$4,775 of $10k goal

Raised by 21 people in 10 months
Leslie MacWeeney  BOSTON, MA
That’s what critics call the Living Art project.

LIVING ART empowers young artists to create life-sized portraits of first responders on donated doors.
The Non-profit Living Art is gearing up for its seventeenth season of PORTRAITS, PEOPLE & PLACES with its special theme this year:

     Portraits, People, and Places:
          Opening Hearts and Minds

Teens from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods paint full size portraits of police officers, firefighters, EMTs and veterans using doors instead of canvasses.
The intimate process of painting portraits of these brave citizens encourages empathy and new understandings of each other's worlds. Students in the program also develop transferrable skills that will increase their success in academics, jobs and relationships through challenging exercises that promote critical thinking in both individual and group settings.

Your donation is urgently needed to fund the next cycle of this youth-police détente program! 

We urgently need to find sources of funding for this program with its new emphasis on its call for equality in our community.

We need money for art materials, hardware and paying the instructors.  We need money for moving and setting up the students' paintings at the exhibition sites around the city.

Last season’s portraits were exhibited in Roxbury, Dorchester, Lower Mills and at Boston City Hall through the month of April. 

Your contribution for any amount will make all the difference and will be most appreciated.

All donor names will be posted on a large Banner which will be displayed everywhere we show the doors.  Should you wish to pay by credit or debit card, you may do so on this site.

Or, if you wish to pay by check, it should be payable to LIVING ART, Inc. and mailed to :

                                 Leslie MacWeeney
                                 324 Ashmont Street
                                 Dorchester, MA 02124

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Thank you very much for your generosity,


The mission of Living Art is to forge connections between Dorchester/Roxbury youth and adults, to build community through visual art, to demonstrate how the visual arts impact careers of all kinds, and to provide exceptional visual art education.
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Update 12
Posted by Leslie MacWeeney
5 months ago
Tiny Sculptures Class

Kit Clark Seniors: Get a jump start on your holiday preparations! Join Dorchester resident and artist Leslie MacWeeney for this two-part class. In these two classes, participants will make fimo clay sculptures, jewelry, ornaments and other objects d’art that are perfect for holiday gift giving. The program will be held at the Kit Clark Senior Services Center, 1500 Dorchester Avenue, from 10:00 to 11:30 on November 9 and November 16. Should you have any questions, contact the Center at 617-825-5000.
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Update 11
Posted by Leslie MacWeeney
5 months ago
Annual Ornament Decorating Workshop
Every year, the community tree at the intersection of Park Street and Dorchester Avenue is decorated with hundreds of ornaments made by local residents. Join your neighbors, local businesses, and visitors as they take part in this annual workshop. Attendance at more than one workshop is recommended. No registration is required.

Workshops will take place at
the Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1520 Dorchester Avenue

Friday, November 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, November 21, 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The Fields Corner Community Tree Lighting
Next to the clock at the corner of Dorchester Ave and Park Street.

Saturday, November 26, 6:30 p.m.
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Update 10
Posted by Leslie MacWeeney
5 months ago
Puppet Parade

As part of the “Tilt Down Fence Project”, the Puppet Parade utilized life size puppets which were lent by Sara Peattie of the Puppeteers Library. Fields Corner residents, young and old, took part in multiple flash mob puppet parade.

The performance took place at the Fields Corner bus station in collaboration with the public art installation there by BR-AC-E: "The tilt down fence".
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Update 9
Posted by Leslie MacWeeney
5 months ago
Portraits, People and Places

In 2015, “Portraits, People and Places: Opening Doors, A New Understanding” paired each of six local teens with a first responder. The seven-week program, during which the students painted life-sized portraits of these frontline safety personnel by using donated wooden doors instead of canvases, is itself opening new portals of communication between groups that the national media have characterized as “adversarial”.  The tremendously positive response to this pilot program is fueling the effort to ensure its continued growth.

This year’s “Portraits, People and Places” is made up by people of all ages in the Dorchester and Roxbury justice system. The work produced in these classes will be exhibited in public spaces in Dorchester and Roxbury, as well as Downtown Boston.
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$4,775 of $10k goal

Raised by 21 people in 10 months
Created June 23, 2016
John Finley
5 months ago

Leslie, we at Epiphany are cheering you on! :-)

James Ryan
6 months ago

just to top you up.

East Boston Savings Bank
6 months ago (Offline Donation)
Florri Aversa
7 months ago

Exciting project! Good luck!

Jeremy Fiske
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Mr. Fiske is the Assistant Location Manager and they have been filming in Dorchester. The film is currently titled "Untitled Detroit Project". We are very grateful for Mr. Fiske's generous contribution.

Jean Donahue
8 months ago

Leslie's passion and persistence has been making a difference for youth and many others through her art programs for many years. It is a pleasure to contribute to her efforts.

8 months ago (Offline Donation)
Blasi's Restaurant
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
Angela Bird
8 months ago

I was a student in programs like this for a long time. It was a great experience to not only develop one's artistic skills, but also to connect with various members of the community: other kids, teachers, first responders and other artistic models. Having experiences like this is important when you're growing up, and I think it's an honor to be able to provide that opportunity to another student.

Tri Seafood Restaurant, Inc
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
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