We Art Boston: A Family Finds An Artful Way to Help Children in Need

H+A clients Joe and Susan McKendry have always looked for ways to help others around them. But when 8 year-old Martin Richard was killed earlier this year at the finish line of the 100th Boston Marathon, Joe and Susan thought immediately of their two small children and what it would mean to have them tragically taken away. Taking that moment helped them understand the struggles of young families all around them. And so, looking to help these families and other young victims of trauma, including those who were impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings, Joe and Susan mounted a fundraiser to benefit children in Boston.

In their own words:

“The trauma of the bombing impacted the lives of so many children in ways that went beyond physical injuries, and we recognized the need to acknowledge this, too. It was important for us to find a way to contribute to the healing of the entire community… We were anxious to find a way to help. As an artist, Joe had initially planned on auctioning off a few of his paintings and sending the proceeds to aid the victims. But he quickly decided to try contacting some of his author/illustrator friends to gauge their interest in contributing to a larger auction of children’s book artwork, and the response was overwhelming positive.

From October 10 – 24, we’ll be holding an online auction of the work to benefit the Emergency & Trauma Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Please visit our site at The work will also be on display on the Rose Kennedy Greenway directly across from the Aquarium on October 20th from 11 am to 3 pm (rain date 10/27). We have a day of family fun, with live music, author readings, book signings, and art activities led by the authors and illustrators of We Art Boston.”

Please join us in spreading the word and in helping children at Boston Children’s Hospital and across the city. Starting October 10th, visit We Art Boston to bid on more than 50 original pieces of artwork from renown children’s artists.  And join the the McKendrys and families from across the city on the Greenway, October 20th from 11am to 3pm!