by initiating an ongoing dialogue with Jabal Al-Natheef, a severely marginalized urban area of approximately 75,000 residents in the heart of East Amman, in order to identify the urgent needs of the youth, children and families of the community. Ruwwad adopts a community organizing methodology that nurtures grassroots leadership development) 

I walked uphill in Jabal Al-Natheef looking forward to a great experience with almost 17 children from the neighborhood-  It was a great feeling knowing that they will get a hands-on experience and exploration of their environment.  We (Muhammad Abuaziz a local artist from Amman and I)  proposed a collage project that is based on the children's environment.  It was very rewarding where the children were very happy and some wanted to do more projects-- 

One group of children found tea bags, sugar packets, small white plastic spoons to describe tea and it's importance on the Jordanian culture and how important tea is as a way to communicate family gatherings and friendship- a very hospitable way to invite friends and family to show love and respect.  How tea or coffee plays a role of community gathers to discuss daily issues on the street.  

Each child felt free to choose the subject they connect with and were very happy and the result was happy and positive children who some wanted to do more art projects.   Other children gave their art pieces to Sara at ARCK to take to the U.S and show case their artwork in Boston.  They wanted to share their love to visual art and their curiosity to how people or children live in the U.S. One girl told Sara, "I love America, its very beautiful there".  

If we can break barriers of intolerability and stereotyping through visual art, we could have a better and safe world of both great understanding about both worlds and that people are people who love art and not wars.  

This was a great collaboration where Amani.Sahouri -Ruwwad art assistance, Muhammad Abuaziz (Arabic Calligraphy artist) came together for a wonderful rich experience- the kids at Ruwwad were very confident and loved to do more art.  These kids who don't receive visual art in their public schools, were very receptive and keen on doing more projects.  We are hoping to have an exhibit of their art work showing in Boston to share with everyone their passion and love to the art- how talented and wonderful these kids are.  This is very important and so rich in providing opportunities to children all over the world -- the message we need people to hear is that art is vital to our health and well being and through Art we can have a sane healthy society.

To view photos of the workshop click here:

Friday, August 3, 2012


“It’s not only about the visual art experiences. It’s about opening the dialogue between students and the outside world. Through our investigation of culture and the promotion of acceptance, we will be able to expand on the understanding of respect, the ability to be self-expressive, and the mission to support the development of informed and proactive citizens of the world.” -Sara Mraish Demeter, ARCK Founder

Sunday, July 1, 2012

We are going to Amman, Jordan- Middle East. hoping to find art education experiences to bring to
refugee camps.
Our theme will be "Opening Dialogue and Understanding" to share with our children, our families and friends.
We hope to post about our experience and also to bring back artwork to display with our partners here in the Boston, MA area.

We will keep you posted!

Thank you for your support in making high quality visual art more accessible to all children.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ARCK in the NEWS:

Moving forward -- Art Resource Collaborative for Kids was born this summer 2012-- Parents, Educators, Artists, Teaching Artists, Interns from the SMFA, and Elected officials all working together to support more creative visual art in the Boston Public Schools. We are working with the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, MA.  Our curriculum and themes incorporates and support's the school's daily effort in literacy and core academics.  We celebrate the diversity, culture, and community of the school through art and exhibitions of student's art work.  Our recent "Kick off for Art" fundraiser  was very successful and well attended.  Here is an article that came out simultaneously with the event from the Boston Courant -- section Beacon Hill.






Our past success story at Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES), in Chinatown, downtown Boston.
We had a very successful initiative and a pilot program started at JQES.  Parents, educators, artists, and community members all volunteered to give a wonderful gift of visual art. The theme of our workshops and festival was, "Diversity Thru Art".

Here is a video and an article about our event and initiative:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhpO0TFsjcU&feature=youtu.be


http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/downtown/2012/04/quincy_school_students_partici.html

We are going to celebrate our cultural community arts education through out the Boston Public Schools.  We hope you can get involved in making ARCK a great organization- where we can all  connect and collaborate to ensure our children have hands-on high quality visual art experiences.



Workshops at Josiah Quincy Elementary School









Monday, June 25, 2012

WE at ARCK would love to hear from you regarding our effort and how to make our initiative successful in teaching hands-on visual art to to all the children and youth who are left in the void- without art education! 

Help us build our organization by volunteering your comments, feedback, or suggestions and any help from building our website to finding grants to fund some of our Boston Public Schools!

This is a group effort and it should be the concern of our entire community to make sure we can fill the gap by providing visual art education to all students.

Let's celebrate the arts by making our children's voice be heard. Together we can enjoy our diversity through our values that we all share to make our community- one strong, united for the arts.
Thank you,
Sara

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mission Statement


Generate opportunities for students from K-8 in the Boston Public Schools to have hands-on visual arts experiences, promoting equal access for all children and youth.  Celebrate and incorporate the diversity of students’ values and cultures in the art-making instruction by teaching artists. Engage the community through intergenerational student partnerships and exhibitions of student artwork, ensuring a rich educational opportunity—one that builds individual character and self-confidence as well as compassion and cooperation.