Article in The Daily Item about Artists Together, a collaboration between Montserrat art education students and students from the Northeast Arc.



PEABODY — An opening reception will be held on Monday, Dec. 12, at Northeast Arc’s ArcWorks Community Center, 22 Foster St., from 4-6 p.m., featuring works by a unique and collaborative art class taught at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.

The class, Artists Together, included four Montserrat art education students who worked with students from Northeast Arc. The goal of the class was to provide a college experience for six young adults who wanted to experience learning in a higher education setting.

The class focused on experimentation, fun, collaboration and orienting the students to college.

“The work these students did together is an experience they will always carry that will provide vocational empowerment to both sets of artists,” said Amy Ruiter, assistant director of Internships and Career Services at Montserrat, who helped arrange the class.

Associate Prof. Stacy Thomas-Vickory of Montserrat team-taught the course with Elise Towle Snow of the ArcWorks Community Center.

Towle Snow said, “The class was very successful and feedback I have received from my group at the Northeast Arc and from Montserrat students is that they wish the class wasn’t over. It was a great experience to see friendships forming and the way that art brings people together.”

The two organizations have collaborated on art programs with Montserrat students and Northeast Arc program members for the past few years. T

The Artists Together program was funded by a grant from the Alces Foundation of Boston.