Monday, August 27, 2012



Greetings from the ARC!

A new semester is just around the 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

- 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