Special Projects

“I AM” Mural Project

In the coming year, middle-school students from Gardner Pilot Academy will be participating in a major public art opportunity, a large outdoor mural titled “I AM” in Boston near Fenway Park. This will be a collaborative project among our students, local artist Mark Cooper, and an ARCK teaching artist. The “I AM” collage will explore identity, tying in with the Leadership component of our curriculum and incorporating community participation. This is a great opportunity for students to see a professional artist at work and to experience the pride of having their art on display in a highly-visible public work.

We are seeking sponsors to help us raise funds for our programming. Sponsors may be recognized on a plaque at the mural site. For more information, see our “I AM” project brochure or email us at


International Art Healing

In addition to developing programs for public schools in Boston, ARCK founder Sara Mraish Demeter has traveled to Jordan to bring a “Storytelling through Art” program to Syrian refugee children displaced from their homes and schools and living in Jordan. This international art healing program was conducted at the Family Guidance Awareness Center in Zarqa and aided by a small grant from the MIT IDEAS Global challenge.

Sara is passionate about the power of art to help heal after trauma, and hopes to continue working with children affected by the global refugee crisis. Read her blog entries from the 2013 program here to see the impact the arts can have on children experiencing displacement and trauma.