Glenn Szegedy teaching a class at The Brush
The Brush has a long-standing program called Special Perspectives which brings art instruction to challenged groups. We have administered this art program to Recreational Adult Resource Association (RARA), Towards Independent Living and Learning (TILL), YouthBuild Lowell (a division of Community Teamwork, Inc.), and Megan’s House.
The Brush slogan, “Making Art Make a Difference,” refers to a portion of the mission statement “to use art to address social and environmental issues.”
Four by Four for Education
We believe that art is more than decor; it should make a difference to our citizens and our community. It is for this reason we have started an Art Scholarship Program. Each year, The Brush offers a scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 to a deserving University of Massachusetts Lowell student majoring in the visual arts.
The Brush is also known for its many Educational Exhibits, where anyone can have fun learning from art that is utilized for an educational experience. These include the Art of Nature series, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Building Community through Culture series, and more.
The Brush as an Incubator
We have been an incubator for several programs which were eventually adopted by others. The Elder Art Initiative, which is run by Pamela Wamala, was originally a Brush program. Visual Voices, a biennial city wide exhibit for school kids was originally conceived by Lolita Demers and was a Brush program. It’s now run by the Lowell Public School system.