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 their clients directly and include: homeless shelters, children's centers, mental health 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
Joseph Hyde is a Baltimore based photographer whose landscape portraits draw powerful, and often poignant, parallels between life and nature. For over two decades, Joseph has documented trees in their natural habitat—whether flourishing on a mountain top or surviving in the crevice of a city sidewalk—he has shared their stories and honored their beauty through his work.
In describing his work, Joseph writes:
For me, a tree is a person.
I could bring water to the base of a tree,
and mineral nutrients to its soil perhaps,
and have some effect on its future.
But like us, for the most part,
a tree is vulnerable to its environment, to the caprice of the seater, and yet remains solely responsible for its own continuance.
The natural world is the source that has provide all of my photographic work. I’m sure it will provide for me the raw materials of another thirty years of creativity. It’s a large gift. In donating my work to ACCR, it is my hope that its viewers will also draw nourishment and inspiration from nature, as well as the resources, compassion and respect to preserve it.
Joseph graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983, and has shown his work in many local venues over the years, as well as at the Bibro Gallery, the Woodward Gallery, and the Edward Carter Gallery in New York. He has been the recipient of several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards and was nominated for the Black Spider Award. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including: The Lancaster Museum of Art, Ford Motor Company, and Ritz Carlton Hotels.
His new show at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Art Gallery, Certain Trees, is a continuation of his dedication to this project. This body of work, which is mostly shot on the West Coast, is reminiscent of the beach photography of Edward Weston and the open horizon series of Sugimoto. The exhibition will remain on view through March 2nd.
Artwork by Joseph Hyde (from top to bottom): Divisive, Middle Child, The Mighty Hydra
Featured Recipient Agency
Arundel House of Hope is a non-profit ecumenical organization that provides emergency, transitional, and permanent affordable housing for the poor and those experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. They are committed to providing all other support services in a professional, dignified, supportive, and respectful manner.
AHOH recently selected a beautiful collection of artwork ranging from paintings and photogrpahs to mixed media works for display within their Glen Burnie agency.
In discussing the impact this placement has had on AHOH, Mario Berninzoni, Executive Director commented:
"The art work has really made the space we use everyday much more engaging and beautiful. I see many of our clients looking at the artwork either trying to "figure" it out or just enjoying it while waiting for an appointment.
I feel the artwork provided by ACCR really helps our clients feel better about themselves, it is not just something that is nice to look at, but it can help people heal, engage, and recover for many of the difficult issues they are dealing with everyday.
We feel grateful to have these pieces of outstanding original artwork accessible to all of those that we serve." Volunteers and clients who have experienced the work, shared some of their impressions as well:
"Our clients and guests have said the artwork is a blessing and a great complement to the space. The pieces lend to the tranquility and feel of hope provided by the space, especailly the large painting that displays a row of homes." ~ CRC Pogram Manager
It looks really nice and makes the place really pleasant." ~ Free Clinic Patient
"It makes it very nice to come into the clinic and volunteer each week and I think the patients really like it because it is so beautiful." ~ Clinic Volunteer Nurse
Artwork Images (from top to bottom): Richard Niewerth, Houses by Exit Ramp; Craig Sterling, Jeffeson Memorial; David Dauncey, Row Houses