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Art Becomes an Agent of Change in Lynn

Posted on July 20th 2017

So honored to be a part of this wonderful mural festival with Beyond Walls! Check out this great article!

RAW in the Globe

Posted on July 20th 2017

Check out this great piece about RAW in the Globe North!


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Three RAW seniors receive Posse Scholarships!

A HUGE congrats to our THREE Posse Scholarship recipients, Elvis, Fernando and Cynthia! Cynthia is headed to Centre College in KY and Elvis and Fernando will be attending Denison University together in OH!!! We are SO PROUD!

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Silly Self Portraits on display at A Thousand Hills

Now through January 2017 RAW’s PEM/Scene group’s Silly Self Portraits will be on display at Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Co in Lynn!

Silly Self Portraits
PEM/Scene Group
Raw Art Works
Oil and chalk pastel on paper

These portraits were created by elementary youth, ages 7-11, in the PEM/Scene group at RAW Art Works. Inspired by the work of contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig, our artists were asked to create self portraits that embraced the unique, and sometimes silly parts of themselves. Youth engaged in a discussion about how to always accept their authentic self with compassion and to accept those around them without judging.


Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company

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Now - January 2017

Teaching Young Students About Art

Check out this great piece by 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s local NPR station. Read the full article here.

RAW's Annual Report Card! Fiscal Year 2016

Check out RAW’s Annual Report Card for fiscal year 2016!

RAW’s Annual Report Card FY16

RAW's Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter

Check out RAW’s new Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter!

Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter


A $225,000 grant from software giant Adobe Systems Inc. was the catalyst for Raw Art Works film students to explore the meaning of home…

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Life In Lynn - Northshore Magazine

“One place that has long proved that Lynn is anything but a blank canvas is Raw Art Works (RAW), which founder Mary Flannery says “is this perfect blend of art and therapy.” RAW gives kids a chance to not only learn about and create art, but also ignites their creativity and gives them the tools to develop confidence and find success through art.”

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WOAH! Lynn band strikes a chord

Posted on December 9th 2015

Lynn’s Tigerman WOAH! could play a big role in the 28th annual Boston Music Awards ceremony, which will be held tonight and Thursday at the Sinclair Hotel.

The band, which calls Lynn its home, is up for two awards. The first is “Live Artist of the Year” and the second is for its song, “Koopa,” which has been nominated for “Video of the Year.”

And if the band has local roots, the video’s runs even deeper. The video was produced by students from Raw Art Works’ Real-to-Reel Filmschool, and features many local venues — including Enzo’s Pizzeria on Oxford Street, which is where much of the video was shot.

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The Daily Item: Lynn’s RAW Art Works Tinkers with Christmas

Posted on December 4th 2015

“Four teenage girls, also known as Tinkers, will be selling their art at a new store by the same name, which is expanded out of RAW Art Works with a grand opening Wednesday night featuring a holiday party. Lynn residents Steevee Parsons, 18, Abigail Mendoza, 16, Elisabeth Hornblower, 16, and Christina Castillo, 17, are the Tinkers, a term used for people who like to take odd objects and materials and make them into unexpected things, according to Mary Flannery, founder of RAW Art Works.”

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RAW Filmmakers acknowledged by Boston Globe for their entry into the Boston International Kids Film Festival

“Rajaiah Jones, 17, a high school senior from Lynn, wasn’t sure she had what it takes to be a film director. As a young black woman, she says, ‘We still don’t realize that we’re as important as everyone else, that what we say matters. We doubt ourselves a lot.’

But having enrolled in Real to Reel Filmschool, a filmmaking program based in Lynn, she found there was no way but onward. ‘You’re on top of the diving board. You can climb back down and leave and do something else,’ Padriac Farma, the program’s director, recalls advising her. ‘Or you can stay and jump off the diving board.’ “

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Lynn Item Article - Reel experience at Raw Art Works

Posted on October 5th 2015

“Students, most of whom were seniors in different area high schools last year, put together and directed music videos last spring for professional singers and bands as part of Raw Art Works’ Real to Reel Film School.
Christopher Gaines, creative director for Real to Reel, the filmmaking portion of RAW, said three music videos were made by seven students for three different bands or singers. He said the videos were already shown last June at the Peabody Essex Museum, but there will be an encore presentation at RAW, 37 Central Square, Lynn, Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Two of the musicians featured in the videos will be performing as well.”

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RAW mentioned in The New Yorker

Our good friend and superstar (really she is amazing) Andrea Patiño Contreras was recently featured in The New Yorker. She worked at RAW as a Lewis Hine Fellow and documented the faces of Lynn.

Read more by clicking here.

See her website here

Ghosts of Lynn

Posted on May 20th 2014

RAW,in collaboration with Visionspace Gallery, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, and the Lynn Museum & Historical Society present Public Art 4.0: “Ghosts of Lynn”.

This 4th installment of the popular enlarged photo series will merge Lynn’s past with its present. Students in our Real to Reel Film School, in collaboration with the Lynn Museum, have been unearthing historical photographs of the greater Central Square area. By matching the exact vantage point of old photos (often, well over 100+ years old) and finding the exact location the old photos were taken from, Real to Reel students will re-create the photos, and then in post-production, create a melding of the two to produce a truly unique vision of Lynn’s history attached to the here and now. The photos will come to life on large vinyl canvas’ that are displayed under the Central Square T bridge for one year.

“Ghosts of Lynn” marks the first collaborative effort between the four arts organizations and will surely keep the momentum of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District moving forward. This year’s project is meant to give the emerging artists at RAW the opportunity to not only have their work shown in a highly visible space, but to also continue to play a contributing role in the public art fueled revitalization of downtown Lynn.

The project will be installed and on display by mid-June and the the participating organizations are doing a fundraising bid to help offset the costs. Support this project and crowdrise.com/PublicArtLynn!

Read the Daily Item’s review of the project here!

RAW Teens Honored at 6th Congressional District Art Awards!

Posted on March 7th 2014

We are thrilled to announce that three RAW teens have placed in the annual 6th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition! The following teens were recognized:


Colleen Curtis, “Avalon” Colleen is a member of Adventures in Fine Arts and CORE, a portfolio building group.


John Matthew Plunkett, “Fishing” John is a member of Good 2 Go, RAW’s public art group, and CORE, a portfolio building group.


Corinn Bacon, “Let It Go” Corinn is a RAW Chief, a paid teen mentor who works with elementary and middle school artists. We are so proud of all of the artists who submitted to the exhibit! The exhibit runs from March 5-8th, with a reception at 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA on Saturday, March 8th from 3:30 - 5:00.

Seeking Professionals to Speak at Career Night!

Posted on January 29th 2014

What are the potential roadmaps to the future? Mentors and RAW friends, do you have an interesting story to tell about how you got started in your career and where it has taken you? Come and share with the next generation of future leaders - the juniors and seniors of RAW! We are looking for a wide variety of occupations to be represented! This is also a great opportunity to hear about our 1-to-1 college mentoring program, Project Launch. Pizza will be served. Thursday, February 27th, 6:30pm. Please RSVP to elaine@rawartworks.org.


Alex Kruizenga named Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar!

Posted on October 12th 2013

The staff at RAW are proud to announce that Alex Kruizenga, a RAW artist and filmmaker, has been named a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar! Alex has been attending programs at RAW since she was in elementary school and has always been very college focused. The scholarship will allow Alex to pursue extracurricular activities and to look at private high schools that will help her align her college goals with reality. Alex was featured in a cover story in Lynn’s Daily Item on October 10th. Read the Daily Item Article here.

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Good 2 Go Gives Electrical Boxes a Facelift

Posted on October 28th 2013

The young men in Good 2 Go have just completed working on their second round of utility box murals in Central Square. The project, a partnership between the city, RAW, Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, and Inspectional Services, got started two years ago when Good 2 Go painted eight electrical boxes over one summer. The utility boxes are part of a larger concept of expanding the amount of public art not only in the downtown area but in the city overall. Read more about the boys’ work here.

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Stand Against Bullying

Posted on August 28th 2013

Raw Art Works’ Teens Take a Stand Against Bullying through Production of Music Video for Boston Indie Rock Artist and Activist Jen Grygiel

Teen filmmakers in Raw Art Works’(RAW) Real to Reel film program took on the issues of bullying and teen suicide through the full production of a music video which they conceptualized, wrote, directed, and edited entirely on their own for Boston indie rock artist and activist Jen Grygiel(GRYGIEL). RAW’s teens worked to convey the stories of three gay teens as they support each other through the difficult reality of being gay in high school. Social isolation, bullying, family stress, and heartbreak are all explored within the hopeful stories of youth emerging positively from situations where there seems to be almost no end in sight; a striking visual accompaniment to the powerful words of GRYGIELS’s own “It Gets Better” story.

Woolly Mammoth Sound donated studio time for GRYGIEL’s upcoming single, “Make it Out,” which will be released as a follow up to her successful recent EP GRYGIEL. GRYGIEL partnered with New England-based music retailer Newbury Comics on her last EP to donate the proceeds to the “It Gets Better Project” which seeks to help LGBT youth envision a life worth living. Proceeds of her upcoming single will be split between the It Gets Better Project and Raw Art Works.

“I’m really inspired after working with the students at RAW,” says Grygiel on the collaboration. “They took my song “Make it Out” and made an amazing video that shows the power that youth have. We focus all this attention on getting adults to help kids but actually kids have all the skills they need when adults allow them to be themselves and have a voice. One important lesson that I learned from these students, and the program at RAW, is that it’s really important for kids to help each other and for adults to create safe, supportive, environments where they can thrive and be happy.”

Chris Gaines, director of the Real to Reel film program at RAW, says “It was cool watching my students, gay and straight, work together as professionals to tell stories that were close to their lives and experiences—stories that matter and that reflect the reality of their world. Jen couldn’t have been a cooler artist to collaborate with; she was trusting of their vision and gave them plenty of room to be honest in their storytelling.” While the video focuses on the stories of gay teens, it also focuses on the larger issue of bullying. “My students felt that they hadn’t seen or heard their own stories told from their perspective in the media. Our film school aims to have kids tell their stories in a really meaningful way, and it’s awesome to see this story played out in a music video.”

View the video here! »