for the GFWC Arts Community Service Program from the 2012-2014 GFWC
for the Arts Information
for the Arts Report Cover Sheet.
for the Arts and Photography Contests.
GFWC Partners: GFWC partners are the
organizations listed with whom GFWC has established a formal
relationship and mutual understanding. Our partners offer unique and
customized services: materials, speakers, kits, and/or additional
information specifically designed for GFWC clubs. They are aware of
GFWC clubs’ specific needs, our organizational structure, and have a
signed Memorandum of Understanding with GFWC.
American Mural Project – www.AmericanMuralProject.org
The American Mural
Project is an organization focused on creating the largest
collaborative piece of indoor artwork in the world, a celebration of
American ingenuity, productivity, and commitment to work. The piece,
when finished, will be a three dimensional-painting, measuring 120 feet
long, five stories high, and nearly 10 feet deep. It is made of a wide
variety of materials, including honeycomb aluminum panels, fiberglass,
ceramic tiles, fabric, marble, and blown glass. The mural’s home is a
complex of former mill buildings in Winsted, Connecticut; a town built
on the work the mural celebrates. With the exhibit and an adjacent arts
center open to the public, this complex will be a focal point for AMP’s
multi-disciplinary curriculum and a cultural center.
Make Places: Celebrating Workers in Our Communities: Honor the people who work in your community with this innovative art initiative. How many people do you
come in contact with every day whose work you admire but never get a
chance to recognize? Honoring a deserving person or group allows the
entire community to celebrate their skills and contributions. Clubs are
only limited by their own imagination as they pursue these projects.
Faces Make Places can help build community spirit in your town while,
spreading the mission of the American Mural Project.
Projects: GFWC Community
Service Projects, formerly known as Collaborations, are programs and
projects members initiate and participate in to serve their
communities—they do not include projects that relate to GFWC partners.
This section is where the clubs will report all the programs and
projects that are specifically related to the Arts Community Service
Program that can involve other members of the community, other
organizations, or the individual club or members.
- Sponsor an Arts Contest in the Schools:
Choose a theme (a holiday or tied to your town history in some way) and
promote a contest in the schools. Work with a local business
(banks are usually very receptive) to showcase the winners for a month
or so. Give simple prizes to the winners. Kids will love
winning something and it will encourage them to create art. For
example, in Marlborough, a former shoe town, we could sponsor a contest
called “If the Shoe Fits” and ask kids to draw or paint something that
- Recycled Art Fundraiser:
Collect odds and ends and make 25 or so bags of “stuff.” They can
be empty spools of thread, a piece of rope, left over nuts and bolts,
whatever you can come up with. Put a lot of variety in each
bag. Then “sell” each bag (suggested price - $25 but choose what
you think your community will pay and create as many bags as you think
will sell). The idea is the artist must create a work of art
using all the contents of his or her bag (you should keep a tally of
what is in each bag so when you judge you know if they used all the
items). Get donations for prizes, find some “celebrity” judges
and see if a local business will let you display the winners.
It’s a great way to promote both art and conservation and engage
artists in your community.
- Be a Local TV Star! Take
advantage of your local cable access television station if you have
one. Usually they offer classes on using the equipment.
Propose a show about the activities your club is involved in. If
your club appears regularly on TV, you get more exposure. It’s
free and fun for those involved! You surely have a drama queen
somewhere in your club who could serve as hostess, right?
- Other ideas
- Start a mural project
in your town. You can get lots of ideas and information from
- Sponsor a free pass
to an arts museum through your local library. Libraries usually
have passes to all of the major local and Boston-area arts museums and
your club could sponsor one.
- Do something for
Youth Art Month (March). Plan ahead!
- Promote the GFWC
contests for Youth Short Story Writing and Youth Poetry (see GFWC Club
Manual for details - http://www.gfwc.org/ClubManual)
- Promote within club
the GFWC contests for Member Short Story and Member Poetry. (see GFWC
Club Manual for details http://www.gfwc.org/ClubManual)
- Sponsor ads in local
and school theater playbills or programs.
- Sponsor an “Oldies”
dance at a senior center.
Massachusetts The State Organization of Arts and Disability
VSA MA promotes the involvement of
people of all abilities in the cultural life of our communities. www.VSAMass.org
England Foundation for
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is a nonprofit
organization that provides leadership and resources that benefit
artists, the public, arts funders, and policymakers throughout New
England and beyond.
Mass Cultural Council
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that
promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts,
humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life
for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality
of our communities.
Youth Audiences of
Young Audiences of Massachusetts is one of the state's leading
nonprofits focused on providing students with access to quality arts
GFWC of Massachusetts Junior
Membership ARTS Contest!
represent the width and breath of Junior Membership in Massachusetts to
illustrate GFWC of MA president Mary Ann Pierce’s
theme TEAM –Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
- Each club will be provided with a blank, community puzzle
- Your club’s challenge is to visually represent your club
on that puzzle piece.
- Have a club member do it?
- Spend part of a meeting deciding what should go on it?
Does one thing really represent your club?
- Have a social meeting and bring magazines and cut out and
make a collage on the piece that will best represent themes of your
- Your club name should appear somewhere on the puzzle
piece within the art.
- Bring or mail your puzzles pieces (Teresa Loftin
Scarpato, 902 Applebriar Ln, Marlborough, MA 01752) by the annual
meeting where we will assemble the puzzle and photograph it.
will be awarded for most creative and representative pieces.
Art Dates to Remember
Library Lovers Month
- April –
- May –
- October –
National Arts and the Humanities Month, America for the Arts
offer comments and or to receive more information about
our organization Please contact: Diane Murphy,
or write to: GFWC of Massachusetts, Junior
Box 679, Sudbury, MA
GFWC of Massachusetts Headquarters is at 245 Dutton Road,
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