Events, News & Awards
Spring into Art: The Marble Collection’s Magazine Release Gala Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Boston
The Marble Collection announces its annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery. The event is a celebration of Massachusetts’ students, grades 8 to 12, whose writing, poetry, artwork, and photography are published in the organization’s award-winning online and print magazine. It features an exhibition and sale of jury-selected teen artwork and a program of teens reading their original creative writing, emceed by educator, writer, and performer, Krysten Hill.
Spring into Art also includes a raffle, performances by UMass Boston’s student jazz ensemble and Slam Poetry Society, as well as the presentation of awards to two Massachusetts public high school teachers for their outstanding support of the arts. H’or deuvres and drinks will be served. The exhibition of teen artwork will remain in the Harbor Gallery from May 15 to May 21, 2017 and is open to the public.
Teens, their families and friends, educators, and members of the community at large are invited to attend. Tickets to Spring into Art are available in advance for $25 at http://bit.ly/2ln5SDl or for $35 at the door. Students receive free admission. Donations are encouraged to support The Marble Collection’s programs, including publication workshops for teens in underserved schools that help them build portfolios and resumes for college and career.
Creative semi-formal attire is encouraged. Space is limited. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/2ln5SDl by May 8th.
UMass Boston junior, Rixy Fernandez, receives the prestigious 2017 Arts|Learning “Outstanding Student Advocate” award for her contributions to The Marble Collection
Boston, MA, May 08, 2017– Rixy Fernandez, a junior at the University of Massachusetts Boston pursuing her B.A. in Studio Arts with a focused track in Sculpture and Mixed Media art, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 Arts|Learning “Outstanding Student Advocate” award. This award is designed to honor a high school or college student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in making the case that the arts are important for Massachusetts youth. In fall 2016, Ms. Fernandez served as an Art Juror & Mentor Intern at The Marble Collection (TMC), a nonprofit housed and sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, that publishes the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. Ms. Fernandez proved her commitment to TMC’s mission to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts during her 4-month tenure with our organization. She was responsible for critiquing teen artworks and writing as well as working one-on-one with teens in TMC’s six week Mentoring for Publication Workshop. Ms. Fernandez worked with teens to facilitate the exploration of their creative process, preparing them to convey its meaning to audiences. Ms. Fernandez also helped promote and install a month-long teen art exhibition at Boston City Hall in November 2016. TMC Executive Director Deanna Elliot says, “We are sincerely grateful for Ms. Fernandez’s contributions and for her meaningful commitment to the arts.” In addition to Ms. Fernandez’s contributions to TMC, she is also the newly appointed President of the Performing Arts Union at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Coordinating the UMass student juried exhibition and providing pro-bono creative services helped earn her this appointment. Ms. Fernandez’s aims to enhance the Performing Arts Union to provide additional resources and feedback to students as well as a safe space for expression and rehearsal. Moreover, Ms. Fernandez illustrates for the UMass publication, Writ Large Magazine, and also teaches dance and provides administrative assistance to the Tango Club. Outside of campus, Ms. Fernandez provides freelance commissioned work in a multitude of mediums – marketing logos, paintings/illustrations, face painting, henna tattoos, and videos. She teaches Paint Nite Socials, and enjoys witnessing others experience the joy and freedom of creative expression. Her ultimate goal is to continue to improve her craft while positively impacting others through practicing and teaching art. Ms. Fernandez will be honored at Arts|Learning’s 30th Annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6:30 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA 01581. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please RSVP online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtChampion2017.
The Marble Collection Announces the Winners of its Creative Advocate—Outstanding Art Educator Awards
Boston, MA, May 01, 2017- The Marble Collection announces the recipients of its second annual Creative Advocate—Art Educator Awards. Each year, the awards recognize two Massachusetts’ public high school teachers who share in The Marble Collection’s mission of cultivating creativity and excellence in the arts. The Outstanding Art Educator awards will be presented at The Marble Collection’s annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery. The Marble Collection’s 2017 Outstanding Art Educator honoree in the visual arts category is Ms. Teresa Karangioze, veteran Art Specialist at Chelmsford High School. Ms. Karangioze has taught studio art and art appreciation classes at Chelmsford High since 2006, after first teaching art at the middle and elementary school levels. She has developed an innovative art curriculum and is committed to helping her students showcase their creative work in gallery exhibitions and competitions. She says of her teaching practice, “I am a very curious educator constantly researching new ways to engage and connect my art students and expand their creative processes with real world connections.” Five of Ms. Karangioze’s students have been selected for publication in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts 2017 editions. The 2017 Outstanding Art Educator honoree in the English Language Arts category, Ms. Melanie Wittmier, is a veteran English teacher at Ayer Shirley Regional High School. During her nineteen years at Ayer Shirley Regional, she has taught almost every class in the English department, including AP Literature and Composition and Creative Writing. Despite the increasing pressures placed on teachers by standardized testing, Ms. Wittmier encourages her students to be creative and take risks. She explains, “it’s as much the job of the educator to teach students about themselves as it is to teach them about the curriculum.” Seven of Ms. Wittmier’s students have been selected for publication in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts 2017 editions.
The Marble Collection Releases its 2016 Annual Report, Detailing an Amazing Year of Accomplisments
Boston, MA, Febraury 15, 2017– At The Marble Collection (TMC), a passion for creativity is what motivates us and brings together our teen writers, artists, college student mentors, staff, board, and supporters. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished in the past year. Together, we published more than 100 teen writers and artists in the print and online 2016 editions of The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. With the generous support of the University of Massachusetts Boston, we distributed a complimentary subscription to every public and school library in the state. From our office at the University of Massachusetts, we engaged 22 college students as interns and mentors who received hands-on leadership experience and worked one-to-one with our teens to guide them through the publication process in our semiannual six-week Mentoring for Publication Workshop. We brought our free, classroom-based Teen Publication Workshops to under resourced Massachusetts’ schools and communities, providing urban youth with the tools and inspiration to share their voices in TMC’s award-winning publication.Together, we did it all free of charge to teens. And that’s just the beginning. Please click here to learn more about the impact we’re making together to cultivate a community of writers and artists in our 2016 Annual Report.
The Marble Collection Receives Grant Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council: Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects (CIP) Program
Boston, MA, October 1, 2016– The Marble Collection (TMC), nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, received a grant in the amount of $2,500 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects (CIP) Program. This grant signifies that TMC provides a high level of public value through its quality publishing and mentoring programs, which are free for Massachusetts’s students, grades 8-12. The Projects Program is a highly competitive grant program that will support TMC’s Mentoring for Publication Workshops in 2017. TMC’s mission is to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that builds confidence and deepens learning. To fulfill our mission, TMC collaborates with a network of more than 200 Massachusetts schools and community groups to serve 100 Massachusetts teen artists and writers each year through its 6-week Mentoring for Publication Workshop. The workshops are free for teens and available both online or in-person. Teens are paired one-to-one with college student mentors who help them refine their voices and guide their work to publication in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts—the only statewide, juried print and online magazine that features artwork, photography, poetry, and creative writing by teens. MCC has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The not-for-profit cultural industry has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.
Arts|Learning “Outstanding Student Advocate” Award 2017
UMass Boston junior, Rixy Fernandez, receives the prestigious 2017 Arts|Learning “Outstanding Student Advocate” award for her contributions to The Marble Collection, nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. http://www.artslearning.org/award-winners-recent-past-and-present/
Arts|Learning “Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative - Multi-Disciplinary” Award 2013
Deanna Elliot, 27, of Lakeville, Executive Director and Founder, The Marble Collection was awarded the prestigious Arts|Learning “Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative - Multi-Disciplinary” Individual Award for developing a model arts education collaborative between school and community cultural resources. http://www.artslearning.org/award-winners-recent-past-and-present/
Arts|Learning “Outstanding Student Advocate” Award 2013
Jared Newman, a rising junior at Phillips Academy Andover and Student Advisory Board member at The Marble Collection, was awarded for his exceptional leadership in making the case that the arts are important for Massachusetts youth. http://www.artslearning.org/award-winners-recent-past-and-present/
South Shore Stars '40 Under 40 Awards 2012
The awards recognize 40 emerging South Shore leaders under the age of 40 for professional accomplishments, civic engagement and demonstrated leadership potential. Deanna Elliot, 27, of Lakeville, Executive Director and Founder, The Marble Collection was chosen as a 2012 awardee. http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x383194268/South-Shore-Stars-hosts-40-Under-40-Awards-at-Marina-Bay#ixzz2YkC4Rhme