About Us

Our Mission

The Marble Collection (TMC) cultivates creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning. 

Our Vision

TMC envisions a community that cultivates young artists and writers, in which we are the leading publisher and advocate of creative work by teens.

About Us

To fulfill our mission, we publish the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, a juried, professional-quality publication, and the only Massachusetts’ statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing and spoken word poetry videos by students in grades 8 to 12. TMC’s commitment to published teens does not end when they are selected for publication. We offer our Mentoring for Publication Workshops, lasting 6 weeks, in which teens are paired one-to-one with college student mentors, who guide their work to publication for real world audiences. Teens explore the creative process through self-reflection, and ultimately learn to describe their work and convey its meaning to audiences at TMC's annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art.

Why We Do it

It has been demonstrated that art, in all its forms, contributes to social and academic development in youth. According to the nonprofit research and advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, a high level of involvement in the arts is linked to improved academic performance for students, lower school drop out rates, and greater college and career readiness. Yet budget cuts, and an emphasis on standardized testing, are eliminating creative classes in schools across Massachusetts. TMC helps to fill the gap left by a decline in school arts programming. We support teens in their creative endeavors and affirm their voices by giving them the experience of publication for real world audiences.  At a time of tightening education budgets, we offer our publishing and mentoring programs to teens free of charge.

Our teen artists and writers say it best. They tell us that taking part in TMC’s programs helps them discover their passions, build their confidence and life skills, and find inspiration to pursue their art beyond high school.

Our Accomplishments

Each year, nearly 100 Massachusetts teens participate in our Mentoring for Publication Workshops and are published in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. Their work is selected from the roughly 600 works submitted annually via our website. Our participating teens represent more than 200 public and private schools and community organizations across the state. In 2013, TMC was awarded the prestigious Arts|Learning “Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative - Multi-Disciplinary” Award for developing a model arts education collaborative between school and community cultural resources.

TMC made a significant impact in our community in 2016. Our proudest accomplishments include...

  • Conducting five free, in-person Teen Publication Workshops at Artists for Humanity, John D. O'Bryant School, and the Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea, to encourage teens in under-resourced, urban areas to take part in our free programs.

  • Debuting our new “Pop-Up Gallery” program, instituting three temporary teen art exhibitions at the Massachusetts State House, the Landmark Center in Boston, and Boston’s City Hall, reaching nearly 12,500 community members.

  • Engaging 22 college students as interns and mentors in our Internship Program, giving them hands-on leadership experience.

  • Publishing more than 100 teen writers and artists in the print and online 2016 editions of The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts.

  • Distributing a complimentary one-year magazine subscription to every public and school library in the state, reaching nearly 35,000 teens, educators and community members.

  • Conducting the semi annual six-week Mentoring for Publication Workshop, pairing our published teen writers and artists one-to-one with college student mentors who guided them through the publication process.

  • Showcasing 265 teens on our e-Gallery – an online marketplace for teens to sell high-quality prints of their artwork, building skills in entrepreneurship.

  • Hosting 200 teens, their families, educators and community members at our annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, which celebrated our published teens with an exhibition of their beautiful artwork and a program of their inspiring fiction and poetry.

Please click here to learn more about the impact we’re making to cultivate a community of writers and artists in our 2016 Annual Report.