About Us

Our History

WHO ARE WE?

The Marble Collection, Inc. [TMC], a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization believes that engaging teens in the arts fosters their creative, academic and social development. Budget cuts, along with a curriculum focus on standardized testing, are eliminating creative classes in schools across the state, negatively impacting students’ academic achievement as well as their career and college preparedness. For this reason, TMC provides students with a vibrant outlet to express themselves through images, words and multimedia. 

TMC’s service population includes all Massachusetts secondary students, grades 8-12; this is a population of over 360,000 students. By collaborating with a network of more than 200 Massachusetts schools, libraries and nonprofits partners, TMC reaches nearly 75,000 student authors and artists statewide. To enhance its impact, TMC strives to diversify its partners beyond middle and high schools by collaborating with libraries, arts associations, and nonprofit organizations that share in our mission and specifically serve economically disadvantaged student populations.

Since its inception in 2008, TMC has published 7 print and digital editions of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts; distributed nearly 6,800 complimentary copies; hosted 38 college-level service learners; showcased over 365 inspiring student works; and mentored 250 student authors and artists through the comprehensive publication process.

WHAT DO WE DO?

TMC publishes the only print and digital magazine of the arts for and by Massachusetts secondary students; The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts showcases students’ art, literature, music and video works. In addition, we offer one-to-one online Student-Mentoring Workshops, in which college-level mentors help teens share and refine their voices—at no cost to the school or student.

TMC also conducts a Service-learning Program in which college-level service-learners learn to both manage the organization and deliver services to our high school clients. Through a comprehensive online teaching and learning model, TMC integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection, enriching the learning experience; teaching civic responsibility; and advancing the organization’s mission to provide Massachusetts students with literature and arts education and one-to-one eMentoring to advance their creative development.

WHY DO WE DO IT?

It has been demonstrated that art, in all its forms, contributes to youth development. Yet budget cuts are eliminating creative classes in schools across the state, negatively impacting academic achievement and career and college preparedness.

Did you know?

  • Involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, more community service and lower drop out rates.
  • Business and school leaders are virtually unanimous in rating creativity as increasingly important in U.S. workplaces (97 and 99 percent respectively).
  • The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They inspire us, foster creativity, help us express our values, build bridges between cultures and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion or age.

TMC offers free arts education programs to schools and students in need, filling a long-ignored void in the creative sector. High school participation has exploded from 24 schools to over 170 in just four years.

Our Mission

Mission Statement

TMC’s mission is to provide Massachusetts students with literature and arts education and one-to-one eMentoring to advance their creative development.

Vision Statement

We envision a community that cultivates and celebrates the arts, where we are the leading publisher and educator for developing teen media.

Organizational Structure

TMC’s board members, staff and volunteers represent the fields of education, art, technology, multimedia and publishing. TMC’s Advisory “Working” Committee is currently assisting the founder and Executive Director, Deanna Elliot, in developing the organization and fiduciary board. By August 2013, TMC will dissolve the “Founding” Board and reassemble a qualified, committed Board of Directors.

TMC “Founding” Board of Directors

Deanna Elliot, President

Ms. Elliot, the Founder and Executive Director of TMC, provides organizational and program guidance and is involved in long-range capacity building. She is currently enrolled in the Organization Leadership: Nonprofit Management Master’s program at Wheelock College.

Chris D’Errico, Director

Mr. D’Errico currently holds the position of Creative Director at Enterprise Strategy Group, a marketing and information services company. Mr. D’Errico provides technological and creative guidance in the form of video and Internet development at TMC.

Kenneth Elliot, Treasurer

Mr. Elliot has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the agriculture industry and manages his own produce farm. He provides entrepreneurial insight concerning organizational development and growth.

Patricia Rose, Secretary

Ms. Rose is a RN Supervisor at the leading nonprofit healthcare provider, Heritage. She provides TMC with continuity in management and organizational leadership.

Leadership

Since TMC’s inception, founder and Executive Director Deanna Elliot has loaned her full-time services in an administrative and program oriented capacity to manage and grow the organization. With future funding TMC hopes to expand and diversify administrative and staff positions beyond its one full-time staffer.

Advisory “Working” Committee

TMC maintains an 11-person Advisory “Working” Committee that is responsible for helping define the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. Our advisors are experienced in youth development and programming, secondary education curriculum development, public relations and marketing, grant writing and fundraising, general nonprofit management and nonprofit governance. The purpose of the committee is to forge a collective dialogue among people engaged in the community, to identify concerns, brainstorm solutions and formulate a plan for creating change. Community organizing and engagement is essential to accomplishing TMC’s decided goals.

Student Advisory Board

TMC has instituted an 8-person Student Advisory Board to advise and mentor staff and to develop suggestions for program improvement. Student members will be essential contributors, committed to enabling TMC to achieve its mission, realize its potential, and fulfill its obligations to supporters and partners.

Program Staff

TMC conducts a Service-learning Program in which college-level service-learners learn to both manage the organization and deliver services to our high school clients. Program staff includes college-level service-learners, who enthusiastically endorse TMC’s mission. UMass Amherst English major and TMC Mentor Todd Orchulek states, “I had the chance to work closely with some extremely talented high school writers, and our collaborative conversations were very rewarding. This is a very important publication, a great outlet for creative high school students." At present, TMC collaborates with a number of college and university career services across Massachusetts—including, but not limited to: UMass Amherst, Bridgewater State College, Stonehill College and Boston University—to recruit, train and host its service-learner staff. TMC Service-learners assume front-line positions including, but not limited to: Accounting Manager, Communications Specialist, Marketing Manager, Advertising Development, High School Mentor, among other vital roles. Through TMC’s Service-learning Program, young people gain access to the range of supports, opportunities and hands-on experiences, which they need to develop into skilled and thoughtful workers. 

Financial

As an educational 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, The Marble Collection, Inc. relies solely on grants, sponsorships, donations, subscription and advertising sales to support our arts education programs.

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PDF The Marble Collection, Inc. Conflict of Interest Policy

Grants

TMC is supported in part by grants from the below local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Acton-Boxborough, Agawam, Amherst, Attleboro, Auburn, Bridgewater, Carver, Chatham, Chicopee, Concord, Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, Deerfield, Dighton, Falmouth, Gloucester, Granby, Groton, Hadley, Hanson, Holliston, Lakeville, Lawrence, Marlborough, Malden, Mattapoisett, Medway, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Salem, Somerset, Sturbridge, Sutton, Taunton, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wareham, Webster, West Newbury, Winchester

TMC is also supported in part by grants from the below corporations.

Target Corporation
Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant
Walmart Stores
North Adams, North Dartmouth, Wareham

In-Kind Product Donations

StaplesWestern Digital
Huddle foundation logo
BJs Wholesale Club, South Attleboro, MA &
Stoughton, MA
Huddle Foundation
  • ArtBeat, Arlighton, MA
  • Tutto Italiano, Lakeville MA

In-Kind Service Donations


Contact Us

Deanna Elliot, Executive Director
The Marble Collection, Inc.
202 Main StreetLakeville, MA 02347
Phone: (508) 692-8912
Email: deanna@themarblecollection.org