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The mission of the Hyde Park Art Association is to support local artists, make cultural opportunities accessible to families, students, and seniors who may not otherwise have the means to participate; enrich community life, serve as a unifying force in the neighborhod; and help create a more vibrant commercial district.
Hyde Park Art Association operates the Menino Arts Center which is the center of our organization. We have artists studios, three galleries, a performance auditorium, classroom, arts library and our business offices. Hyde Park’s minority population is over fifty percent and its youth population (under 20) is twenty eight percent. Hyde Park has the second highest number of seniors living at home in the city at an overall population of thirteen percent. While Hyde Park is home to many different income levels, 10.3 percent of its residents are living at or below poverty level. We offer 10 free members and friends monthly that feature arts education opportunities: artist demonstrations, workshops, seminars, crtiiques. We provide a free weekly studio opportunity that is open to the general public and attended by a large number of seniors. We have a policy to allow two scholarships for every class providing an opportunity to those in financial need to attend art classes at little or no cost. Last year we scholarshipped 30 seats at no cost to the student. We loan our auditorium to nonprofits, other organizations, schools, and artists in other fields like musicians, authors, poets etc. We have a close relationship with minority groups for which we were cited with an award from the city of Boston. We provide free docent services during business hours for individuals and groups at our galleries.
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