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.    

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Healing the Syrian Refugee Children Art exhibition on May 10th.

ARCK is co-sponsoring the Spring Fling Open House with the Center for Arabic Culture -- ARCK will be exhibiting the artwork of the Syrian Refugee children in Jordan from last summer's workshops at Family Guidance Awareness Center ( in Zarqa, Jordan. The workshop was lead by Sara Mraish Demeter and Noor Doukmak and was partially funded by MIT IDEAS Global Challenge.

Click here to purchase tickets:

To learn more about the workshop from last summer, take a look at our video campaign

Please join us and enjoy the festivity to learn about the Center for Arabic Culture. If you are not able to attend please forward this invitation to your friends in Boston.

Check out the event flyer: