January Newsletter


With sincere gratitude, we say thank you to our supporters. Because of your time and generosity, 2019 was a wonderful year at the Eliot School. We look forward to another year of making and creating with our amazing community.

• We saved you a seat for Winter Classes 

There are January classes available and much more to look forward to in the spring. Sign the kids up for Woodworking or Sewing. Learn to make Studio Furniture. Upgrade your Upholstery. Oil Paint your way to a masterpiece. Jazz up your kitchen sink with Silkscreen or craft a Quilt for your bedroom. 

• Figured out Summer Plans for your kids? 

Sign up for Summer Program for Children. General registration is now available online. Check out the 7-week schedule for exciting summer art-making for ages 6-12. 

• Summer Craft Intensives

Continue to develop your capabilities for making. Every August we offer a series of classes that provide an opportunity for intensive study and crafting. Browse through the Find a Class tool on our home page. For Class Type, just select Summer Intensives. 

• Extreme Makeover - Wood Shop Edition 

Thanks to several generous in-kind donations, new equipment, machines, and tools are significantly upgrading our woodshop. Work began over the holiday break and will continue for the next few months as we reconfigure the shop layout. Stay tuned to our social media as we share progress. Many thanks to Facilities Manager, Andrew Riiska, and his crew for their tireless hard work and dedication to this ongoing project.

• Teen Bridge's Neighborhood Totem Travels

Our Teen Bridge students created a collaborative fiber art sculpture with 2019 Artist-in-Resident L'Merchie Frazier. The Neighborhood Totem, reconstructing what public monuments might mean, is now on view at the Egleston branch of Boston Public Library as part of Violence Transformed. Photo Credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photos

• Creativity with Boston Teachers Union Students

Through our School & Community Partnership program, the YMCA of Greater Boston brings us to Boston Teachers Union School, where K1-2nd graders eagerly learn visual arts each week. Teacher Zahirah Nur Truth guides the class in learning about new artists, materials, and ideas. Students recently examined artist Eric Joyner's whimsical paintings to create their own sketches. They transferred their sketches into paintings to practice color mixing. Their final projects were strikingly imaginative, and students left the class with a sense of pride and knowledge of a new artist. Thanks, Zahirah for all that you do!

• A Resolution You Can Keep!  

This year, join our 1676 Society to become a monthly donor, inspiring a love of creating and making. Your recurring contribution is more manageable for you and your budget by extending your payment over time. If you need to make changes to your online donation, NO PROBLEM! Just give us a call. It’s easy and convenient. Click here to become a monthly donor today!