Senator Cynthia Stone Creem
2019 Berliner Award Recipient, greeting BAC students at the State House

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art?
I grew up in a family of lawyers and my sister and I both became lawyers.  However, my parents  made sure I was exposed to art in many forms.  This carried over to my college years, where, despite being a business major, I took three art courses.  And as someone who enjoys travel, I’ve always felt that seeking out art is a wonderful way to experience and enhance our understanding of different cultures.  I’ve enjoyed sharing these experiences with my children and grandchildren and take every opportunity to visit local art museums and exhibits with them.

What do you enjoy most about the BAC?
I love that the BAC is so inclusive and provides art opportunities to so many individuals in the community.  I consider myself fortunate to be able to collaborate with the BAC and host local art displays by Brookline students who participate in the Art and Autism program.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop skills and express themselves and I’m delighted to be able to share their work at the State House.

What was your favorite childhood art project?
As a child, I always enjoyed creative play.  I spent a lot of time making paper flowers and creating new ‘couture’ looks for paper dolls.  I also enjoyed painting, although mine was more of the paint-by-number variety.

Who are some of your art heroes?
My daughter Stacey is my art hero.  She has now left a successful law career to enroll in the NY Academy of Arts, to pursue life as an artist.  She is now a painter and I’m proud to have portraits that she’s done hanging in my house.  I also love Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.  Their ability to innovate and develop new techniques in spite of criticism has always been an inspiration to me and something I’ve drawn from in my own work.

We are thrilled to honor Senator Creem with the Berliner Award this month at ART Off The Wall in recognition of her deep commitment to our mission and support of the Art and Autism program. The Berliner Award, named after BAC founders Mim and Barney Berliner, serves to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to art and our community and their embodiment of our founders’ vision.