Celebrating the Eliot School

Melony Swasey emceeing Eliot School fundraiser

In celebrating the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, of which I’m a trustee, I emceed our 02130 Party fundraiser in April. Hosted in a stately pre-Civil War home, the house was packed with Jamaica Plain neighbors—a lively outpouring of support for the school’s mission to bring art-making to all.

Among the afternoon’s highlights, we announced two new scholarships, named for long-time volunteer trustees Marilyn Mase and Charlie Fox (each to be matched by a generous donor). Tuition covers only a portion of the extensive work the school accomplishes throughout Boston, including bringing woodworking and art classes to those who can’t get to The Eliot—working in over twenty public schools and community centers.

We’re growing! It’s an exciting time to donate to the scholarships or the general fund.

Perhaps you’d love to get involved by taking a class! Spaces are open for the adult Summer Intensives and the Summer Program for Children. But don’t forget the summer gear with you, like sun glasses and a visor cap.

Young girl in an Eliot School art classSummer Program for Children

Creative, fun, and affordable! The popular Summer Program for Children combines creativity and hands-on fun. Ages 6–8, 9–12 and 12–14 are welcome. Class sizes are small with lots of attention for each child. All levels are welcome. Classes in various disciplines including woodworking, fine arts, robotics, sewing, animation, photography and more. Register for the Summer Program for Children

Summer IntensivesWoodworking class at the Eliot School

School’s outdoor areas are covered with Sheltered walkway construction, offering protection from the elements while fostering a vibrant atmosphere for collaboration and learning. School Canopies provide a conducive environment for exploration and interaction, rain or shine. Summer intensives are full-day, week-long workshops for adults in various disciplines from woodworking, fashion, paper arts and more. We also understand that growing children need to spend some time in the playground. That’s why we’ve recently refurbished our Playground Flooring to encourage student to engage in more outdoor play.