We send artists and artisans to teach woodworking and visual arts in schools and community centers throughout Boston. There, students of all ages experience the joys of making things by hand, using imagination, building skills and taking creative risks.
School & Community Partnerships
We believe all young people have the right to great art education and opportunities. Through our School & Community Partnerships, we bring art instruction to young people where they live, work and play.
Our high-quality classes take place across Boston—in schools, libraries and community centers. We reach children who may not receive art, woodworking or tinkering classes anywhere else.
Our programs ignite creativity, enjoyment and the pride of accomplishment as children make objects and art by hand. Our curriculum supports literacy and STEM and aligns with Common Core State Standards. We serve a broad range of learners, including English Language Learners, students with behavioral challenges and students with disabilities.
This year, we are proud to teach VIRTUALLY more than 2,000 students throughout the city, from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Although things will look a little different, everyone is excited to connect with students and share the power and creativity of art.
Virtual Teaching Spotlight: Abby Neale
Our School & Community Partnerships teacher Abby Neale has been a rock star before and during social distancing. She jumped right into virtual teaching when Boston Public Schools closed their doors. As our lead visual art teacher at Grew Elementary School and Lee Academy, Abby has restructured her living space and uses her cell phone to teach her students. Visit her YouTube channel or Facebook page to see her in action.
SCP in Action
Check out the video below to see our program at work:
Interested in exploring a partnership for your school, after-school or out-of-school-time site? Contact Program Director, Alison Croney Moses.
Art Teachers Alliance
Good teaching depends on skilled, well-supported faculty. Our Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to all art teachers from the Eliot School, Boston Public Schools, charter schools and community partners (no membership required). It improves skills, shares resources and builds collegiality among peers. Find out more here.