Artists For Humanity (AFH) provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.
AFH is built on the philosophy that engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people.
Bridging economic, racial and social divisions. AFH enriches urban communities by introducing young people's creativity to the business community.
AFH began with an imperative—to address the lack of arts and entrepreneurial experiences for Boston teens—and with an ambitious, unconventional idea – young people can provide, through their innate talent and vision, contemporary creative services to the business community. Training and employing teens offers them a key solution to economic disenfranchisement and has a resounding effect on their lives, their families, and their communities. AFH employs 325+ Boston teens annually in paid apprenticeship in the visual arts and creative industries.
Since 2004, when we constructed Boston’s first Platinum LEED-certified facility, the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, AFH has continued to bring leadership and vision to our work in the community. We have grown exponentially as a youth and cultural community resource and a successful enterprise, serving our youth apprentices and the greater community as a learning laboratory in creative industries. This has inspired us to formalize interdisciplinary arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning – or STEAM! – in our studios. AFH continues to pioneer opportunities for youth to utilize creativity, industry and innovation toward an overarching goal of preparing them for emerging workforce and educational pathways.
AFH is one of the largest on-site employers of Boston young people, with hundreds of under-resourced teens employed as artists and designers each year during critical out-of-school hours. Having a job at AFH enhances a teen’s future earning potential, employability and inspires advanced education and training.
AFH counteracts the risks facing young people – one teen at a time – by giving them a job, enrichment that comes from the arts and cultural experiences, a safe place to go after school, a culture of respect, responsibility, and engaged mentorship and an opportunity to learn and conduct business in the innovation economy.
AFH offers academic support, including after-work tutoring and comprehensive college readiness.
These combined experiences cultivate social change by equipping young people with the skills needed for careers in 21st century creative and technology driven industries, opening doors to successful, self-sufficient futures.
Teen artists give voice to their experience working and learning at Artists For Humanity.
Education Initiative and Support at AFH
AFH reinforces teens' work and experiential learning with robust academic support to assist teens with graduating high school, entering college, earning a degree, or successfully defining pathways to success. Our support includes:
As needed, AFH provides teens with individualized, one-on-one tutoring to help them develop basic and advanced comprehension in core subjects, succeed in tests, and improve grades.
AFH helps youth develop individualized plans for post-secondary education, tour colleges, complete applications, and secure financing and scholarships.
AFH links program alumni enrolled in post-secondary education with financial and human resources, and provides them with ongoing employment opportunities and leadership training.
AFH introduces teens to industry professionals in the context of their employment, potential internships and alternative pathways to success.
Accounting & Finance Manager
Mentor/Photographer & Darkroom Manager
Mentor/Artist, Teen Recruitment Coordinator
Director of Creative Technology
Director of Donor and Corporate Engagement
Co-Founder/Painting Studio Director
Alumna Artist in Residence
Creative Project Director
Director of Program Operations
Education Director/Afterwork Academic Support and College Readiness
Director of Video Production
Sales and Community Outreach Associate
Director of Curatorial Affairs
Director of Institutional Giving
Mentor/3D Designer & Engineer
Grant Writer/Director of School and Workforce Partnership
Assistant Mentor/Graphic Designer
Director of Photography
Alumna Artist in Residence
Social Media Coordinator
IT/Print Production Specialist
Curation and Exhibitions Coordinator
Founder, Executive/Artistic Director
Artist, Wood Shop/Facilities
Jonathan Tejeda (Pineapple)
College Advisor, Americorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow
Mentor/Animator & Motion Designer
Wellington Management, Managing Director
Arts Strategy Consulting, Founder/Principal
Real Estate Project Executive
Claudia de Piante Vicin
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Creative Director, Development Communications
Knowhere Art Gallery,
Global Head of Knowledge
President, Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Service
Shelia Galligan Design
Eaton Vance, CFA
Director of Leveraged Loan Trading & Portfolio Manager
Huntington Theater Company, Director of Human Resources
Executive Vice President & Treasurer
Independent Real Estate Developer, Restauranteur
Adele Fleet Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
John Cannistraro, Jr.
Amy d'Ablemont Burnes
Lisa S. Lenon
Abigail Ogilvy Ryan
Lisa Van Oossanen