Institutional PartnershipsBelow are a few examples of how some institutional partners have invested in MassArt
Blick Blick Art Materials is continuing their partnership with MassArt in 2012, and Blick can be found on campus during back to school weeks distributing discounts and handing out giveaways to students and faculty. It is a pleasure to continue a partnership with a company that gives back to the community and supports the endeavors of young artists.
Revere Hotel The fashion department was approached by Simon Mais, the general manager for the yet unopened Revere Hotel. Mais believed MassArt students could design innovative, edgy, and timeless uniforms that would represent the hotel's new modern and luxurious brand. The students worked through professional practice techniques to design storyboards, draft patterns, source fabrics, and create technical packets for sample production, among other things. They developed sketches to explain their ideas to Mais in the first round. Based on those drawings, a selection of finalists produced their garments. The clothes were then shown to a panel of industry experts and Mais, who narrowed down the winners. The staff, including bellmen, doormen, front desk attendants and wait staff, will be wearing the final MassArt creations at the hotel's grand opening in April.
TwinFocus Capital Partners TwinFocus has a long history of supporting MassArt. TwinFocus has been the lead sponsor of the Auction Preview Party for almost a decade. One of their founding partners serves on the MassArt Foundation Board and chairs the Investment Committee; another partner serves on the Corporate Advisory Council.
Surdna Foundation The Surdna Foundation awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant to MassArt in support of Artward Bound, the nation's first multi-year college preparatory program in the visual arts. The program, which MassArt was able to develop with the assistance of an earlier planning grant from Surdna, provides 8th-12th grade, economically disadvantaged students from Boston with the artistic, academic, and personal skills needed for admission to a visual arts college or other post-secondary institution. MassArt is grateful for its partnership with the Surdna Foundation, which has made it possible to both plan and implement Artward Bound.
Highland Street Scholarship The Highland Street Foundation has made a three-year, $75,000 grant to establish the Highland Street Scholarship Program. The program will benefit fifteen Massachusetts students by awarding $5,000 to five MassArt juniors for each of three years. The awards will be based on academic merit and financial need. Special thanks to Highland Street Foundation Trustee Holly McGrath Bruce and David Bruce for making these critically-needed scholarships possible.
Kresge Foundation The Kresge Foundation, through its pilot initiative, College/Arts, awarded the Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) at MassArt a two-year, $200,000 grant to expand its Neighborhood Art Zone program in the Mission Hill/Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. CACP was one of only seven grant recipients in 2010 selected from colleges and universities throughout the country with outstanding arts and community-building programs. Kresge's support has had a profound impact on the college, helping us to develop and strengthen relationships with the community, both old and new. For example, Kresge's one-time grant made it possible for MassArt to launch the sparc! ArtMobile, the multi-purpose van that brings educational art and design projects to K-12 schools and community centers in the surrounding neighborhood.