News from the DAA

Jan. 10, 2017 News From the DAA

Strategic Direction

As the DAA turns 100 years old at the end of 2017, it has given us a reason to step back and reconnect with the DAA’s history, original mission, and who the DAA wants to be moving forward.  (See Archived article from the Duxbury Clipper)

The DAA will be “returning to its roots”, and moving away from a tuition-based education offering and instead creating a mission-driven organization that makes the arts more accessible to a variety of constituents–an organization that cultivates the arts and supports art related programs and organizations in the Duxbury area.

Example of services include:

  • Expose new people to the arts through free classes, lectures, and workshops
  • Provide space for artists to work independently or together (e.g. open studio)
  • Provide space for art related groups to gather/meet
  • Provide space for artist to run workshops/classes

The DAA plans to maintain its signature events (Mid-Summer Member Show, Winter Juried Show, and Craft Showcase) and continue with the use of the informal Gallery shows and receptions in the Ellison Center for the Arts to allow a broad set of artist of all levels to exhibit their work. The DAA will likely still offer a handful of fee-based workshops or programs based on demand and will depend on its financial ability to hire someone to run the programs and/or build the volunteer support to run them.

A shift like this while exciting, will also take a lot of work and we need your help. One thing we know for sure is that a 100% volunteer run organization will take more volunteers than we have had in the past. We have established a transition committee who will be defining the operating structure and overall program offering for the DAA moving forward. We already have a growing list of volunteer opportunities and if you are interested in learning more about any of them we want to hear from you.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Gallery and Event Support
    • Gallery program and calendar
    • Signature Event organization
    • Artwork registration and pick up
    • Opening reception and party planning
  • Open studio monitoring
  • DAA Office Hours and Administrative help
  • 100th Anniversary Events and Fundraising

Please feel free to send a note to or call 781-934-2731 ext. 12 and let us know how you would like to get involved.


Duxbury Art Association Board of Trustees and Transition Committee

Dec. 16, 2016 News From the DAA

After 14 years of dedication to cultivating the arts in Duxbury and the surrounding communities, our Executive Director, Mary Beth Brown, will be moving on to her next challenge at the end of 2016.

Mary Beth has been a tremendous asset to our organization — working closely with partners and art organizations across the South Shore, developing relationships with the community, our membership, and local artists, and demonstrating the commitment it takes to successfully execute a variety of tasks and events that benefit the DAA and our member community. We will miss her passion for the arts and her commitment to excellence which have contributed enormously to where we are today.

Under Mary Beth’s Executive Directorship, the DAA:

• Exhibited hundreds of Gallery Shows featuring our members’ work

• Offered and managed countless art classes and workshops of all types, benefitting students of all ages and abilities

• Produced many highly successful signature events over the years, including the very popular Craft Showcase, annual Mid Summer Shows and Winter Juried Shows

Mary Beth has also been instrumental in bringing several new and innovative programs and events to the community, including the introduction of Wet Paint Auctions, Skateboard Art Events, Pumpkin Carving Events, Digital Lab offerings, countless children’s programs, and much more.  As our historical organization approaches its 100th Anniversary, we have much to celebrate and be grateful for over the past 14 years. Please join us in thanking MaryBeth for all she has done. She has made a remarkable contribution to the Duxbury Art Association, and we wish her well.


Duxbury Art Association Board of Trustees