Youth on Fire
Youth on Fire is a shelter for homeless youth located in Harvard Square. Under the direction of Wendy Prellwitz, and with the support of Y2Y (Youth to Youth), Kitty Zen, a former member and current advisor at YOF, designed an 8′ x 38′ mural that was installed in their new shelter in Harvard Square. Many volunteers helped transfer the design to panels and paint it to Kitty’s specifications. The result is a powerful presence in the new space.
Learn more: www.facebook.com/YouthOnFireMA
Community Charter School of Cambridge
Maud Morgan Arts designed a summer program for incoming students at The Community Charter School of Cambridge to balance the academic morning program offered at the school. Half of the program spaces are reserved for CCSC students, and the balance are open to other interested students.
Learn more: www.ccscambridge.org
Catalyst conversations pairs high level scientists with well-known professional artists for public conversations of topics of interest in their specialty. The exchange sparks exciting connections and allows the public an extraordinary insight into creative thinking in both fields. MMA has collaborated to offer hands-on workshops by Catalyst Conversation artists, in particular during Cambridge Science Week.
Learn more: www.catalystconversations.org
People’s Sculpture Racing
As part of Cambridge Science Week, Mitch Ryerson, a well-known sculptor, lead a workshop to design and build Aesop’s Fabulous Flying Machine. Middle school students sculpted animal heads and attached them to long poles. Riding their scooters, they pulled a boat suspended by helium balloons in which Aesop himself sat in glorious splendor. They raced the sculpture in Danehy Park and again in the People’s Sculpture Race on June 4, 2016 by the banks of the Charles River.
Learn more: sculptureracing.org
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Students at LUCAD have been assisting and interning at MMA in increasing numbers now that we are close neighbors. They gained valuable field experience, and MMA gained much needed help in the studios. Upon graduation, MMA continues our relationships by having recent graduates teach classes in our program.
Printmaking students at LUCAD earned credit for an ambitious screenprint project in support of the Spirit Awards 2016. Adapting designs by Honoree Wendy Prellwitz, they printed a multi-colored fabric that was then turned into table runners, napkins and table clothes by volunteer sewers.
Learn more: www.lesley.edu/college-art-and-design