August 2017

afh in the community




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An important part of our work at Artists For Humanity is not only building our own community within our walls, but also contributing to the Greater Boston community. We were pleased to have AFH representatives at Harvard GSD’s “Project Link,” honored to receive an award from MassVOTE, and look forward to participating in the Mini Maker Faire at Boston Children’s Museum.


Hear from painting participant Armani and Graphic Design participant Miguel on their experience of “Project Link.”


AFH Painting Participant Armani Thomas and Graphic Design participant Miguel Sheppard recently completed “Project Link” at Harvard Graduate School of Design, a 4-week intensive high school summer program for emerging designers. Here, Armani (age 16) and Miguel (15) reflect on what they learned at Harvard this summer.

Armani Thomas


I hope to gain more knowledge on design as a career. It was great because while we amateur architects were designing, we were also being evaluated and critiqued by grad students studying architecture. We learned through experience and through the insight being given by grad students.


At AFH, I've learned the importance of being punctual and why it’s important. I've also learned that my work exceeds my needs and what I do in the studio benefits a community.


I have a hard time separating work and play. Although this is a job for teens it's extremely important to keep a balance between professionalism and being a high school student.


I'm a jack of all trades but a master of none so I'm open to any and everything that sparks my interest. I'm interested in architectural/industrial design, which is why Project Link was so important to me. Plus, I like imagine designing and living in your own house.


I definitely want to go to college and I've been looking at schools that will suit my career choice. MIT is definitely high on my list in terms of design. MassArt is also of interest because of it's accessibility and the pathway it offers to becoming a licensed architect. BAC, RISD and Wentworth are also on my radar.


AFH is important because it combines two things that are often looked down upon: urban youth and careers in the arts. AFH combines both of these in a way that demolish the stereotypes behind both while also giving a knew reputation to them. A reputation that shines the light on teens in a major city while giving back to the community through making art.


AFH wins a Civie! This month, we were honored
|with MassVOTE’s Civies Arts Award.


MassVOTE works to promote a culture of active political participation by providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. Each year, MassVOTE hosts the “Civies,” an event recognizing young civic leaders.


This year, we were honored to receive MassVOTE’s Arts Award for civic engagement through art and design. To learn more about MassVOTE and the work they do, click here.



Join us for the 27th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 23rd! The Ride is the #1 single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk kids, raising $122+ million since 1991. This year will be AFH's 7th year participating. Thank you Rodman Ride for Kids for your generous support and partnership!

Support afh at the rodman ride

Join AFH on September 17 at Boston Children’s Museum's Mini Maker Faire.​ At this unique event, Artists For Humanity will join engineers, scientists, and tinkerers as we reveal our latest projects!​


Tickets available here!


Miguel Sheppard​

I learned about Project Link through AFH when Jeffrey Klug, head of the program, visited in hopes of recruiting participants for the program. As a nerd, I’ve always loved engineering. Architecture is no exception. I am interested in the close relationship between design and engineering. Every great invention is designed to fit the vision of its creator. I joined Project Link because I wanted to learn how meticulous the process of architecture is, and how you need to approach it.

I learned about Project Link 2017 through Lesley, our Education Director who introduced me to Jeff Klug, who seemed to be directing the whole scene.


Project Link was interesting because it was my first time being exposed to industrial and architectural design processes. I was excited about the cooperation aspect and learning how to build and design with others.

The Graphics studio taught me that in order for you and your client to be satisfied with the result, you need to cooperate with your fellow peers and the client. Teamwork is key to getting the job done, which was also the case at Harvard. I believe the hardest part is coming up with an actual design to best suit the client's vision.

My favorite subject in school is most definitely engineering. Kids in college are already building groundbreaking technologies to help further developments in biomedical and mechanical fields and I can’t wait to see what will be invented next. Outside of AFH, I focus on school, reading books, comics and build computers from time to time. I dream of being a great comic book artist or having a name for myself in the world of design.​

Artist For Humanity offers opportunities to kids that wouldn't necessarily find them in their own schools and neighborhoods. It allows teens to express themselves and embrace art. AFH helps teens craft identities and for these reasons and many more, AFH is important. Not only to the teenagers that have the privilege to work here, but also the community that they are a part of.

 Photo credit: Bryan Ortega-Welch​

 Photo credit: Bryan Ortega-Welch​

 Photo credit: Bryan Ortega-Welch​

 Photo credit: Bryan Ortega-Welch​

You can be part of the fun by grabbing a bike and joining us! For more info, please contact Emily Smaldon at [email protected] or click here.




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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.​

Funded in part by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individuals.. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.​

Artists For Humanity is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.​