Open Door Gallery Exhibit - Visions of Avalon

Posted Friday September 08 2017 at 6:21 pm in Open Door Gallery

Visions of Avalon painting

This multi media installation is a group effort involving artists from all 5 locations of the Seven Hills Foundation's ASPiRE! Programs.  The participants have made repeated trips to the Worcester Art Museum during the Knights! exhibit following the acquisition of the Higgins Armory Collection and the recent opening of the new Medieval Collection.  In workshops at the museum and in their own studio workshops these artists have created original artwork inspired by the museum's collection.

The exhibit features work in media ranging from ceramics, paintings, collage, and clothing inspired by the period.

Seven Hills ASPiRE!, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, offers innovative and creative programming that provides opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injury to develop skills necessary to pursue interests in employment, recreation, and social interaction.  With an emphasis on Innovative Lifelong Learning, Seven Hills designed the ASPiRE! model to help people enrich their lives, broaden core competencies, and enjoy a full range of activities while cultivating a network of relationships in and around their communities.  The model has restructured the way that traditional day habilitation, adult day health, community-based day supports, and workforce readiness & employment services are typically offered by promoting personal choice and self-determination in a more dynamic and dignified, community-driven environment.  Learn more about the ASPiRE! program by visiting the Seven Hills Foundation website.

Visit Visions of Avalon at the Open Door Gallery now through October 15, 2017 - 89 South Street in Boston or online at opendoorgallery.org.



Lauren Geraghty, Open Door Gallery Exhibitor and Committee Member, Has Passed Away

Posted Monday August 28 2017 at 3:38 pm in News

Tiger - painting by Lauren Geraghty

Tiger - by Lauren Geraghty

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Lauren Geraghty.  Lauren shared her remarkable artwork at the Open Door Gallery on several occasions and served as a member of the gallery committee.  She was a devoted supporter of our work and a committed advocate for artists with disabilities.

Visit the archive of her most recent show at the Open Door Gallery.

Read Lauren's obituary.

Lauren will be greatly missed.



Charles Washburn Announces His Retirement and Successor

Posted Tuesday July 18 2017 at 11:05 pm in News

Charlie Washburn and Nicole Agois

A message from Charles Washburn:

When Maida Abrams, founder of VSA Massachusetts, approached me about joining her team over thirty years ago, I thought I would help her build her organization for a while and then move on.  I really had no idea that I was signing on to an international movement that would become my career.  Now the time has come for me to move on, I will retire in November.  Correspondingly, I am happy to announce that Nicole Agois has agreed to accept a new position at the Seven Hills Foundation, as Managing Director of VSA Massachusetts.

Unlike when I started, Nicole already knows VSA intimately and has demonstrated her passion for this work.  Her first exposure to VSA came as a volunteer at the Ann Sullivan Center, the VSA Affiliate in Lima, Peru.  After her studies at the Boston Conservatory and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we were lucky to recruit Nicole onto our team, moving throughout the organization over the past thirteen years as her leadership and the organization matured together.  She is also well known in the VSA Network, sharing field-leading knowledge and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), teaching artist development, and school partnerships.  Last year she served on the City of Boston's Leadership Council surrounding the creation of our sector-wide cultural planning process.  Needless-to-say, she is an exceptional artist, practitioner and leader whom we are deeply lucky to have assuming this essential role.

Nicole's team will include Marian Taylor Brown, who worked with us as an intern while she was in Harvard's Arts in Education Program, as a COOL Teaching Artist, and has also exhibited in the Open Door Gallery.  Marian will serve as Organizational Consultant through a special arrangement with the Institute for Community Inclusion and UMass Boston, where she is a doctoral candidate in Global Inclusion & Social Development.

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