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Art Donation & Placement Program
The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) enriches lives by expanding access to original works of visual art within underserved communities throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Our mission is primarily achieved through the facilitation of an innovative art donation and placement program that brings together artists and collectors willing to donate their artwork with qualifying nonprofit community service or public equivalent agencies that have no funding for art purchases. An example of the types of organizations with which ACCR partners serve clients directly and includes: homeless shelters, children's centers, treatment facilities, and low-income senior housing agencies, amongst several others.
ACCR identifies artists and collectors interested in donating original artwork, organizes the work for inclusion in the Artists’ Gallery to be considered by recipient agencies, and guides the agencies throughout the selection and placement process. These works of art become the permanent property of the recipient agency.
By bringing art to more members of our community, we are contributing to the creation of nurturing environments and providing individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to experience the beauty, inspiration and hope that art enables. In addition to enlivening the public spaces within an agency, donated artwork serves to integrate and engage community members and helps to foster positive associations between the agency providing vital social services and individuals accessing these services.
Participating artists are instrumental to our program, and contribute their work for many reasons. Perhaps they personally identify with an agency’s mission, or just feel the need to give back to the community. Maybe they are excited by the idea of their artwork being viewed by a large number of visitors and included in a permanent collection, or by the prospect that their work will have a profound and lasting effect on the lives of so many.
Sometimes, just one small painting or piece of sculpture can make a difference. This simple concept has guided ACCR in its programming, and together with the contributions of our artists and partnering agencies, has had a tremendous impact on the underserved communities we have been able to support.
Image: Guest viewing artwork by Eric Garner at CASA de Maryland
Richard Niewerth is an artist who has been painting and exhibiting his artwork for nearly 45 years. Born in Baltimore, he earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1967 and an MA from the University of Maryland in 1969.
Richard started his visual arts career teaching at Anne Arundel Community College in the spring of 1970. He served as the Art Department Chair for 18 years and was instrumental in developing an Art Major program, and initiating a number of courses still currently offered at the College. During his tenure, he continued to pursue his painting career, exhibiting his work regionally, nationally, and internationally, and earning a place in several public and private collections.
Much of the artist’s recent work focuses on landscapes and urbanscapes—capturing and preserving an event or an experience with which the viewer can almost immediately identify. In discussing his work, Niewerth writes, “my view of landscape goes beyond the 19th century vision of the untouched natural world; it includes the spaces and alterations which mankind has created for himself.” In addition, the artist has completed a series of car reflections and stations, which can be viewed on his website: richardniewerth.com
Richard generously donated two urbanscape paintings through the ACCR/MICA: Art + Community exhibition and project that took place at MICA this summer. His work was selected by Arundel House of Hope and My Brother’s Keeper and will reside within the public areas of these two community service agencies.
When inquiring about his willingness to donate his work, Richard commented, “many artists, including me, in an effort to broaden their audience and ‘give back to the community’ seek worthwhile affiliations to do so.
ACCR’s mission to expand access to the arts through their donation program surely meets this goal. I am hopeful that my works will enrich the lives of those who view them. I am appreciative and honored to be part of their program.”
Images (from top to bottom): Anticipation, Blue House with Shed,Sold-Kiss, Underpass Route 97
Featured Recipient Agency
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that serves low-income seniors and previously homeless men and women through affordable housing and support programs. "GEDCO is committed to a just society that respects the dignity and worth of all people and to fostering growth toward personal independence."
GEDCO was one of the ten nonprofit agencies that participated in ACCR/MICA: Art + Community, an exhibition/project that took place at Maryland Institute College of Art this summer. The agency selected a permanent collection of artwork for display within Epiphany House, one of their senior service housing communities.
In discussing her experience with ACCR, Lin Romano, Executive Director of GEDCO, comments:
The phrase "too good to be true" came to mind when I first learned about The Art Connection in the Capital Region, and the great surprise is that it's even better than imagined! GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation) provides specialized housing and supportive services, as well as emergency assistance, to individuals and families in Northeast Baltimore. We are thrilled to be able to showcase the work of local artists and to offer people in the low-income communities we serve the opportunity to have creative, original artwork in their environment. This provides them with a sense of dignity and worth, as well as encouraging their imaginations, broadening their scope of knowledge, and inspiring their spirits.
Selecting pieces that would fit well with our program was a wonderful experience, and it was greatly enhanced by later meeting the artists at a reception and learning more about their work and motivation for contributing to The Art Connection. For example, it was delightful to learn that we had chosen the work of one painter whose family had volunteered with our food pantry, and that of a sculptor whose work represented people living through a time of great difficulty. We found such synergy with the artists, as well as great generosity and mutual gratitude for the work each of us is doing. The Art Connection fills a gap that we did not even realize existed before they brought their energy and light into our organization.
Marc Chagall noted, "Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing," and this program and the artists who participate truly share a deep love with the community. We are grateful.
Images: (top: Patricia Beatty, Blue Sky; center: Susan Dorsey, Dream Maker; bottom: Cabot Lane, Fern Paper)