Achievements

RAW was selected by Mass Mentoring Partnership to be profiled in a case study developed by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute on effective mentoring practices // 2017

RAW contributes toward the growth of the national Creative Youth Development Partnership // 2016

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.


RAW’s Project Launch received the Outstanding Community Partner Award from Year Up Boston for helping to close the “Opportunity Divide” in our country // 2016

RAW’s was one of seven youth organizations in the world to receive Adobe’s Creative Catalyst Award. The award honors exemplary youth organizations that are using creativity as a force for social change. As a result, RAW was asked to apply for Adobe’s Innovation Grant and was awarded $225,000 to implement the digitally-focused proposal, based around the theme of “HOME.” // 2016

RAW recognized by the Women’s Fund of Essex County with “Founder’s Circle Above and Beyond Excellence” award // 2015

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.”


RAW’s Program Director, Käthe Swaback, was named Ambassador to the National Guild for Community Arts Education // 2015

Raw Art Works Jenkins recognized by Eastern Bank for community service // 2014

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.”

Raw Art Works’ Jenkins recognized by Eastern Bank for community service


RAW Teens Recognized at Annual Congressional Art Awards // 2013

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.”

6th Annual Congressional Disctrict Art Awards


Boston Youth Art Evaluation Project Earns “Best Collaboration” Award // 2012

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.

MNN 2012 Excellence Awards


Real to Reel Music Video Featured on Boston’s NPR Station // 2012

“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 wins best documentary at The Shortie Awards // 2010

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 Institute’s Silverdocs Festival featuring the best documentaries internationally.

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Social Innovation Forum Award // 2009

RAW receives the prestigious Social Innovation Forum Award, honoring RAW’s unique approach to empowering disadvantaged youth through the arts.


Thonah Ep receives the Commonwealth Award // 2009

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.


CORE program launched // 2009

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 Award—two of only five recipients of a four-year scholarship to Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Out of the Blue grant from the Boston Foundation // 2009

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) // 2009

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.


ARDES project // 2008

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”.


Research of best practices in youth arts evaluation // 2008

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.

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Mary Flannery and Kit Jenkins honored // 2008

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.


Full Scholarship to RISD for Peter Pa // 2008

R2R alum and film school graduate assistant Peter Pa receives full scholarship to RISD.


RAW’s Capital Campaign // 2007

RAW’s Capital Campaign surpasses its goal of $1.2 million in December 2006, two weeks ahead of schedule.


Kit Jenkins and Mary Flannery participate in the Achieving Excellence Program // 2007

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 University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Real to Reel in Boston’s 48 Hour Film Project // 2007

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.

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Commonwealth Award // 2005

RAW receives Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.


Coming Up Taller Award // 2000

RAW honored with Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.