Step Into Art and Mother Caroline Academy Honored at the State House, July 2018

Pictured above:  Representative Liz Malia (fourth from right) with Step Into Art founder Abby Rischin and Mother Caroline Academy sixth-grade students and staff during the State House reception in honor of our ten-year exhibition and partnership.   This week, Step Into Art and Mother Caroline Academy had the honor of showcasing our ten-year anniversary exhibition at the Massachusetts State House.  At a beautiful reception on July 18, Representative Liz Malia presented us with citations from the governor and House of Representatives “in recognition of 10 years of partnership and dedicated service to enriching students’ learning in the world of art….” Our student artists proudly shared their paintings, we received a proclamation – followed by a standing ovation – in the House chamber, and then we were welcomed onto the governor’s balcony! It was a very moving and memorable day capping an amazing decade of creative collaboration. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Citation: “Be it hereby known to all that the Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest congratulations to Step Into Art in recognition of your dedication to enriching students’ learning through the use of art as they engage in art interpretation, literary writing, and public speaking.  The entire membership sends its very best wishes….” The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor’s Citation: “On behalf of the citizens of the […]

Step Into Art with Lee Academy at the Codman Square Library, April 2018

Step Into Art with Lee Academy at the Codman Square Library: Celebrating a Community Partnership and New Exhibition Pictured above:  Step Into Art self-portraits by Lee Academy third-graders on view at Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library.   This spring, we celebrated the newest Step Into Art partnership, our third-grade program with Lee Academy Pilot School, an extraordinary inclusion school in Dorchester. Bringing students our signature program featuring art from the Gardner Museum, we also reached out to the community in a new way:  we mounted an exhibition at the Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, just a few blocks from the school. Our exhibition transformed the library’s Children’s Room. Walls once bare are now lit up by 52 colorful self-portraits – the faces of Lee Academy third-graders.  Display cases long empty are now filled with children’s poetry inspired by art from the Gardner. In April, we held a celebration at the library, with live music and art-making.  The shining moment was when students came forward to read their poems aloud to the large gathering – including many students who have long struggled with language and communication. Third-grader Amarachi opened with these lines: “When I step into the courtyard of the Gardner Museum, I feel like it’s a palace of my own.” Before the celebration was […]