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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 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.

View a list of our recipient agencies.       

                                                                                                               

Image: Guest viewing artwork by Eric Garner at CASA de Maryland

Featured Artist


Amy Jackson is a self-taught artist who lives in Germantown, Maryland. She creates work in various media, including painting, photography, writing and music. Amy’s painting began in 1993 as a means to express herself as she was experiencing chronic pain at the time.  “As the physical pain healed, her paintings became a way to explore emotions over the years, both the sublime and the excruciating.”

Amy paints in the abstract and representationally. Her work depicts land and visual scapes that are both bright and inviting. Amy has drawn inspiration from artists Matisse and Picasso through their bold use of shape, color and formal simplification, to Sixties Pop Art. She has also been influenced by the work of masters El Greco, Dali and Frida Kahlo, amongst several others. Her photographs range in content from abstract close-ups of industrial metal, machines and glass, to the intimate close-ups of plants and the natural world.

“With my art I strive for a sense of surviving beauty and surprise in our world, even though much of it seems so fragmented and lost. I am honored to donate these artworks to ACCR, in the hope that they will do just that, stimulate your world in ways that help you seek beauty in all that you do.”

Amy has generously donated several works to ACCR within the past year, many of which have been placed in the following nonprofit agencies: Women’s Housing Coalition, St. Peter’s Adult Learning Center, the Fransican Center, Chase Brexton Health Care, and Maryland New Directions.

 

To learn more about Amy and her work, please visit: www.amyjackson.cc

Artwork Images (top to bottom): Delta, Leaf Tips, Sailing the Dawn, and Jungle Botanica

 

Featured Recipient Agency


 

Progress Unlimited is a private, nonprofit organization that offers 24-hour residential care for adults with developmental disabilities in Owings Mills, Maryland. The organization offers assistance to enhance skills related to problem solving, to build and maintain relationships, and offers supported housing, behavioral care and companionship programs.

 

Several months after the placement of the artwork, ACCR checked in with the agency’s Executive Director, Mary Gatto, to discuss how the clients and staff have responded to the artwork. She remarked, “The people we serve spend time moving through the hallways of our Medical Day Center, sometimes jetting through, other times meandering, at times stopping for a break. Before this incredible gift of artwork, our walls were bare. Imagine people’s surprise when bare walls were adorned with paintings and tapestries and collages!”

 

 

Mary commented that their physical therapy team uses the long corridors as a place to practice in the gait trainer, or to help a person transition from a wheelchair to a walker. “Now there is artwork to provide motivation or incentive….especially if there is a favorite piece at the end of the corridor!”

The clients served by Progress Unlimited have also made mention of the work and the daily inspiration it provides. DeSahwn says of his favorite piece “It makes me feel I’m on a private beach with the sun going down”. Rufus says that the tapestries “remind me of Africa”. Perhaps Jessica expresses it best, “When you just go past it you don’t think, but if you stop and look it makes you feel a certain way”.

Thank you Art Connection for helping us all to feel!

Artwork credit (top to bottom): Bonnie Bird Liebhold, Psychedelic and Green Abstract, Linda Niederman, Mardi Gras, Carolyn Jackson, Looking Up Little Quarry Spring, and Robin Jones, York Street Garden