Letter of support from Michelle Wu, Boston City Councillor At Large

Letter of support from Jay Livingstone, State Representative


“I like art classes because it helps me concentrate in my other classes.”

– Anahya, Gardner Pilot Academy, 5th grade


“[Art] helps express who you are.”

– Janiah, student


“I really can’t begin to say how much of an impact ARCK has had in my classroom. For the past two years, my classroom did not receive arts as a special, so without the ARCK program, my students would not have had the outlet to express themselves creatively the way that ARCK allows them to. This year I’m working with students with moderate disabilities, and it’s extremely important that they have a vessel to communicate their thoughts and emotions and feelings and ARCK allows them to do that. I am extremely passionate about ARCK. I see the work that they do every week. The students are excited about it, they ask about it, they can’t wait for the ARCK instructors to come to the classroom.”

-Tyler Poquette, 3rd grade teacher at Blackstone Innovation School


“I spent the last summer with my dear friend Alice Laramore at the Frederick, traveling across three countries and studying Chicano resistance murals and really thinking about how we can reframe what borders and walls mean for our kids right now. At the very end of our trip, we spent a conference call with ARCK in the Dominican Republic on very spotty wifi, pitching to them that we wanted to launch the year with a collaborative mural across the city that would express student identity on walls. ARCK not only leapt in, but brought in a new school partner, a new teacher, and 40 more 7th graders without batting an eye, and got to work in July to prepare this for the beginning of September. So this is just one small fable of how every dollar you give has incredible, high-leverage impact on the hearts and minds of all the kids that we teach.”

– Katharine Atkins-Pattenson, 7th grade Humanities teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA)


“At first I didn’t know how to draw anything, but the teachers helped me and pushed me to continue what I do. I really like working with them.”

– Bergeline, Gardner Pilot Academy, 6th grade


“Interning at ARCK has been an excellent opportunity to develop and expand my skillset while working towards something I care about—youth empowerment. It was thrilling to see students immersing themselves in art-making and become more confident to express their thoughts.

It’s also worthwhile to work in such a supportive working environment and accompany such funny and passionate educators. Ideas are always welcome here. The tasks assigned to me were meaningful and directly contributed to ARCK’s current work. Whether it was attending weekly team meetings or providing in-class support, I learned a lot every day.

This experience provided me with estimable hands-on practice and a better idea of what knowledge, fields, and skills I should attach more importance and make further improvement to in my future.”

– Haihong Chen, Fall 2017 Education Intern, Boston University, Arts Administration


“I am always happy to support ARCK’s mission of ensuring that students across Boston have the opportunity to receive a high-quality arts education.  By investing in our children and providing arts curriculum to students that otherwise would not receive it, the work of ARCK continues to be invaluable to our communities.  I look forward to attending the gala in November and helping to celebrate both what the organization has already achieved and their vision for the future.”

Josh Zakim, Boston City Councillor


“Through co-teaching with an ARCK teaching artist I am learning so many new skills that I can bring into my classroom going forward to engage my students and provide multiple opportunities for my students to express themselves.”

– Katharine Atkins-Pattenson, 7th Grade Humanities Teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy


“The ARCK program has been a fantastic support to our English and history curricula.  When students were reading A Single Shard, a story about Korean potters, students had the opportunity to use clay to create their own pottery, which helped them to better comprehend the experiences of the characters.  Their willingness and priority to make these curricular connections is phenomenal!

It was tremendous to witness students on a stage in front of the entire school describing their art work who often shy away from the spotlight and from participating in classroom discussions and presentations.  The ARCK program provides them the opportunity to shine!”

– Debbie O’Shea, Learning Specialist for 6th and 7th grade, Gardner Pilot Academy


“I feel really privileged and proud to be part of ARCK. I am excited to share the value of art with developing creative minds. It’s a beautiful thing to watch a child grow.”

– Marian Dioguardi, Artist


“ARCK interns collaborate with classroom teachers to plan and implement visual art projects that are integrated into the Science and English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. They cultivate students’ creativity and enthusiasm for learning by designing art projects that engage and support learning as well as encourage each student’s creativity.”

– Connie Postma, Teacher, Josiah Quincy Elementary School


“While ARCK gives elementary school students an opportunity become immersed in visual arts by creating their own art projects in the context of their own community, instructors also have a meaningful experience. In creating and implementing weekly visual arts sessions with students, as an instructor I get a brief glimpse of the dreams and aspirations of these young people. In seeing them complete a project from start to finish, I get to see what is challenging them, what motivates them, and what they are most proud of, which is incredible.”

– Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario, ARCK Teacher, Gardner Pilot Academy
Master of Education, 2013 (Harvard University)


“Teaching has always been a passion of mine and volunteering in the field reinforces that enthusiasm, especially when I can combine teaching with science–a subject that I am also very passionate about. The arts are a critical aspect of human life. Experiencing art at an early age can only benefit the individual and society. I was therefore overjoyed when I learned that I would be able to work with ARCK and give young students the opportunity to learn with and from art. The class space and material are wonderful, Ms. Postma is always very helpful in the classroom and is a great resource.”

– Chealsea Anagnoson, ARCK Intern, Josiah Quincy Elementary School


“My experience as ARCK’s 2014-2015 Education Intern was a challenging but highly rewarding introduction to the field of arts education and non-profit work. Collaborating with ARCK’s incredibly dedicated, resourceful, and supportive teaching artists and interns was a wonderful learning experience and I will always be grateful for the skills and knowledge I gained working with them. Most of all, being surrounded by the creative, brilliant, and hard-working young artists in ARCK’s classes taught me more than I could’ve asked for about the power and process of art-making – my students helped me realize that art is just as much about making mistakes (and having fun making them) as it is about making masterpieces.”

– Claire Brown, Education Intern


“Working with ARCK has been a tremendous learning experience in understanding passion, creativity, and love that allow an organization to thrive. In addition to the attention to detail in decision-making and general operations, ARCK’s overall dedication to students and to each other has reminded me of the importance of shared purpose in breaking down barriers.”

-Lindsey Kunisaki, Spring 2016 Education Intern, Harvard School of Education


“ARCK values intercultural exchange not only in the classrooms but also in the office. As an intern originally from Taiwan, I have an exceptional experience working with staff, volunteers and other interns with diverse cultural backgrounds, and I always feel my culture and opinions are valued and respected. ARCK is a cross-cultural team that walks the talk in every way possible. Working with ARCK also helped me build self-confidence. My skills and work, no matter small or big, are appreciated by everyone, and this leads me to believe that I can make a difference even as an intern from a foreign country.”

-Sandy Teng, Development Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Intern, Northeastern University


“I really grew up with ARCK. I have been learning new things when I work with ARCK. Realizing that I can make a contribution to the children and the local community, I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. The most amazing part is that our work environment shows high diversity in culture. It is open and friendly. People from different backgrounds work together and exchange different ideas. Cultural collisions between us often result in incredible creativity. ARCK helps children to communicate through high-quality art, encourages them to be a great person as well as a contributor to their community and the whole world. That’s the most estimable part, which is also I appreciate the most, in ARCK work ethic. It was great to work with ARCK. ARCK’s passionate commitment to the mission of the organization creates a culture of thoughtfulness in the office space, where every decision (large or small) reflects a balance of philosophical and practical sensibility. Every action is an intentional step toward the impact ARCK aspires to make in the lives of children. ARCK’s work offers rich opportunities to explore new possibilities for the arts in education and in society.”

– Linlin Liu, Spring 2016 Education intern, Northeastern University, College of Engineering


“The goals of ARCK are wonderful — we are working with schools that may not have had time dedicated to art otherwise. The children enjoy drawing and talking to the teachers a lot–this aspect is definitely the most important and most beautiful part of the program for me so far.”

-Lindsey Boss, 2016 Education intern, Massachusetts College of Art and Design


“Working at ARCK has helped me to see the education system in an entirely new way. By incorporating a framework of leadership, civic engagement, and social justice, our way of teaching involves more than memorization and regurgitation: it encourages students to invest in themselves and the world around them. Creating a curriculum for students that pushes the boundaries of standardized learning has helped me discover the way I myself learn and process. As we examine how to approach and expand upon Common Core Standards, I am encouraged to be creative. Working with STEAM components especially has confirmed my belief in the importance of a well-rounded education, and has helped me to examine the STEAM system from the ground up. Most importantly, education is no longer simply a teacher and a textbook: it is a process, an environment, and ever-changing concept. “

– Juliette Mann, Spring 2016 Education intern, Wellesley College


“I am a software engineer. I manage the ARCK website. I’ve been volunteering for ARCK for over four years, and I find it a highly rewarding experience. I love working with the many interesting and talented volunteers of ARCK and I love seeing the art created by the students. Besides helping children, ARCK had a huge impact on my life as well. While volunteering for ARCK, Sara influenced me to start taking art lessons for fun, and I quickly realized that I love oil painting. Art has become a central part of my life. Painting makes me feel happy and focused; it opens my mind to detail and creative thinking. I believe art really helps with problem solving skills and seeing new opportunities.”

– Andrea Blake, ARCK Website Content Manager