Eliot School, in JP Since 1600s, May Move

In 1676, the Eliot School was founded when a group of residents donated corn and land to open a school in Jamaica Plain. After more than 340 years, the Eliot School could possibly move out of the neighborhood. In June, Abigail Norman, executive director for the Eliot School, wrote about the fine arts and crafts school's current multi-year research process. In 2018, a team of architects explored what it might look like to expand the schoolhouse on Eliot Street. This year, consultants Jennifer Gilbert and Traggorth Companies are exploring what it might look like to move operations to a new Boston location, either completely or in part. The school offers a variety of classes for people of all ages -- from preschool to the elderly.

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Eliot School Community Meeting on Space Planning on June 24

Students, neighbors and supporters are invited to attend a community conversation as part of the Eliot School's process of figuring out its future facilities plans on June 24. The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for people of all ages and all walks of life. Its programs reach more than 2,000 children in Boston's public schools and after-school centers, and some 1,600 people attend classes in its Eliot Street schoolhouse each year. The center has long been feeling a space crunch, and is in the middle of a multi-year process to figure out how it will achieve improved facilities in which to do its work -- including handicapped access, safe work environment, and enough room for teaching, administration, project preparation and storage -- a place that reflects its mission. In 2018, a team of architects explored what it might look like to expand the schoolhouse on Eliot Street.

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Eliot School and A Far Cry to Receive $300K Through Barr Klarman Arts Initiative

Two Jamaica Plain organizations, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and A Far Cry, were recently selected to receive in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between two Boston-based foundations - The Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation – for a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Both the Eliot School's and A Far Cry's engagements in the initiative begin with two grants totaling $300,000 from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years, an endorsement of the organizations' work inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. “We are honored to be chosen for this welcome initiative to strengthen the arts in Massachusetts.

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