Unlock the Children’s Creativity


ARCK & FPAC: Unlock the Children’s Creativity

Exhibition: April 4 – 27, 2016
Reception & Open House:
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm (RSVP)


ARCK and FPAC: Unlock the Children’s Creativity is an exhibition of work produced by students of Art Resource Collaborative for Kids, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower Boston Public School students with a high-quality arts education that fosters culture and community while supporting each school’s learning objective.

Unlock the Children’s Creativity is an exhibition and collaboration between ARCK and the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery to promote and advocate for arts education in the Boston Public School community, and exemplify how community members can come together to build bridges and eliminate silos.

This ambitious exhibition catalogs a pivotal moment for more than 100 students, ages 5 to 13, from three schools: East Boston Early Education Center; Blackstone Innovation School (South End); and Gardner Pilot Academy (Allston).  Organized under the three primary themes of ARCK’s curriculum – Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Social Justice – this exhibition gives a voice to children through art and expresses the multicultural identities of Boston students.

About ARCK

ARCK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that grew from a 2011-12 pilot “Diversity Thru Art” program at Boston’s Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES). ARCK has brought art education to some 1,000 students in six underserved Boston Public Schools. In addition to ARCK’s signature program of hands-on visual art integrated with intercultural exchanges and visual and written literacy, ARCK is developing a comprehensive STEAM curriculum, with lessons aligned with Common Core and visual art standards and incorporating STEM components. There is a strong and consistent focus on making connections with students’ lives, communities, and diverse cultures.

One of ARCK’s overarching goals is to engage families and communities in local children’s education and growth. This art exhibition and collaboration with FPAC is an opportunity for young students to share their creations and reflections not only with school peers and staff, but with family members, friends, and adults in the wider community.