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. 



L'Merchie Fraizer, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, is 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. 

  • Participate in New Urban Monuments on 7/13/19 at Community Lab @ JP Porchfest "Tell Us the Truth Booth”; 12pm-6pm; Eliot School Yard, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; RSVP Here!
  • View final artwork at Jamaica Plain Open Studios on 9/28/19 + 9/29/19; 11am-6pm; Eliot School Yard, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • Visit our Artist in Residence Exhibition 10/02/2019 - 10/27/2019; On display at Galatea Fine Art 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston. 

    Reception Oct 4, 6-8pm
    Artist's Talk Oct 6, 3pm


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:

The Teen Bridge and Artist in Residence programs are generously supported by:

Boston Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
The Joe Kalt & Judy Gans Family Foundation
Linde Family Foundation
Maureen and David Moses Family
New World Foundation
Plymouth Rock Foundation
and general support from Mass Cultural Council.