This platform combines the strengths of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities, and Americans for the Arts. Program Director, Käthe Swaback has been a featured presenter for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Americans for the Arts, and others.
The Women’s Fund of the Essex County Community Foundation named RAW as its inaugural recipient of the “Founder’s Circle Above and Beyond Excellence” award. In presenting the award, President of the Women’s Fund Advisory Board, Becky Hallowell, said, “The Women’s Fund has partnered with RAW for many years. We continue to be inspired by the dedication and spirit they bring to their exemplary work and their ability to positively change the futures of the kids that come through their doors.”
Eastern Bank has honored Kit Jenkins with the bank’s 2014 Community Advocacy Award, which recognizes people who have given their time and talent to address a vital need in their community. Jenkins, co-founder and executive director of Raw Art Works, was recognized for her lifelong commitment to empowering disadvantaged children through the arts.
“Eastern Bank is proud to honor Kit Jenkins with the 2014 Community Advocacy Award,” said Richard E. Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “For more than 25 years, Kit has passionately helped children and teens working as an art therapist and as a leader in the not-for-profit community.”
Three teen artists from RAW’s “CORE” program were recognized as part of the 6th Annual Congressional District High School Art Competition.
Claire Weaver-Zeman earned an Honorable Mention for her piece “Sunlight Safari.” Her classmate Colleen Curtis’ piece, “Shades of Synchronicity” was recognized as the “Best Of” at Swampscott High School. Katherine Russell, a Lynn Classical High School junior was also recognized as the school’s “Best Of.”
The Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (http://www.byaep.com) is recognized for “Excellence in Collaboration” by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network at their annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards. BYAEP is a collaboration between RAW, Medicine Wheel Productions, The Theater Offensive, Hyde Square Task Force, and Zumix.
“Make it Out,” a music video with an anti-bullying message produced by teens in Real to Reel’s advanced film group was featured on WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. The video, created for Boston indie rock artist Jen Grygiel, received press in the Boston Globe, Weekly Dig, Boston Phoenix, and the Bilerico Project. Teens Speak out with “Make It Out” Gay Bullying Video
Bryan deLeon, R2R alum, wins best documentary at The Shortie Awards: Student Film and News Festival, for his film A Crecer Como Una Persona, and is subsequently invited to screen the film at the American Film Instituteâ€™s Silverdocs Festival featuring the best documentaries internationally.
RAW receives the prestigious Social Innovation Forum Award, honoring RAW’s unique approach to empowering disadvantaged youth through the arts.
RAW artist and alum Thonah Ep receives the state’s highest honor in the arts and humanities, the Commonwealth Award, in the area of Creative Learning.
RAW pilots a new program, CORE, to teach teens the core skills of art and artmaking, helping them to build a strong foundation in art. CORE artists, Hongchau Huynh and Thonah Ep, receive the Senator Paul Tsongas Scholarship Awardâ€”two of only five recipients of a four-year scholarship to Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
RAW receives a $75,000 Out of the Blue grant from The Boston Foundation, one of RAW’s longest-standing funders, recognizing exemplary achievement and leadership.
RAW introduces Talent and Purpose (TAP), to expand and professionalize youth employment at RAW. TAP offers real world training and potential for the next generation. TAP’s 41 positions include: RAW Chief teen mentors; Good 2 Go community artists; Door to Door alumni artists who create art for fundraising purposes; administrative assistants, and assistants in Real to Reel film school.
Recognizing that our highly experienced and dedicated staff is mission critical, RAW initiates, with grants from the Boston Foundation, the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, and the Amelia Peabody Foundation, a multi-year project, Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Excellent Staff, or “ARDES”.
RAW’s Program Director, Käthe Swaback, leads The Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project with a three-year grant to investigate and contribute to best practices in youth arts evaluation on a national level. Collaborating with Boston non-profits and leaders in the nation, the project has researched, designed, implemented, and is now offering innovative evaluation methods and tools that will effectively measure progress and outcomes in the complex field of Youth Arts. See www.byaep.com for more information.
Founder Mary Flannery and Executive Director Kit Jenkins are honored with the Distinguished Educators of the Year Award by Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
R2R alum and film school graduate assistant Peter Pa receives full scholarship to RISD.
RAW’s Capital Campaign surpasses its goal of $1.2 million in December 2006, two weeks ahead of schedule.
Executive Director Kit Jenkins and founder Mary Flannery are selected to participate in the Achieving Excellence Program for Massachusetts Nonprofit Cultural Organizations, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the Hauser Center of Harvard Universityâ€™s Kennedy School of Government.
Real to Reel participates in Boston’s 48 Hour Film Project as the only 2 teen groups of 90 teams; one of the R2R films, The Quimby Files, receives both the Producers Award for overall excellence and the Audience Award.
RAW receives Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
RAW honored with Coming Up Taller Award from the Presidentâ€™s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.