Summer Time and the livin’s Easy at MMA

We have been busy over here at MMA! For the past three weeks our summer camps have been in full swing. Our students ages 12-14, join us in the afternoon for two sessions a day of art making!

Rolling into week four’s theme, which is ‘Painting & Ceramics’ below is a peek of what our students have accomplished so far this summer:

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Phantom of Liberty at RISD Museum

Raul Gonzalez III (who is MMA’s 2018 Spirit Award Honoree, 9/23/18 – click here for more information on our event) has been including in an amazing exhibition at the RISD Museum, “The Phantom of Liberty,’ which opened on May 4 and running through December 2018. It is RISD’s largest exhibition of postwar art and design to date.

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Works in the RISD Museum Collection

The Phantom of Liberty presents works by more than 40 artists, designers, and collectives in the RISD Museum collection… These works—representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs—reflect various notions of “freedom” as being elusive or even imaginary ideals in contemporary life. Intersecting and overlapping themes include spirituality and religion, family and domestic spaces, and the ways power and authority shape geography and place. The exhibition also demonstrates the dynamic convergences within the visual arts and different design-based practices, revealing how disciplines have become more interdependent in recent years.

RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.”


Watchalo, Papa, Watchalo
Raul Gonzalez III
American, b. 1976
Watchalo, Papa, Watchalo, 2016
Mixed media on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2017.12

Freepoint Hotel Demo

There are two weeks left in ‘Freepoint Hotel X Maud Morgan Arts’ exhibition. Last week two of our participating artists, Amy McGregor-Radin and Ponnappa Prakkamul brought their materials to the Freepoint Hotel‘s ‘secret garden’ for a demonstration. A great way to show artists, and non artists just exactly what their practices are.


Ponnapa who currently is currently participating in a residency in Watertown’s Plumbing Museum. “I call it “Unconventional Drawing Medium”. I use found materials from the scenes or places that I am drawing either as a tool or as drawing medium. The medium for each drawing changes according to the landscape condition of each place. Primary media is soil, river water, and plant material. Currently at the Plumbing Museum, I am exploring the use of different types of rust that oxidizes in varying humidity to draw. The part that I like the most is the process of finding a canvas for them. I usually start simple, using paper first and see how the materials react. Then, I move to fabric, wood, and metal. For rust, I love to see how it slowly reacts to different environmental conditions through time which is very similar to plants.” Read more about her process in this interview published by the The Plumbing Museum here.


Amy McGrego Radin explained to our audience the origin in which ‘white line’ mono printing became popular, “Devised by Provincetown artists in the early 1900’s, the white line woodcut method involves incising wood with a design, hand-painting each shape on the board, and transferring the color to paper using a traditional printer’s barren or other tool to create pressure. While a given design can be printed many times over each print is done one at a time and is unique.” To see more examples of Amy’s work, please visit her website by clicking here!

Special thanks to Cambridge Community Television for coming out and capturing the event. We’ll keep you posted on where you can find the video!


Back Yard Block Party, 2018

You’re invited! Sunday, June 3rd from 12-4pm. Back Yard Block Party at Agassiz Baldwin Community + MMA Yard!

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At 3pm we’ll be celebrating the opening of the newest play structure, “Baldwin Tower,” with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed by 2017 Architecture Vacation class. Students got the chance to work with architects and design the structure as a team.

Mid Spring Session @ MMA

The sun has finally decided to come out and we’re half way through our Spring session! With classes moving full steam ahead – projects have started to migrate home. Here’s a glimpse of what’s been going on in our studio:

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Mugs made by one of our independent renters (Masha), using a variety of techniques to hand build – then add decals + interesting glaze!

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 5.33.39 PMSolar prints made in our ‘Printmaking Station” class. Now currently handing in the MMA lobby.

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And lastly portraits of our model, from an amazing workshop taught by artist Mia Cross (Artists, left to right -Seija Halva, Mia Cross, Emily Shedlock)



Ceramic Show – Office for the Arts at Harvard

Mark your calendars – because this week is Harvard’s Ceramic show! And our very own Zachary Mickelson will have work in it! See details below:

Ceramics Program Spring Show & Sale 2018

 Location: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Ceramics Program Spring Show and Sale
May 10 – 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4pm-8pm
Friday, May 11 10am – 7pm
Saturday, May 12 10am – 7pm
Sunday, May 13 10am – 7pm
Location: 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134 | Directions


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Inspiration – Go Make Something!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Here are some remarks by former President Lyndon Johnson during the signing of the Arts and Humanities Bill in September 1965. We hope it inspires you to make something today, or this week!

In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history’s catalog.

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.

We in America have not always been kind to the artists and the scholars who are the creators and the keepers of our vision. Somehow, the scientists always seem to get the penthouse, while the arts and the humanities get the basement.

Last year, for the first time in our history, we passed legislation to start changing that situation. We created the National Council on the Arts. The talented and the distinguished members of that Council have worked very hard. They have worked creatively. They have dreamed dreams and they have developed ideas…

… It is in the neighborhoods of each community that a nation’s art is born. In countless American towns there live thousands of obscure and unknown talents. What this bill really does is to bring active support to this great national asset, to make fresher the winds of art in this great land of ours.

The arts and the humanities belong to the people, for it is, after all, the people who create them.