November Newsletter

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

The holidays are just around the corner. Create gifts that your friends and family will cherish. Make Silkscreened Holiday Cards. Craft some Mosaic tiles. Dive into Matchbook Art. Hand-turn a Shallow Plate. It is not too early to register for winter children's classes in Woodworking, Sewing and Art. All classes offer new projects and introduce new skills. Find more possibilities on our site.

11/20 • Professional Development for Art Teachers

Our PD workshops this year focus on social, emotional and behavioral health and wellbeing through art making for teachers and students. Coming up: RAW Art Works focuses on social and emotional approaches to art education rooted in art therapy. By offering healthy role modeling, positive forms of expression and exploration of healthy self-identity, RAW's model improves young people’s quality of life. Open to all teachers, teaching artists, parents and other interested adults. Register here. Read about the workshop series here

“New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!” at Galatea Fine Art

Our Artist in Residence’s exhibition “New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!” closed at the end of October with a proper send-off. L’Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge artists, Anita Adiukwu, José Benavides, Rose Gelin, Marieliza Manigat, Isaac Madera-Cepeda, Vladimir Mesidor and Jasyrah Rosier shared what monuments mean to them and how we can re-envision them to represent us and our community. The celebration included spoken word performance by L’Merchie Frazier and Vladimir Mesidor, as well as a surprise dance performance by Radical Black Girl, Destiny Polk.

Thank You for Supporting Teen Bridge!

Teen Bridge/AIR programs are entirely dependent on philanthropic support. We would like to thank Boston Cultural Council, Mass Cultural Council, Linde Family Foundation, Plymouth Rock Foundation, Joe Kalt & Judy Gans Foundation, New World Foundation, David & Maureen Moses and many individual donors for making this program possible. To support this program contact our Development Officer, Alicia Chick.

CreatedBy Festival

As we do every fall, we held a crowded, exciting woodworking room at Boston Children’s Museum’s CreatedBy Festival (formerly the Mini-Maker Faire). Eliot School teacher Allison Healey led participants in creating an imaginary city made from wood and cardboard. Our School & Community Partnerships reach thousands of children throughout the city in schools, community centers and at special events like this one.

Give While You Shop

Support the Eliot School while you shop for the holidays. If you use AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchase comes to the Eliot School. Simply enter Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts to select us as your beneficiary. Only purchases made at will result in donations. Thanks!

Changes in our Staff • Thank you!

We’ve been fortunate to have Verónica Ramírez Martell, Dyllan Nguyen and Brooke Scibelli on our staff for the past four years. All three leave us this fall for other endeavors. Verónica joins Mass Cultural Council's Community Initiative, supporting Cultural Districts and Local Cultural Councils throughout the state. Brooke joins the Education team at the ICA Boston. She and Dyllan continue to make hand-crafted objects through their company, Non Issue Studio, while Dyllan teaches throughout the area. Many thanks to these talented, warm-hearted colleagues who have brought so much to the Eliot School.

Website Pro Tip: How to Donate

Giving season is upon us, and we are grateful to you for supporting our work bringing quality craft and arts learning to all. Your donations help us teach thousands of children in Boston’s schools and community centers and hundreds more in our schoolhouse each year. It’s easy to donate online. Choose whether you want to donate for general use or a specific program, leave a note, give in memory or in honor of someone you love or admire, and voila!