Press Releases

  • 10/04/18 – Eliot School Selected for Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. Read more here.
  • 01/03/18 – Eliot School Announces Artist in Residence Call for Proposals for 2019 & 2020. Read more here.
  • 12/18/17 – Historic Art School Selects designLAB architects for Expansion Plan. Read more here.

Videos • TVPress ClipsReviews, Blogs & a Poem

Check out our new video profiles featuring some of our School Partners and School House programs!

Students have their first taste of woodworking with Beth Ireland and the Eliot School Partnership Program. Video by Carla Pataky, 2013

A visit to the Eliot School. Video by Amanda Harrington & Will Weglein, Boston University Center for Digital Imaging, 2008


  • Renovation, Expansion Eyed for Eliot School,” Neighborhood Network News, January 9, 2018—Eliot School trustees Ed Forte and Melony Swasey talk about community outreach for the Eliot School's upcoming space renovation and expansion plans.
  • Around Town: Art for All, February 10, 2016—BNN-TV visited the Eliot schoolhouse, then partner Sumner Elementary School to hear about the Art Teachers Alliance, and finally the annual Community Youth Arts Festival in Mattapan.
  • BNN Interviews the Eliot School, Neighborhood Network News, January 23, 2015—Chris Harding interviews Eliot School Director, Abigail Norman, about our Youth Arts Festival and spring and summer classes.
  • Fall Preview,” Chronicle, WCVB-TV/Channel 5, September 5, 2014—Yarn bombers festooned the Eliot School’s sign in preparation for their October talk and demo at the school, part of Art Week Boston. Fiber arts faculty and staff members Diane Ivey, Kelly Knight and Jessica Bucci were the culprits.
  • Comics Classes,” Chronicle, WCVB-TV/Channel 5, July 31, 2013—Indie comix artist (and Eliot School teacher) Jerel Dye visits our Summer Program for Children halfway through this segment.
  • BNN Interviews the Eliot School, May 24, 2012—Chris Harding interviews our School Partnership Program Director, Nicole Murray, and teaching artist Ellen Shattuck Pierce about the first Youth Arts Festival. It’s part of our Roslindale Arts Initiative, bringing great art education to all public school students in one Boston neighborhood.
  • Night Out,” Chronicle, WCVB/Channel 5, November 16, 2010—The Eliot School is a great place to go out at night. We shared the segment with other affordable fun in Boston.

Press Clips

  • Barr and Klarman foundations team up on $25 million arts initiative,” Lillian Brown, Boston Globe, October 3, 2018— “The Barr Foundation and the Klarman Family Foundation have teamed up on a major investment, the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative, granting $25 million to 29 arts and cultural organizations across the state,” including the Eliot School.
  • The Eliot School Planning for Expansion,” Richard Heath, Boston Bulletin, February 8, 2018— “The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts... is outgrowing its yellow brick walls on Eliot Street.”
  • Eliot School Announces New Artist in Residence Program, Issues Call for Proposals,” Jamaica Plain News, January 10, 2018— “The Eliot School, the 341-year-old Boston-based art center, is launching its new Artist in Residence program...”
  • Eliot School Exploring Possible Expansion and Renovation; Community Input Wanted,” Abigail Norman, Jamaica Plain News, December 27, 2017— “... a panel of trustees has selected designLAB architects...”
  • Eliot School Chooses Renovation Team,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, December 22, 2017— “The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts has selected designLAB architects...”
  • Holidays in JP: Ornament Making at Eliot School,” Peter Shanley, Jamaica Plain Gazette, December 8, 2017— “It's a fun, family-friendly event for the holidays.”
  • Directing over a decade of growth for Boston art school,” Ed Karvoski, Jr., Fifty Plus Advocate, December 2, 2017— “Abigail Norman drew upon her lifetime of experience with community-based arts...”
  • Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Other Arts Orgs Awarded Mass Cultural Council Grants,” Jamaica Plain News, November 22, 2017— “Jamaica Plain’s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts has been awarded two grants....”
  • Eliot School Looks to Update and Expand Building,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, October 13, 2017— “With an aging building and class size growing, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts is starting a multi-year process to update its facility and expand its footprint....”
  • Historic art school celebrates decade of progress, honors three leaders,” Sandra Storey, Jamaica Plain Gazette, May 26, 2017——“The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts has seen dramatic, positive change in the past ten years. A celebration of that progress and three Jamaica Plain residents who were key to building the programs and stability of the local nonprofit took place last month....”
  • Historic Boston, Inc., March 1, 2017—Eliot School Director Abigail Norman outlines the history of the schoolhouse and long-range needs that could affect its future.
  • Everything is New Again: Eliot School Celebrates 340 Years of Education and Craft,” Pamela Larsen Mathews, Jamaica Plain Gazette, January 29, 2016—“The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts marks its 340th birthday this year, celebrating with a series of parties, talks, and exhibitions...”
  • Youth Arts Festival slated for January 24,” Joe Dilworth, Boston Bulletin and Hyde Park Bulletin, January 15, 2015—“Groups of talented local art students will soon have the opportunity to put their 'exuberant' pieces on public display....”
  • Thread Alerts,” Improper Bostonian, September 2014 —“In the right hands, the softest of materials can be transformed into art with undeniable edge... ”
  • Best of BostonBest of Boston, Boston Magazine, August 2014 named the Eliot School BEST OF BOSTON 2014 for Neighborhood Diversion/Jamaica Plain.

  • Festival to honor Roslindale arts on tap,” Austin Hall, West Roxbury-Roslindale Bulletin, May 29, 2014—“Roslindale has always loved its arts, which is why residents will be happy to know...”
  • Historic Eliot School undergoes renovation,” Bonnie McBride, Jamaica Plain Gazette, April 11, 2014 —“Working in a maze of scaffolding high above Jamaica Plain’s Eliot Street, two women from North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry program are restoring the cupola on the historic 1831 schoolhouse of the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts....”
  • Creativity on Display at Roslindale Open Studios,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, November 6, 2013 —“…Vansuch and Murray agreed that one of the exhibition’s most memorable visitors was a little boy who had a wooden box on display.…”
  • Roslindale Artist Takes Craft on the Road,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, October 25, 2013 —“Turning Around Boston will reach over 500 children, each child making a pen or whistle using a ruler, saw, file and rasp.…”
  • Urban Renaissance: Can Arts Programming Save America’s Cities?” Ola Topczewska, Harvard Crimson, October 1, 2013 —“Our goal is to show schools the value of arts education so that at some point, in the future, they might hire their own art teachers. In the interim, we fill a gap....”
  • Roslindale's Youth Arts Festival Showcases Talent,” Victoria Groves, Roslindale Transcript, June 7, 2013 —“Roslindale’s budding artists and musicians took center stage last Saturday at the Roslindale Arts Initiative’s (RAI) second annual Youth Arts Festival....”
  • Senior Life: Eliot School a home for senior artists, crafters,” Abigail Norman, Jamaica Plain Gazette, March 1, 2013 —“The school's classes draw 1,400 students each year, with about a tenth of its adult students over 65.... Seniors receive a 10 percent discount on tuition.”
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    The school’s classes draw 1,400 students each year, with about a tenth of its adult students over 65. Classes are small, with six to 12 students each. Seniors receive a 10 percent discount on tuition. - See more at:
  • JP’s Eliot School brings art to Rozzie students,” Abigail Norman, Jamaica Plain Gazette, October 26, 2012 —“For the first time in recent memory, all Boston Public School students in Roslindale will have art classes this year. …”
  • Eliot School teacher continued legacy of longevity,” Peter Shanley, Jamaica Plain Gazette, September 14, 2012 —“Old Eliot School teachers never die, they just fade away into the woodwork. And so it goes with Charlie Sandler, who retired in May…”
  • Roslindale Arts Initiative Youth Arts Festival, Kim Foley MacKinnon,, June 2012 —“The first Roslindale Arts Initiative Youth Arts Festival featured art from students in grades kindergarten through 8 from all of Roslindale's public schools.”
  • Roslindale Students Shine at Open Studios,” Kim Foley MacKinnon,, November 7, 2011—“There were more than 100 artists featured during last weekend’s Roslindale Open Studios, but the youngest entrants might well have been the happiest to be there.…”
  • Una Joya Escondida en Jamaica Plain,” Carlos Quintero, El Mundo, August 4–11, 2011— “…Es inmensa la historia de esta institución sin fines de lucro económico, que merece ser más conocida por nuestra comunidad.”
  • Eliot School gets $25K donation,” John Ruch, Jamaica Plain Gazette, July 22, 2011— “An anonymous $25,000 donation from a Jamaica Plain family to the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts is the basis for a new scholarship fund for low-income students.…”
  • Grant Opens Artistic Vistas for Roslindale Students,” Charlotte Hough, Roslindale Transcript/Wicked Local, July 17, 2011 — “…The Eliot School specializes in art instruction, offering classes to both kids and adults in painting, woodworking and mixed media. The Jamaica Plain school sends its teachers to other classrooms, including many in the Boston Public Schools, under the School Partnership Program.…”
  • School Art Programs Get Boost,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, June 24, 2011 — “…The grants, announced on June 15, also will allow JP′s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts to continue and expand its arts partnership with three Roslindale schools.”
  • Masters of Disguise,” Jamaica Plain Gazette, June 24, 2011 — “A group of Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts Summer Program students show off the animal masks and costumes they created…”
  • Big Tools for Little Hands,” Julie Scelfo, New York Times, March 31, 2011 — “…At the nonprofit Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston, children from 4 to 17 are designing furniture and learning joinery techniques in woodworking classes and an off-site program taught at local elementary and middle schools.…”
  • The Eliot School: Jamaica Plain's Go-To Place for Making Things By Hand,” Rebekah McKinney, JP Patch, March 30, 2011 — “…Today, the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts is recognized as one of the best places for adults and children to learn and practice skills in such ‘manual arts’ as painting, fiber arts and woodworking.…”
  • Student art mixes with cheese in Roslindale,” Robin Regensburg, Roslindale Transcript, December 6, 2010 — “At Roslindale’s Boston Cheese Cellar, there’s more on display than an assortment of curds. Above cases with Parmesan, Stilton, Camembert and Feta, artwork by students from Washington Irving Middle School is prominently on exhibit. ...In addition to one full-time Visual Arts teacher, the Irving has a part-time art teacher provided by the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain.”
  • Best of BostonArt Activity for Kids-Best of Boston

  • Boston Magazine named the Eliot School BEST OF BOSTON 2010 for Art Activity for Kids: “For budding Picassos, the standard summer arts and crafts classes can seem a bit elementary.... Enter Jamaica Plain’s Eliot School, where young artists can explore their world through printmaking, woodworking, sewing... Popular selections include sessions on building go-carts and creating comic books. And if your kid brings home the DIY bug, adult classes are also offered.”

  • Take a Furniture Class,” Courtney Hollands, Boston Globe, G/Style Section, May 27, 2010 — “There's no guarantee that you’ll meet your very own Aidan (or Adrienne, for that matter) at the Eliot School’s caning, upholstering, or design classes, but who cares? You might discover a knack for furniture making, and, at the very least, you’ll end up with a new cover for your footstool or a freshly stained end table.”
  • Historic arts school adds depth to kids’ education,” Kristin Bonelli, Jamaica Plain Gazette, April 3, 2009 — “Teaching about colonial settlers in the 1600s, Young Achievers teachers were looking for new and creative ways to help their classes relate to the lives of those how lived in Massachusetts hundreds of years ago.... They needed a site that would allow them creative freedom, space and artistic guidance, so they turned to the Eliot School....”
  • Woodworking is important art for COMPASS youths,” Christine McDonnell, Jamaica Plain Gazette, August 24, 2007 — “Sandler has been teaching woodworking at the Eliot School for 40 years. He knows how to guide, encourage and explain – skills honed over his 36 years as a special education and vocational teacher...”
  • Praise, thanks and arias for a master craftsman,” Ron Fletcher, Boston Globe, Nov. 4, 2007 — “Sandler sees opera and woodworking dovetailing. ‘To appreciate one is to appreciate the other,’ he said. ‘Both involve balance, symmetry, mathematics, beauty, patience, and vision....’”

Reviews, Blogs & a Poem

  • Thank you Charlie,” Joe Bergin, Jamaica Plain Carpenter Poets, September 2012 — A poem in honor of Charlie Sandler upon his retirement after 46 years at the Eliot School.
  • Jamaica Plain’s Eliot School Teaches the Head, Heart, and Hands,” NabeWise — “Ask most children what their parents do at work all day, and you’re likely to end up with a list of vague-sounding tasks amounting to no tangible proof of work.… Take heart, Boston, there’s a movement afoot to reconnect our heads, and our hands. The Eliot School, in Jamaica Plain, has been providing Manual Arts education to Bostonians for more than a century.”
  • Upholstery at the Eliot School,” Apartment Therapy — “We thought we'd let you know about a wonderful place that lets you get your hands dirty and learn to upholster furniture yourself....”
  • Yelp — “Total bonus points for the awesome, creative environment...”