ARCK’s 5th Annual Benefit Gala, Oct 27th, 2016 – THANK YOU for your SUPPORT!


Dear Friend,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining us at ARCK’s 5th Annual Benefit Gala. Your support, care, and love makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission. You are helping students discover and explore their innate creativity – an important step in reaching their full potential.
I trust you all had a wonderful fun time at the gala. Please see for yourself what a fun night it was!
Thank you photographer Pierce Harman for taking these wonderful photos!
“Art takes a village.” Together, we build bridges and break down barriers!
Thank you for the Live Art Performance by

Percy Fortini-Wright (MFA)

Gala Co-Chairs:
Laura Godfrey
Joelle Tomb Zakak
Special Guests:
Julie Burros, Boston Chief of Arts and Culture on behalf of Mayor Martin J. Walsh (speaker)
Joe Boncore
Jay Livingstone
Josh Zakim
Guest Auctioneer and MC:
David Brown,
Chief Advancement Officer,
MAB Community Services,
former WCVB Ch. 5 broadcaster
We depend on you to achieve our mission. We are still looking for support for our students, including students with multiple disabilities. Please help us provide materials that they can use and help us provide our teaching artists professional development to learn more about special needs education. ARCK’s role is not only filling the arts education gap, but being part of the solution in closing the achievement gap. It’s about being active participants with classroom teachers, engaging students in learning, giving students choices of outlets to express themselves and thrive freely on their own. All gala proceeds go directly to support our high-quality arts education integrated with STEM components, which supports a school’s academic learning objectives, and helps to unlock our students’ greatest potential.
Please consider sending a check or making
We are looking for corporate gala sponsors for our 2017 gala! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please view our Sponsorship Package–  Email us with questions at
Sara Mraish Demeter
Founder and Executive Director
Special Thanks to our host committee members:
Co-Chairs:  Laura Godfrey & Joelle Tomb Zakak
Andrea Blake
Lana Bakarat
Giuliana Berchicci
Alberto Bianco
Diane Boissonneault
Heidi Boulogne
David Brown
Chantal Chretien
Harry Collings & Dan Moon
Anthony Corey
Daniela Corte
Sara Mraish Demeter
Evie Dykema
Jamaal Eversley
Paul Ha
Heloisa Fitzgerald
Olivia Ives-Flores
Pattye Grant
David Jacobs & Gen Tracy
Michael Kelley & Ricardo Rodriguez    >>
Lois R. Kunian & Stephen T. Kunian
Sandy Larson
Mojgan Lefebvre
Nicole Malo
Catherine Manning
Roberta Orlandino
Daniel Palazzo
James Peltier
Stephanie Saunders
Laura Sauter
Amy Gallant Sullivan
Jason Sweeney
Nubia William
Leslie Wilcox
Michael Winston
Doris Yaffe

Special Thanks to our Sponsors! 
‘I am, We are’ Mural Unveiling Ceremony
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK)

“I Am, We Are” brought Boston together 

This past Tuesday June 14th, ARCK broke down barriers and brought the community together in our “I Am, We Are” mural unveiling ceremony. We are so grateful to all of our attendees, thank you for sharing this exciting moment with ARCK! This billboard-sized art collaboration between Gardner Pilot Academy  middle schoolers and artist Mark Cooper is now displayed and ready to leave a mark on three million passersby. ARCK‘s arts integration program brought creative minds together for identity exploration and has also enabled a broader multicultural perspective. Make sure to look out for “I Am, We Are”, at 51 Brookline Avenue near Fenway Park, if you missed the ceremony!
 Special thanks to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros, and city Councilor Josh Zakim for joining us. Also, thank you to the Red Sox for their generous support and private reception provided to the students and their families. We truly appreciated the opportunity to celebrate our artistic, collaborative accomplishments with our supporters!

For more photos, visit Flickr to take glance at the “I Am, We Are” ceremony. 
Please take a look at this video, produced by the Mayor’s office about the ceremony.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors Bain Capital, Red Sox, Commerce Bank, and Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.


Also we want to give a special thanks to all our collaborators: Small Army, Michael Jabbawy at Goodwin Proctor, Reverse Architecture, The Boston Guardian, Someone Creative, Studio Nouveau, Lupoli Companies, Cambridge Reprographics, Demeter Development Group, LLC,  The Holland Companies, Joelle Tomb Zakak, Boston Public Schools: Gardner Pilot Academy students and staff,  ARCKS’s art teachers , interns, and special thanks to mural artist Mark Cooper.


October 27th
ARCK Auction Benefit Gala

Join us in this celebration, and support ARCK in unlocking children’s creative potential


Happy Snowy Spring!

Happy snowy Spring!
ARCK and FPAC: Unlock the Children’s Creativity
Exhibition: April 4 – 27, 2016
Reception & Open House:Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Mon-Tue:7 am-3 pm, Wed-Fri: 7 am-6 pm, and by appointment
Address: FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Celebrate the opening of Unlock the Children’s Creativity by joining us for a special evening reception at Fort Point Arts Community Gallery. Take a close look at the exhibition and enjoy light food and drinks.
Unlock the Children’s Creativity is a collaboration between ARCK, Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, and three ARCK partner schools-East Boston Early Education Center, Blackstone Elementary School, and Gardner Pilot Academy to highlight arts education in Boston. Organized under the three themes of ARCK’s curriculum-Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Social Justice, this exhibition exemplifies how community members are coming together to build bridges and eliminate barriers. It seeks to promote an inclusive education by giving a voice to children through art and expressing the  multicultural   identities of the students.

There’s nothing more satisfying than making the world better with a work of art  

and a treat of ice cream!
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) teams up with Ben & Jerry’s for our annual “HeART for ART” event on Saturday, May 7th (the day before Mother’s Day!) from 12 to 4 pm. Stop by ARCK’s stand near the Earl of Sandwich on Boston Common by yourself or with your friends and family. Create a heart, drawn and colored any way you like, to express your love to your family, friends, or even the whole world. It’s not an art competition, but a love-sharing opportunity. Everyone who crafts a paper heart for us will be rewarded with delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. ARCK will then spread the beautiful hearts around in local restaurants, cafés and shops in Boston to make people aware of and involved in arts education for Boston kids.
Craving more ice cream ? No problem, we’ve got your back. Make your way over to Ben & Jerry’s on Newbury St. and grab a “HeART for ART Sundae” — all proceeds from that special sundae will benefit ARCK’s quality art education offerings in Boston schools.
A broad education in the arts gives children a better understanding of their world — and your participation helps weave a better future for them!
Check out Rightside Shirts + ARCK!
Rightside Shirts is a non-profit t-shirt company that supports youth art education by showcasing children’s creative talents. All of its products are designed by students in public schools, and 100% of the profits from each shirt go directly to the designer’s school to fund art programs and supplies. Kids, who contain the most powerful creative energy of anyone, deserve the chance to explore and enjoy art. They are selling items, such as  watches, t-shirts, and phone cases, to support ARCK.
Your purchase funds high-quality arts education for schools in Boston, MA.
Interested in a Summer Internship Position?ARCK is Hiring
We are looking for qualified undergraduate or graduate students for the following positions:
  • Development Intern
  • Site coordinator
  • Sponsorship Intern
  • Administrative Intern
  • PR/Marketing and Event Planning Intern
Please send resume and cover letter to
ARCK is willing to meet requirements for school credit.
We can’t positively impact our students without your support. Thank you!
Some of our programs is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.


Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

In this season of giving and giving thanks – so strong a part of our shared culture – we at ARCK work to honor our students’ heritage every day. We are engaging students in learning, not only through making art but also through exploring their cultures and 

the diverse cultural identities in our

Boston classrooms. I love my work and am so grateful for the opportunity to do it. I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful staff, board, interns, volunteers, and generous ARCK supporters in the community.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. In your end-of-year giving decisions, I hope you will consider supporting ARCK’s programs in the Boston Public Schools. Please visit our donation page  to see how you can play an important role in what we do. Each donation, small or large, makes a difference! It does take a village, and you are helping create a better community for all. 

We have big dreams, and this is just the beginning!


Sara Mraish Demeter
Founder and Executive Director
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids



Happy Spring!

This spring ARCK will be stepping out into the community in big ways. Take a look at some of our upcoming events in our schools and around the city. Stay tuned for more to come!


Paint Therapy Night



On February 27, we held our first Paint Therapy Night! Special guest artist Antonia Ramis Miguel lead a group of ladies in painting a wonderful landscape. 
All of the paintings were unique and beautiful, even from our less experienced artists. It was a night filled with conversation, music, dancing and fun! Thanks to those who came and made it a special night. 
ARCK will be having another Paint Therapy Night on May 1 at 6-9pm taught by ARCK’s artist team Sara Mraish Demeter, Andrea Blake, and Steven Wilber- and led by Artist: Antonia Ramis Miguel. Price is $40 at the door and will include refreshments and supplies. For more information, check out our event calendar!
Check out our store!
ARCK has a new store where we will be selling greeting cards made by kids in our schools. All proceeds from the greeting cards will go to ARCK programming.



Gardner Pilot Academy Mural Project
Exciting Initial plans have begun of the unveiling of ARCK’s public art mural project titled, I AM…..and ARCK will be collaborating with the young artists of Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston! The mural will be focused on the statement “I am…” and will encourage students to explore their identity and community through art making. This unique work of art will be located in the busy Fenway across from the Fenway Park neighborhood on Brookline Ave. Students have begun working on their “I am…” statements while drafting ideas for the art making to come. An exciting search for  sponsors has begun and an RFP will be released this summer to find local artists and from all over the globe! Artists will have an experience with the medium of outdoor installation and collage, who firmly believes in ARCK’s mission, is very crucial in supporting our children to thrive academically through the arts.
ARCK is looking for support and funding with this mural project. If you are interested please contact



Sara at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum
ARCK’s founder and executive director recently spoke at the Neighborhood Narrative Night on Tuesday, April 14.


The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum is an organization open to all women who live in the extended Beacon Hill community of Boston. It is a non-profit, non-partisan group that comes together to make a difference for each other and to build community.





ARCK at Boston ArtWeek 2015: May 9


This year during ArtWeek ARCK will be having our second annual A HeART for ART event. Join us in the Boston Common on Saturday, May 9 from 12-4pm and show us what you love by decorating a paper heart. Donate your heart back to ARCK and you will get a sweet treat from Ben and Jerry’s! ARCK will then hang the hearts in Boston businesses to gain awareness for arts education. We hope to see you at this all-ages event!



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about local events!


Thank you and Farewell to our Interns!
As the spring semester ends, we must say goodbye to our wonderful interns: Maia Plantevin, Claire Brown, Callan Moody, Renee Coppola, and Lauren Sobolewski. Best of luck!
Maia has a BA in Art History, Minor in Italian and is working on her MA in Museum education, all at Tufts University. She has worked at ARCK since September and was involved in the Gala. She has worked at the Tobin, Blackstone, and G.P.A. schools. Maia will be interning with the USS Constitution Museum over the summer. Maia says her experience at ARCK has been valuable and she is happy to have spent so much time working for an organization on the rise.
Callan will be graduating from Boston University with a MS in Arts Administration. She has worked with ARCK since January at G.P.A. and has been involved with the mural project. She is looking forward to a relaxing summer and catching up on reading.

Renee attends The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she plans to focus in illustration. She began working for ARCK in January, and since then she has created posters and promotional material for ARCK events.

Lauren will be receiving her BFA with a concentration in Printmaking from The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She started interning for ARCK in December and will be continuing until she begins a job as a summer camp counselor in June. Lauren has been involved in a lot of event planning at ARCK, coordinating paint nights and ARCK’s involvement in Artweek, as well as mentoring at G.P.A.
Claire is currently finishing up her junior year at Boston University and will be graduating next spring with a BA in classics and a minor in education. She have been working as ARCK’s Education Intern since September 2014, in addition to serving as an in-class mentor at both G.P.A. and the Blackstone. This summer, she will begin looking for jobs in the education field and applying to graduate programs in health education and education policy. 
Interested in a Summer Internship Position?ARCK is Hiring!
We are looking for qualified undergraduate or graduate students for the following positions:
  • Program Coordinator Intern
  • Administrative Data Entry Intern
  • PR/Marketing and Event Planning Intern
Please send resume and cover letter to
ARCK is willing to meet requirements for school credit.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

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Heart of the Hill!
From Chestnut Hill to Mission Hill 
ARCK at the Chestnut Hill School (CHS) 
annual Heart of the Hill event!
This Sunday ARCK facilitated an art project at the Heart of the Hill Event at CHS. The school has been holding a supply drive to provide materials for students at The Tobin School in the Mission Hill/Roxbury area of Boston. In addition to the supply drive, students made a mural at the event that will be given to The Tobin School. CHS also held a bake sale and donated the funds raised to the nonprofits that were present on Sunday. 

Heart of Hill 2015

Heart of Hill 2015

The mural focuses on ARCK’s mission to incorporate culture, community and individuality in arts education. Students at CHS contributed drawings of something that was important to them and represented an aspect of their culture. We had drawings of trips to Bulgaria, memories of family game night, and symbols of holiday traditions. ARCK will hang the banner in the main entrance of the Tobin School. Overall it was a really fun day for both parents and kids.

Heart of hill day 2015

ARCK would like to thank the Chestnut Hill School, The CHS community, Liz Hammer, Erik Dykema, and Evie Dykema, a CHS parent and ARCK board member, for your support in making this collaboration possible!
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Paint Therapy Night
ARCK is hosting a Paint Therapy Night!
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You’re Invited! Art Exhibition
You’re Invited! PROCESS Art Exhibition 

Alia Ali Photo

ARCK has recently become involved in an exhibition titled PROCESS by Yemeni-Bosnian artist, Alia Ali, as a social media sponsor and community partner. Her work is about exploring a sensory universal language and using image to understand the multi-dimensional nature of human stories. The show will be exhibited from February 5th (tomorrow!) until March 1st in the Monroe C. Gutman Library Gallery at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They are holding a series of events next week that you are all invited to attend! Their press release is below

The Gutman Library Gallery, in collaboration with many on- and off-campus co-sponsors, is proud to formally invite you to attend a variety of programming designed around Alia Ali’s work: 

The Sloth Storytelling Hour: 2/12, 8:00 – 10:00pm

The Sloth is hosting a special event in conjunction with Alia Ali’s exhibition, “Process.” The Sloth serves as an open forum for story-sharing within the Harvard Community. The mic. is open to anyone interested in sharing a story conforming to the guidelines below:

  • The story must be true-ish, and involve the teller as a central character/ player
  • The story must be under 5 min. in length
  • The story must be “on-theme” – loose interpretations are of course appropriate

For those wishing to share, there will be a hat and slips of paper placed in the Café entryway at the event’s beginning – we will draw names as the evening unfolds to determine the order of tellers.

Those not inclined to tell are of course encouraged to attend and enjoy – the shared, supportive space that the venue provides is a special one.

Artist Talk and Opening Reception of PROCESS: 2/13, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Please join us to celebrate the opening of PROCESS. Artist Alia Ali will talk about her work and the themes that define it, including identity, the use of image as a language, and the relationship between identity and place. Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Workshops with Alia Ali: 2/14, 10:00 – 1:00pm & 2:00 – 5:00pm

Alia Ali designed this workshop in conjunction with her exhibition in order to allow the Harvard community to share their voices in the larger conversation surrounding identity and how we choose to define it. She will be working specifically with the words that are used and will lead participants in an active restructuring of them. Participants do not need to have any prior experience in the visual arts to contribute. If interested in participating, please email Sarah at

Big Words, Etc.: 2/20, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Hosted and created by Jess Martinez and AIE’s Stacey Kahn, Big Words, Etc. is a monthly reading series that embraces democracy by letting each audience vote for the following month’s theme. Though based in the place they were both born and raised in – New York City – February’s installment will take place at Harvard, with the theme “I’m Trying to Impress You” as voted by the AIE Program. If you are interested in reading, please contact Stacey at

All events are free and open to the public. They will all take place in the Gutman Library Gallery on the 1st floor of the library. The workshops will happen in Gutman 404. To sign up for a workshop, please indicate your preference here. Workshops are open to Harvard students and affiliates. 

All events are co-sponsored by the Office of Harvard Diversity and Equity, the Harvard Islamic Society, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Middle East Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, the Harvard Center for Government and International Studies, Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK), the Monroe C. Gutman Library Gallery, the Harvard Office of International Education, and the Arts in Education and the International Education Policy Programs of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We thank all of our sponsors for their support!

ARCK hopes to see you there!
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season! 


         We are grateful for your support!
With your 100% tax-deductible donation, you will support ARCK’s programs to bring high-quality in-school and after-school art programs to underserved Boston students.
We had a great 2014 and we hope to continue to work with you to help empower our children to realize their passion and to gain focus and motivation in school through visual art and STEM activities.

Help #Keepartalive at the Tobin school. 

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Peace, ART, and love, 

Sara Mraish Demeter

ARCK  Founder and Executive Director 

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