Wrapping Up the Year with These Updates!
December 22, 2020
Wrapping up the End of Year with these Updates
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Support the Eliot School this Season
Things just aren’t the same without you. Thank you for your notes of encouragement, calls, and contributions. Your sweet words and generous financial support have meant the world to us and allowed us to continue the work that we do, although not as we’re used to. We are thankful for you, our community, as we once again ask for your support. Please give what you can to support us In inspiring lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.
Tax Benefit to Giving in 2020: CARES Deductions
The CARES Act allows for additional charitable tax-deductions this year on all gifts made to the Eliot School by December 31. For more info, please visit here.
Holiday Shopping from our Faculty Artisans
Buy local and support our faculty and staff. We’re making holiday shopping easy with a list of our teachers who sell their wares online. Visit the Faculty and Staff Holiday Gift Guide here.
"InterGeneration": Transformative Art-Making
Early this month, we gathered for a preview of InterGeneration, a beautiful and thought-provoking film by our 2020 Artist in Residence, Carolyn Shadid Lewis, and our Teen Bridge youth. Elders showed a deep and personal view of Boston. Teens responded with cut-paper animation and poetic commentary, and the elders and teens reflected on each others’ words and work. Your comments and kind words were so inspiring to our young artists and reminded us of the truly transformative power of artmaking.
Wood Shop Improvements
Members of our wood shop community gathered this month. It was great to see teachers and students together online. We discussed the wonderful improvements we’ve been able to make in the schoolhouse and woodshop during closure, and to look forward to upgrades we’ll need to make before we can bring folks back into our space. Board member and architect, Ed Forte detailed two top priorities, clean air and social distancing. A system to ensure clean air exchange and filtration could cost us $40,000 or more.
To get the fundraising ball rolling, a generous student pledged $10K to help reach our goal. Before the night was over, we more than matched this gift. We are a now past halfway to an airflow system! Many thanks to those of you who gave and pledged. You can help, too. We still need to raise $15k to meet our goal.
Clean air will be the starting point as we ultimately move to re-open our tuition-based classes. Please help us get to that starting point by donating here.
Proud to Be Part of Boston's Art Expansion
We’re proud to be part of the solution! BPS Arts Expansion Initiative has substantially increased a key provider of visual arts classes in Boston Public Schools, building creative, confident kids. Their partnership and support have been key to our work. We know the arts are fundamental to student success. We’re working together to amplify arts education in Boston, because we all know how important it is for our youth. #BPSArts4All
1/27 • Eliot School Salon: A Conversation with Abigail and Alison
Join Eliot School Executive Director Abigail Norman and Partnerships Director Alison Croney Moses for updates, community, conversation and behind-the-scenes insights into our plans. This event is FREE but you must register here to attend.
Thank you and Farewell to Alicia Chick
Our Development Officer, Alicia Chick, left us this month after 3 years of organizational growth and change. Alicia brought a new level of professionalism and experience to our development and communication work. We'll miss her warm heart and comradeship as well as her skills. You will find her working on Individual Giving at Mass. MENTOR, which supports children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. We will be updating her position and issuing a job description soon.
New on our Board & Advisory Council
A big welcome to new members of our leadership team. Fi Nguyen joins our Board of Trustees. Michelle Millar Fisher joins our Advisory Council along with recent new additions Toni Loiacano, Kris Manjapra and Paul Spinale.
Thank You from our Team
Because of YOUR support, our arts educators continue to keep our mission in the forefront, teaching remotely in Boston Public Schools and inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all! Keep up with our School and Community Partnership team here.
We Miss You!
We want to thank everyone in the Eliot School community for all your love and support during this unusual and challenging of times. We miss seeing you in person and can't wait to be together again. Be safe, be well and thank you.
Support us with Amazon Smile
We encourage you to buy local and support local business. But when you do use Amazon, use AmazonSmile. Help Amazon throw a little change to Trustees of Eliot School (our legal name) whenever you shop there.
Follow these four easy steps:
1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com
2. Go to Your Accounts & select Change Your Charity
3. Select Trustees of Eliot School