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Beacon Hill fund-raiser supports art education non-profit Art Resource Collaborative for Kids

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  November 29, 2012 01:06 PM

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Sara Mraish Demeter (left), founder of Art Resource Collaborative for Kids, looked on as at-large City Councilor John R. Connolly spoke at a Nov. 8 fundraiser for the recently founded non-profit group.

City residents and elected officials turned out to support art programming in Boston Public Schools at a Beacon Hill fund-raiser for the grassroots group Art Resource Collaborative for Kids.

The organization’s mission is to fill the gap in arts education at the city’s elementary and middle schools by providing free weekly visual art lessons taught by qualified artists, founder Sara Mraish Demeter said in an email, and “to support the schools’ daily efforts in literacy and core academics through celebrating diversity, culture, and community.”

Supporters gathered alongside City Councilors John R. Connolly and Michael P. Ross at the $150-a-ticket Kick-Off for Art fund-raiser on Nov. 8.

“It has been truly amazing to see the transformation that ARCK has been able to make in those children’s life,” Demeter said in the email. “When ARCK first started, students didn’t seem interested; they appeared tired and disengaged. Now they are engaged and participating in all activities and show great self confidence and express their opinions freely.”

Demeter, who came to the US from Jordan more than 20 years ago, began her mission after her son entered kindergarten last year at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown. Dismayed to find the school had no art teacher, Demeter established a volunteer visual arts initiative at the Quincy School called Diversity through Art.

After seeing success with that effort, Demeter founded the Art Resource Collaborative for Kids last summer. The work has since expanded to Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, where artists work with art-student interns to offer free lessons each week, through a partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Demeter said.

The coalition hopes to help three more schools starting in fall 2013 and is working with the Boston School Department to identify schools in the greatest need, Demeter said.

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Supporters mingled at the Nov. 8 fundraiser inside a Beacon Hill home.

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