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Art Connection

 539 Tremont Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 338-7668
[F] (617) 451-2884
Michael Rousseau
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EIN 04-3289544

LAST UPDATED: 12/07/2018
Organization DBA The Art Connection
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Art Connection enriches and empowers under-served communities by expanding access to original works of art. We help artists and other donors make available original works of art to those who may not have the opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of art in their lives.

Description: The Art Connection identifies and recruits local artists and collectors who wish to donate their work, catalogs this work, and then helps nonprofit agencies select, frame, and install the appropriate work in their facilities. These works of art become the permanent property of the agencies. In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing among both low income clients and nonprofit

Mission Statement

The Art Connection enriches and empowers under-served communities by expanding access to original works of art. We help artists and other donors make available original works of art to those who may not have the opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of art in their lives.

Description: The Art Connection identifies and recruits local artists and collectors who wish to donate their work, catalogs this work, and then helps nonprofit agencies select, frame, and install the appropriate work in their facilities. These works of art become the permanent property of the agencies. In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing among both low income clients and nonprofit

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $255,100.00
Projected Expense $255,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Art Donation and Placement Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Art Connection enriches and empowers under-served communities by expanding access to original works of art. We help artists and other donors make available original works of art to those who may not have the opportunity to experience the transformative possibilities of art in their lives.

Description: The Art Connection identifies and recruits local artists and collectors who wish to donate their work, catalogs this work, and then helps nonprofit agencies select, frame, and install the appropriate work in their facilities. These works of art become the permanent property of the agencies. In their new environments, art stimulates dialogue, creativity, learning and healing among both low income clients and nonprofit

Background Statement

The Art Connection was established in 1995 by Fay Chandler, a painter and sculptor working in Boston since the early 1970s.  The program grew as founding directors recognized a demand for expanding public access to the visual arts and from their ability to build a unique program to meet that need. Since its launch, The Art Connection has been an enriching and creative collaboration on all fronts. It identifies and catalogs art donated by generous individuals; concurrently, it supports non-profit and public agencies who directly serve clients in need in acquiring free artwork that offers clients a welcome opportunity to reflect upon their lives. Recipients find that original artwork enlivens their facilities, while connecting them to their constituents in unexpected and occasionally profound ways. For their part, artists delight in exhibiting their work at sites attracting many visitors. They are pleased knowing that their work is having a real impact on others. In the current climate where art/cultural resources are getting cut from schools and made more difficult to access, The Art Connection helps to raise awareness of the value and importance of art as a tool for social change and positive spirit in the community. Art is appreciated and accessible to all communities and therefore has a chance to make an impact on the daily lives of people in need. That impact revitalizes people and in turn invigorates the community by demonstrating respect for community spaces and reaching out to bring a smile or moment of reflection or inspiration to everyone.

Now in its 21st year, The Art Connection has built an art donation program that places about 500 works per year in approximately 25 partner organizations throughout Greater Boston each year. Since its founding:

  • 8,000+ original artworks have been placed;
  • 500+ artists and collectors have made contributions as art donors;
  • 420+ nonprofit and public service organizations have selected artwork;
  • Currently has a staff of three with an annual budget of $220,000.

Our placement program addresses the prevailing lack of access to art by low income populations served by community agencies. Social service agencies often lack financial means of obtaining art for their walls. Many artists have work in storage and lack the time and knowledge needed to donate their art. Original artwork serves as an invaluable source of stimulation and inspiration to those who would not otherwise have access to it. The Art Connection is proud to make this connection.

Impact Statement

The Art Connection has implemented excellent programs and services to achieve our primary goal of expanding public access to visual art.  Over the past year, we have accomplished the following:
  • 395 original artworks have been placed in 17 nonprofit agencies. Our process includes vetting agency applications and conducting a site visit and placement visit at each recipient social service agency.
  • 342 new works of art have been donated, helping us maintain about 500 images in our visual portfolio available for donation.
  • 20 new artists and collectors are represented in our portfolio, and the balance are repeat donors.
In spring of  2017 we held our sixth annual signature event called Art Bingo during ArtWeek Boston. Event guests played bingo for prizes of original art that was juried by a respected gallery owner and curator. The event was in keeping with out mission of helping develop new art collectors as we do when agencies receive original art.
Goals for FY 18 year include:
  • Up to 25 direct service agencies will receive donated art from The Art Connection.
  • More than 500 artworks, with about 25 artworks per placement, will be placed in Greater Boston service agencies.
  • Placements will occur in up to five agencies beyond a 15 mile radius as part of regular programming.
  • Art Bingo and other fundraising efforts
  • Expansion to replicate art connection programming in other cities is well underway, with "sister" sites in 10 US locations and two international sites
  • receiving grants from The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation upon The Art Connection's Expansion Committee's (acting as Fund Advisors) recommendation.

Needs Statement

To continue to place art in the community in a sustainable way, the Art Connection is committed to:

·  Secure sources of contributed income from a wider constituency, beyond those of the founder, her family and friends
·  Continue to grow Art Bingo as a signature event by increasing sponsorships and consider holding the event in a larger venue·
·  Implement marketing strategies to strengthen the organization’s brand identity, programs, and collaborations

The Art Connection is a small, flexible, forward-thinking nonprofit with a unique mission that is positioned to benefit from unexpected opportunities. It shares its institutional knowledge as it seeks to inspire art connection-like programming in other cities through consulting and recommending start-up grants to new programs.

In addition to making sure its finances are in order and supporting expansion, The Art Connection is working to diversify and grow its board and its artist portfolio, so that the organization best represents the diversity of Boston in 2017 and the future. The Art Connection's mission continues to be very relevant to Boston's Cultural Plan.

CEO Statement

The Art Connection brings together donating artists/collectors and
nonprofit recipient organizations to make positive change in our local
communities. We have listened to the perspective of artists enthusiastic about getting their artwork placed where it will speak to new audiences. We have heard from families who have enjoyed seeing the work of deceased loved ones finding new life. We have watched client participants at our placement visits be empowered by having their voices heard and their choices validated.

Board Chair Statement

Twenty-one years, 420 recipient agencies, 500 donating artists/collectors and 8,000 works of art …and still counting! These are not just numbers. They represent an amazing amount of caring, commitment, passion, dedication, hard work, and diligence. They are a measure of and testimony to all the people who have helped make The Art Connection a success. I first became aware of The Art Connection as an employee of a recipient agency. I have seen first hand the transformative effects artwork can have on agencies’clients. It helps create a path to introspection, reflection and dialogue. I saw how the art on the walls complimented the services we provided. It added warmth to the rooms in which it was placed. And most importantly, it added smiles to the faces of the folks looking at it.

These are the successes of the Art Connection; placing art with agencies that provide services to under-served communities. The challenge is to continue to generate funding to fulfill our mission. Grantors tend to look at tangible services, i.e., meals delivered, counseling sessions attended, etc. But an agency needs a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which to deliver services to their clients. By helping agencies enrich their environment with art, the Art Connection enhances the overall client experience.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.

The Art Connection here in Boston places art in Greater Boston with up to 5 placements a year farther than our regular catchment area, which is 15 miles from central Boston. We also consult and advise on funding for art connection-like programs across the country through The Fay Slover FUnd at The Bston Foundation. 
Our current Expansion Sites:
· The Art Connection in the Capital Region, serving the DC-Metro Area, collaborating with Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art
· Art Connects New York, places art in all five boroughs of New York City
· The Art Connection-Rhode Island, serving the state of Rhode Island
· Art Connection Hampton Roads, a partnership between Old Dominion University and Tidewater Arts Outreach in Norfolk, Virginia
· Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our first international expansion site.
· Free Arts Minnesota‘s Youth Art Portfolio, Minneapolis
· Healing Photo Arts, located in St. Louis, Missouri and Florence, Italy and places photography in healing environments worldwide
· Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, serving Northeast Kingdom
· Path with Art in Seattle, Washington
· Teens Reimagining Art, Community, Environment (TRACE)’s Community Curation Program, a collaboration between The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Services
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Art Donation and Placement Program

Through our art donation and placement program, The Art Connection has placed 7,343 artworks in more than 393 social service organizations in Greater Boston communities. Since its inception in 1995, this unique gifting program has identified and cataloged original works of art donated by generous individuals who feel good knowing their work can have an impact on the daily lives of others. Artwork placed in non-profit agencies contributes to a healing environment. It provides welcome opportunities for reflection, inspiration, comfort, and hope. 
Our donating artists are delighted to exhibit their work in places that attract a large number of visitors.  Organizations find that original artwork enlivens spaces and connects them to their constituents in profound ways. The Art Connection increases public access to original art, and is an enriching creative collaboration on all counts. 
Budget  $178,740.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success 
Members of the selection committee at recipient agencies, including clients and direct service staff, are empowered by having an equal voice with the higher level administrators as to which art comes to their agency. The selection committee evaluation forms, completed at the end of each placement meeting, confirm how important this process is to the staff and clients involved. Our program goal, to establish operationally excellent programs and services to achieve The Art Connection’s primary intention to expand public access to visual art, has been achieved this year as follows:
· 481 artworks placed in 25 nonprofit agencies.
· Successful placements invited to re-apply.
· 25% of placements made to agencies that have had one prior placement.
· Placements and outreach presentations made at umbrella agencies.
· 450 artworks donated.
· 33 new artists and collectors donated art through The Art Connection.
· Maintained more than 100 active donating artists.
· Visited/ followed up with more than a dozen local open studios.
· Facilitated presentations to artist groups in greater Boston.
· Continued art donor services and stewardship, including recognition.
Program Long-Term Success  Annually meeting our goal of placing close to 500 works of art in social service agencies in Greater Boston allows thousands of new audiences the opportunity to experience original art in settings that typically would not have access to this type of art. Meeting our new expansion goals will bring art to social service agencies outside of the Greater Boston area and stimulate new art connection-like programs throughout New England.
Program Success Monitored By 
Evaluations at the time of the selection of art during the placement visit provide an opportunity to evaluate the experience of nonprofit staff and clients who participate in the decision-making process. A follow-up six month report ensures that all requirements of the placement have been met and that the installation of art is complete. At the time of the agency reception, the art on the walls is inventoried. Once all steps are complete, agencies qualify for additional placements after a year. Our Program Operating Plan for each fiscal year is reviewed every six months, to ensure monitoring of both placement quantity and quality and the number of art donations.
Examples of Program Success 
On evaluations, recepient agencies reported:
  • 100% responded YES to: "Do you (and your clients/staff) continue to be happy with the artwork you selected?"
  • 93% were interested in receiving additional artwork
  • 98.5% observed staff/clients making positive comments regarding the art
  • 94% rate their satisfaction with a 4/4 rating

In answer to, “How has donated art affected your agency?”

  • 95% created a more attractive environment
  • 85% stimulated dialogue
  • 76% improved morale
  • 66% improved self esteem/pride of staff
  • 65% improved self esteem/pride of clients
  • 52% stimulated creativity

The following is a quote from the MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy: "The act of selecting art significantly increased the esteem and pride of our fellows. The art is a reflection of that process and a reminder that they participated in important decision making...The art has improved their morale and still sparks conversations among the fellows and other clients who enter our office space."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Examples of recent placements:
Boston: Castle Square Tenants Organization, South End, Boston (affordable housing and programming); Elder Service Plan of Harbor Health, Mattapan; Pine Street Inn, Jamaica Plain (affordable housing for the previously homeless); ABCD Changing Tracks, Boston; Jeremiah-Endicott Program, Roxbury; Just-A-Start, Cambridge; Nuestra Communidad Dev. Corp., Roxbury; Project Citizenship, Boston; 
Victory Programs (Shepherd House) Dorchester; Violence Intervention Advocacy, Boston; West Roxbury Academy, West Roxbury among others.  Full list of here:
 You can also click on the map link there to see the georgraphic distribution.
We have a wonderful opportunity to help support expansion of art connection programming in other cities. Our challenge is to keep resources focused on Boston while simultaneously encouraging new start-ups that increase access to original art in other areas of the country (and world!)


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeanne Dasaro
CEO Term Start Sept 2018
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Jim McDonald July 2001 Sept 2010
Ms. Maria Markham Mar 2000 July 2001

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Sarah S. Shallbetter Program & Volunteer Coordinator --
Ms. Chanel Thervil Program Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Associated Grantmakers offered a free membership!

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


The agencies participating in The Art Connection program work with residents of some of the lowest income neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area. They provide services to children, adolescents, elderly, those struggling with homelessness an substance abuse, and a wide cross-section of all community members. The 393 participating agencies we have collaborated with include community centers, children's programs, schools, public housing, homeless shelters, senior centers, community health and mental health centers, senior housing and domestic violence shelters. The list takes too many characters to detail but can be found here:
The interactive map on this page can be clicked for geographic distribution.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Michael Mullan Rousseau
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Edge
Board Chair Term Sept 2016 - Aug 2018
Board Co-Chair Susan Bradley
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Gavin Foundation
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2016 - Sept 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Betsy Boveroux Retired, Vice President, Eaton Vance Management Voting
Ms. Susan Bradley Gavin Foundation Voting
Ms. Rebecca Clower Otis House and Lyman Estate at Historic New England Voting
Mr. R. Hilliard Ebling Windhaven Investment Management, Inc. Voting
Ms. Mercedes Sherrod Evans Massachusetts College of Art Voting
Mr. David Greenberg Vizient Voting
Mr. Andrew Hartness Design Distill Voting
Ms. Magali Maiza Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Michael Rousseau Urban Edge Voting
Ms. Ildiko Szabo Youville House Assisted Living Voting
Ms. Doris (Dori) E. Youngman Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $255,100.00
Projected Expense $255,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Reviewed Financial Statements

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $238,201 $258,994 $249,343
Total Expenses $243,978 $261,617 $248,708

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$158,200 -- $54,400
Government Contributions $5,100 $4,600 $3,500
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $5,100 $4,600 $3,500
Individual Contributions $45,898 $228,492 $138,131
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $40 $23 $67
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $28,963 $25,879 $53,245
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $155,426 $173,083 $154,999
Administration Expense $69,973 $70,746 $69,359
Fundraising Expense $18,579 $17,788 $24,350
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.99 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 64% 66% 62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 7% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $163,725 $169,708 $173,217
Current Assets $163,725 $169,646 $173,067
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $326 $532 $1,418
Total Net Assets $163,399 $169,176 $171,799

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 7.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 502.22 318.88 122.05

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We continue to broaden our base of support, which is necessary to ensure sustainability. We plan to be flexible and fiscally responsible with these decisions.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Please note for FY11, FY10 & FY09 the government grants in the Form 990 revenue document include both foundation and government grants. The nonprofit organization is in the process of working with their accountant to address this. 


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Art Connection strives to continuously improve its practice, with a strategic planning process (Fall, 2015) that followed the passing of our founder (March, 2015) and helped us to identify new organizational objectives:
1. Board Development- grow and develop a fully functional and diverse Board that offers a wider range of expertise
• Define optimal board structure (e.g. # of members, committees)
• Identify a diverse pool of candidates, recruit, and invite appropriate people for committee participation, followed by board membership
• Ensure new members fit committees where gaps require new energy
2. Committee structures and descriptions reviewed, streamlined and documented for Board manual
3. Fundraising
• Identify fundraising resources and additional funding required
• Secure funding for resources by grants, individual giving, and growth of signature event
• Potentially hire resource development professional with clear expectations and Board vote
3. Succession Planning
• Refine ED job description that emphasizes skill sets based on current needs of the organization and share with Board to ensure alignment
• Develop ED succession plan; share with Board
• Work with Board Vice Chair for smooth transition to Board Chair next year
4. Program Management
• Ensure program staff performance reviews are regularly conducted twice per year
• Continue practice of detailed Program Operating Plan and Review
FY17 Program Operating Plan describes what our programming will accomplish.
Placement/Distribution of Art Collections to recipient agencies:
• Up to 25 agencies will receive approximately 25 artworks per placement based on size of site
• Recruit new agencies that are unfamiliar with The Art Connection and place art in the neediest facilities
• Keep process inclusive by encouraging the participation of clients on the selection committee
• Request referrals for new agencies in Six Month Report Form
Art Donations and Art Donor Services:
• Welcome/recruit new art donors (artists and collectors) to maintain a portfolio of fresh art from both emerging and established artists
• Continue art donor services and stewardship (maintaining a roster of 130 active artists)
• Continue to offer educational placards to agencies with completed Six Month Report
• Share information on artistic media, movements, and styles during Placement Visit
• Provide art programming through artist-led tours at reception, along with panel discussions or workshops depending on the appropriateness of the site and interest of the agency
• Distribute 2 print newsletters, 4 e-newsletters, and a variety of social media activity
• Identify human service agencies in Greater Boston not previously on our radar or in our database
• Send targeted communications and personally follow-up through email, telephone, and personal visits
• Facilitate agency receptions, including PR needs of agency (press releases, social media, etc.)
• Continue posting online agency collections on Blog
• Continue Six Month Report and system of measuring metrics; track output and outcome data

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Art Connection addresses the social need in a variety of innovative ways. 1. It benefits both art donors and the social service agency recipients. Thus, the approach is an innovative win-win process, allowing it to be sustainable over time as it increases art access in low income communities. 2. The art is chosen by those individuals it is intended to benefit. 3. The selection process is participatory, inclusive, and educational.
Collaboration with social service nonprofit organizations is at the core of The Art Connection mission while providing them with the means to build an art collection that directly benefits their clients and staff. Our program manager is the primary contact for current, potential and new recipient agencies. She identifies and reaches out to eligible nonprofits to find the most interested and needy sites in under-served communities. After the initial application and site visit, the recipient agency puts together a selection committee. We encourage diverse representation from clients and direct care staff, along with administrators, board members, or volunteers in the art selection. At some sites, maintenance people or kitchen workers participate side by side with the guests. The process lasts up to three hours, first going through and culling down based on likes; the second time culling further by dislikes among the group; the third pass matches specific pieces to specific locations identified at the Site Visit. Our facilitator describes the art medium, encourages discussion and variety in the selection, and the final collection is reached by consensus. Our partners address social needs in a variety of fields.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Art Connection extends its reach through capable office volunteers who each give a full day a week in skill specific areas: graphic design, grant-writing, and office administration duties. All assisted with event planning, along with 60 + additional volunteers who served on the planning committee and at the event. The Board of Directors. Programming Committee, Expansion Committee, and other Board committees bring a mix of resources, as they represent both art donors and recipient art agencies. 

The Art Connection is the only nonprofit arts service organization doing this work in the Boston area. It has become a model for other art-connection programs around the country that it has developed. In November, The Art Connection will again host its biennial Summit of Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation grantees for training and networking purposes.
By developing close collaborations with both donating artists and social service agencies, The Art Connection benefits from positive word of mouth that leads to referrals of both donated art and agency referrals. With a 21 year history of growing and refining this work, The Art Connection is positioned to efficiently place work in the community to increase access to art for all.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Indicators to measure outputs

Output Measurement 1: Number of Site Visits/Placement Visits AnnuallyOutput Measurement 2: Number of Artworks Placed Annually
Output Measurement 3: Number of Artworks Available for Donation
Output Measurement 4: Number of New Beneficiaries Affected by the Art (cumulative effect is greater)
On previous evaluations, our partners reported: 98.5% observed staff/clients making positive comments regarding the art; 94% rated their satisfaction with a 4/4 rating in answer to "How has donated art affected your agency?" Our plan is to be rated as high as during our last evaluation.

Indicators to measure outcomes

Outcome Measurement 1:Created a more attractive environment
Outcome Measurement 2: Stimulated dialogue and staff/clients observed making positive comments regarding the artwork
Outcome Measurement 3: Improved self esteem/pride of clients
Outcome Measurement 4: Improved self esteem/pride of staff
Outcome Measurement 5: Improved morale / Stimulated creativity

Outcome Measurement 1:Created a more attractive environment
Outcome 1 Data: 95% out of agency responses (yes)
Outcome Measurement 2: Stimulated dialogue and staff/clients observed making positive comments regarding the artwork
Outcome 2 Data: 87% of responses (yes) / 99% of responses (yes)
Outcome Measurement 3: Improved self esteem/pride of clients
Outcome 3 Data: 65% of responses (yes)
Outcome Measurement 4: Improved self esteem/pride of staff
Outcome 4 Data: 70% of responses (yes)
Outcome Measurement 5: Improved morale / Stimulated creativity
Outcome 5 Data: 75% of responses (yes)

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Each year we have met our programming goals