Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Boston Public Health Commission (Opioid Treatment Program)

Art Placements: 2009

Boston Public Health Commission (Opioid Treatment Program)
The Boston Public Health Commission’s Opioid Treatment Program provides free medication assisted substance abuse services to primarily poor, uninsured, homeless, pregnant women, and medically compromised individuals. Clients attend the clinic on a daily basis in the beginning of treatment. Two years ago, they opened a new facility which is truly beautiful, but lacks the "finishing touches" of art. Methadone treatment is a highly stigmatized service and most neighborhoods are very outspoken about allowing them in the neighborhood.

The Opioid Treatment Program building, although new and beautiful, exists next to the tow lot under the expressway. Siting this program proved very difficult over the past 35 years, but with the City of Boston's commitment, they continue to provide services to the most vulnerable citizens in Boston and surrounding areas. Some clients were able to see the art previously donated to the Commission and were overwhelmingly impressed. They felt they were "cared for" and welcomed in the space. The donated art will be exhibited in the new clinic which is a great open space with lots of natural light.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bphc.org/programs/aptrss/ourservices/treatmentandrecoverysupportservices/opioidaddictionservices/Pages/Home.aspx



Artists: Borchard, Brackett, Castro, Cook, Bos, Grossman, Hungate, Hyde, Kupferman, Ritter, Schnitman, Schwalb, Warburg

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Career Source

Art Placements: 2009

Career Source
Career Source is a comprehensive career center with access to a variety of resources to connect job seekers with employers. Each year the center serves nearly 7500 customers on all levels of education and experience. Through interest and skill assessments, workshops, individual counseling, training resources and recruitment events, Career Source assists job seekers to explore opportunities and ways to apply their skills in a variety of industries.

As a nonprofit career center that provides some state services, they work with many recently unemployed customers, many of whom are in a heightened state of anxiety. The donated art will hang in the entry, waiting areas, workshop rooms, computer lab, and hallways to provide a welcoming, comforting, and aesthetically pleasing environment for their customers, rather than one that is institutional and impersonal.

Considering that physical environments often have a profound effect on mood and sense of well-being, the artwork will be instrumental in lifting the spirits of the unemployed. It will help motivate them to continue their search to find a job that allows them to contribute their talents to the world.

For more information, please visit: www.yourcareersource.com



Artists: Borchard, Brackett, Cahaly, Castro, Christensen, Cook, Feldman, Grossman, Hodes, Kupferman, LaMont, Motherwell, Safarikova, Schwalb

Victory Programs: Warren Street Housing

Art Placements: 2008

Victory Programs
Victory Housing on Warren Street, which opened after renovations in spring of 2008, is 2 beautiful three-story early 20th century walk-up homes. It will permanently house 14 adults who had been chronically homeless and Victory Housing is very excited for the donated art that will reinforce the feeling that our clients are truely home by providing a space that is both comforting and inspirational.

For more information, please visit: www.vpi.org



Artists: Borchard, Carter, Castro, Putterman, Rubin, Silber, Termini, Wainwright, Winters, Wiseman

Victory Programs: Joelyn's Family Home

Art Placements: 2007

Victory Programs: Joelyn's Family Home
Art gives people a place to start communicating, a common experience or jumping off point for a stronger relationship. In a program like Joelyn's Family Home, art can help family members express their feelings and better utilize expressive language. The donated art will help shape ideas, define social attitudes and repair stereotypes. Clients at Joelyn's Family Home will benefit from being surrounded by diverse "artifacts" providing them with a sense that their culture, as well as many other cultural expressions, is important. This exposure fosters a stronger sense of self and boosts self-esteem and the donated art will provide opportunities for family members to learn about new things while stimulating dialogue, creativity, learning and healing--all critical concepts to the path to recovery.

For more information, please visit: www.vpi.org



Artists: Berger, Berger, Bolsey, Clapp, Dickson, Kupferman, Beth Maisel, Revett, Rothschild, Silber, Tan, Termini, Wiseman