The Marble Collection is showcasing the works of its published Massachusetts teen artists and writers in a pop-up gallery at the central branch of the Boston Public Library during the month of March. The Marble Collection is supported by UMass Boston’s student-run newspaper, The Mass Media, and housed on campus.
The pop-up gallery is an exhibition of Massachusetts students, grades 8 to 12, whose writing, poetry, artwork, and photography are published in The Marble Collection’s award-winning online and print magazine. The exhibition will be located in Teen Central, on the second floor of the Johnson building. It's free and open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
“Our published teens are thrilled to exhibit their works at Boston Public Library," said The Marble Collection Executive Director Deanna Elliot. "Our pop-up galleries help our teens reach audiences that otherwise would not see their work. This experience not only strengthens our teens’ confidence and artistic competence, but it also helps them to build their résumés, applications, and portfolios for college and career.”
In honor of the pop-up gallery, The Marble Collection cordially invites teens, their families and friends, educators, and members of the community at large on an exclusive docent-led Art & Architecture Tour of Boston Public Library on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. The tour will highlight the architecture of the Central Library's famed buildings by Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson as well as the art treasures within, including works by Daniel Chester French and John Singer Sargent. The tour will conclude with a viewing of The Marble Collection's pop-up gallery.
General admission tour tickets are $25; student tickets are $5. Proceeds ensure that The Marble Collection can continue its publishing and arts mentoring programs at absolutely no cost to teens. Purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/eywdv8. Space is limited.
High quality, framed prints of teen artwork are available for purchase in The Marble Collection’s e-Gallery.
About The Marble Collection [TMC]
The Marble Collection, Inc. [TMC], a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization, publishes the only Massachusetts statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring jury-selected artwork, photography, poetry and creative writing by students in grades 8 to 12. TMC also offers Mentoring for Publication Workshops in which teen writers and artists are partnered with college student mentors who help them refine their voices and guide their work to publication. TMC partnered with UMass Boston is 2014 and relocated its offices to its distinguished Campus Center, where it offers college students the opportunity to help manage a dynamic, growing arts education nonprofit and mentor teen artists and writers. At a time when budget cuts and an emphasis on standardized testing mean that fewer teens in Massachusetts have access to the arts, TMC collaborates with 200 Massachusetts schools and community groups to publish and mentor 100 teen writers and artists each school year. For additional information please visit http://themarblecollection.org.
About BPL Teen Central
Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square opened in February 2015 in conjunction with the first phase of the Central Library Renovation. Among the features are a media room providing many options for engagement in a fun, safe, and social environment, and a digital lab that hosts classes and workshops, including graphic design software, tablets, laptops, and a 3D printer to enhance teens’ learning experience. Diner-style booths and room for group work are available along with a quiet study space. Designed as a supremely flexible area, collections and furniture can be moved to adapt to any programs offered.