The Marble Collection (TMC), nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, announces its partnership with UMass Boston. Supported by the university’s student-run newspaper, The Mass Media, TMC has relocated its offices to UMass Boston’s Campus Center, where it will offer college students the opportunity to help manage a dynamic, growing arts education nonprofit and mentor teen artists and writers.
TMC collaborates with a network of nearly 200 schools and organizations across the state to publish the only Massachusetts statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring jury-selected artwork, writing, poetry, and photography by students in grades 8 through 12.
“We are honored to join UMass Boston’s dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and share in its commitment to urban engagement.” says TMC founder Deanna Elliot. “Together, we can mutually strengthen our public service efforts across the state.”
Elliot attended UMass Boston during her senior year of college, on an exchange from UMass Amherst. Elliot joined the editorial staff of The Watermark, UMass Boston’s student literary magazine. Determined to share her love of publishing with high school students, Elliot founded TMC with a mission to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts among teens in Massachusetts.
UMass Boston students will take on internships that support The Marble Collection. As interns, they will assess teen work for publication, mentor published teen artists and writers, and provide assistance in marketing, community and media relations, grant writing, and development.
“Our students will be able to intern with the magazine and gain practical experience,” says Assistant Director for Media and Cultural Programs Donna Neal. “UMass Boston's long-standing relationship with the Boston Public Schools will allow The Marble Collection to connect with Boston public high schools, giving voice to rising young Boston artists and poets.”
The Mass Media has also donated office space to The Marble Collection, and will cover the printing and distribution costs of 2015 editions of the magazine, which are distributed to every high school and library in the state.
TMC’s talented teen writers and artists, representing high schools across the region, will convene at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery for an exhibition of jury-selected artwork during ArtWeek Boston, May 9 to May 17, 2015.
The exhibition concludes with an annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by The Mass Media, Spring into Art celebrates teen artists, writers, poets, photographers, and musicians who are featured in The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, TMC’s award-winning online and print magazine.