New School of Music ‘Student Art & Music Showcase’
Both MMA and the NSM set the stage for creative expression. Recent program collaboration NSM hosting ‘Pop Up’ exhibitions in their student concert room, coinciding with NSM children’s concerts. The presented artwork has been created by MMA’s children’s programs (grades Kindergarten through 8th). Student Art and Music Showcase series started in Spring 2019.
Gately Youth Center Ceramic Project
This project is designed exclusively for youth that attend the Gately Youth Center (GYC) to participate in afterschool ceramic art classes in the specialized workspace at Maud Morgan Arts (MMA). GYC is a North Cambridge community after-school program for low-income youth. GYC youth do not have access to a ceramics studio. At MMA we are strongly focused on equitable access. Working with local organizations and creating partnerships to expand our programming to a broader audience is a top priorities.
The program will run in 5-week sessions, once per week, through June 2018, and will introduce students to ceramics techniques and processes as a fine art form. Finished artwork will be shared at Gately and through a student work exhibitions at MMA. This project was made possible by a Cambridge Arts Council Project Grant, Education & Access.
Learn More: cambridgema.gov
Youth on Fire
Youth on Fire is a shelter for homeless youth located in Harvard Square.
January through May 2017: Screenprinting Workshop Pilot underway with members of Youth on Fire. Young adults design and print tshirts and posters of their own design, as they express themselves artistically and build their self-confidence.
January 2016: 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
Yearly, Ongoing: 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
Art Centers Alliance
Yearly, Ongoing: Maud Morgan Arts works in supportive collaboration with art centers and organizations that build community through the arts. Twice annually, leaders of art centers from across the eastern Massachusetts gather to discuss and contribute to the greater creative community across the region. Topics often include advocacy, leadership, creative programming, support for artists, exhibitions and opportunities in the creative sector.
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