Artists in Residence

Eliot School Artists in Residence will partner with Teen Bridge, which brings a small group of passionate teens from Boston schools to our Jamaica Plain schoolhouse, where they participate in a rigorous arts program that combines skill building, mentorship, employment and intensive art enrichment opportunities. 

  • 2018 − Home, with Nora Valdez

Sculptor Nora Valdez will kick off the first residency in 2018 on the theme of home. Through this project, Nora and Teen Bridge youth will initiate a public dialogue by exploring the questions: What makes a place home? What makes home safe, comforting? How do we create a sense of home, claim a place as home?

  • August 2018 Events – Join Nora Valdéz and Teen Bridge participants for free artmaking workshops in early August at Jamaica Plain & Roxbury library branches. Together use drawing, creative writing and collage to reflect on the meaning of “home.” Your work will be part of a collaborative community artwork unveiled in late August. These workshops are family-friendly and open to all. Learn more and RSVP: Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Workshop 3, Culminating Event.

L'Merchie Fraizer, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, will be the 2019 resident artist and will focus on the theme of New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside YourselfMonuments stand to materialize our memorial practices that shape the American landscape.  Recent calls for the literal destruction of public monuments responds to what is considered American ideals and democracy.  Why do these hard relics that represent a divided America, that frame challenge to democratic possibilities, remain to shape public memory in our neighborhoods and parks?  How do we create new possibilities that engage new ideas emerging from the current populace? Through this project, L'Merchie and Teen Bridge youth will collaborate on a project that investigates and answers these questions. 

Carolyn Shadid Lewis, a multimedia artist and filmaker, will be the 2020 resident artist. Her work with Teen Bridge youth  will bring members of two different generations together (the teens on the verge of adulthood and seniors at the later stage of life) through dialog and through a collaborative art making. 


Past residencies have brought artists to engage with our school and community partners: