AIRE PROJECT: Art Inspires Roots of Empathy
Donating art to lift the spirit of people in need and inspire beauty in their environments
Fostering caring community and access to beautiful art in places that serve adults, children and families who are facing the challenges of aging, living with physical or cognitive challenges, or homelessness
How the project works:
Peggy Cahill, artist educator and community activist, is collaborating with several nonprofit organizations on the North Shore of MA. Each site selected to receive artworks that will uplift the physical and aesthetic environments of their building, where people who receive services and restoration on a daily basis will find greater solace, hope and inspiration being surrounded by the presence of expressive nature-themed artworks.
Day by Day Adult Day Health, Gloucester, MA- Serves over 100 individuals daily, ranging in age from 30-90 yrs old, with varying disabilities. Provides much needed connection and socialization and stimulation, medical care, social workers, activities, and hot lunches.
Marie’s Place, Brighton, MA – 14 bed respite program for woman with mental health challenges (potential participant)
Peggy will visit each nonprofit program in advance and determine with staff the wall spaces in need of artworks.
DONORS (Individuals or groups) will purchase one piece that has been identified for a specific site’s needs. This artwork can be given in honor, memory or tribute to a person of importance to the donor.
The following label will accompany each painting on the wall:
Donation To (site chosen):
A Loving Gift from:
In Memory/ Honor/ Tribute to (optional):
Title of Artwork:
Peggy (picture framing and museum experience) will bring the chosen artwork and accompanying label to the site and assist with placement on the wall.
The site will send the donor, or donating group, a photo of the artwork in its new home and a thank you note- sharing how the piece has impacted the program and those it serves.
Thank you for participating in this project and for being part of this small community effort to improve quality of life for others in need. Together, we are inspiring roots of empathy by thinking about the struggles of others that are not our own, and gifting artworks that promote a spirit of caring. This brings radiance, empowerment and light to all of our lives.
Project Facilitator: Peggy Cahill, M.Ed