Abstraction Made Elementary Inc

aka AME   |   Boston, MA   |  http://amearts.org/
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Mission

We all grew up knowing what a fireman or a policewoman is, but not all of us know who an artist is or does every day in our highly creative and visual culture. AME seeks to bridge that gap by teaching children who an artist is and what contemporary art can be while encouraging their own creative risk-taking, critical thinking, and spontaneity through personal, hands-on art making projects. Children are introduced to abstract art as a formal visual art language, as an extension of children's natural early expression and aesthetics, and as a way to make progress with the National Standards for Arts Education, a public school requirement for K-12 students. We challenge what children can do and learn at a young age with public exhibitions of the abstract art they create. Through collaborative programs with children and volunteer opportunities, serious working visual artists and designers in turn are encouraged to be personally creative while connecting with a broader community outside of the studio.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Mr. John Ruggieri

Main address

1313 Washington St #417

Boston, MA 02118

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EIN

22-3465488

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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History: 10 Years of Community and Collaboration

We have been collaborating year-round with artists, libraries, museums, universities, community centers, and galleries since 1994. AME's programs started by artist John Ruggieri in 1994 at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, where local elementary students painted in the style of major Abstract Expressionists ? some works from the Museum's collection ? and visited local artists' studios and galleries, having fun and learning through experience and collaboration. Our mission has been primarily based in visual art and continues to grow in that direction. With the completion of the large-scale public art/education project [email protected], we see programming expand the definition of visual art into photography, video, and digital art and design.

The public art project [email protected] brought together children, artists, and their shared community and culminated in a September 2000 evening of a large-scale light and video installation inside and outside the church, visual and music performance, documentary, and poetry and digital imagery. This free public art event was the culmination of a semester-long residency with the artists and children of the [email protected] program that occurred at the James M. Curley Elementary School and at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist. Directed by Ruggieri, [email protected] has been graced by visiting artists Duane Slick, Chairman of RISD's Painting Department; Somerville photographer and animation artist Mary Kocol; Jamaica Plain writer Diane Fraser; Emerson College filmmaker John Scott; and Harvard composer Ken Ueno.

AME Education Partners include United South End Settlements' Children's Art Centre, Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School (Boston); ESAC?Ensuring Stability through Action in our Community (Boston); Montessori Meetinghouse School (Braintree, MA); Fuller Museum of Art (Brockton RISE mural project and afterschool arts programs in 5 public schools); Harvard Art Museums (Frank Stella exhibition outreach and Boogie-Woogie Building/Mondrian project with the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Cambridge, MA); Provincetown Art Association & Museum; James M. Curley Elementary School (Boston); West Roxbury Library (Boston); Firehouse Arts Center (Boston); and Castle Hill/Truro Center for the Arts (Truro, MA).

Exhibition and public art programming challenges public perceptions of what children can do and what contemporary artists do in visual art. Phase II is the public exhibition of children's abstract work to ponder the question, Can a Child Really Do That - To highlight the mystery of abstract paintings by young children is to question the notion that representational imagery deserves the highest praise. We would also like to post on the proverbial Refrigerator of Life other possibilities, abilities, and "basics."

Program partners include:
Harvard Art Museums
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Borders Books & Music
La Papusa Guanaca (restaurant, Boston)
Boston Arts Festival
Cambridge River Festival
Boston Open Studios
Gallery @ Green Street (Boston)
West Roxbury Library
Bella Luna (restaurant, Boston)

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Abstraction Made Elementary Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/3/2016
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Bart Scott

Diane Fraser

Jason Bushman

John Ruggieri

Murtuza Abuwala

Matthew Lozow

Dolly Hightower

Jeremy Ross Haines

Marcy Tivol

Lazaro Montano

Megan Gelstein