AFH’s model can and has been successfully adapted to meet youth challenges

in other communities, both urban and rural. We have been delighted to see

AFH-based programs thrive in several disparate communities, including Woonsocket, RI (RiverzEdge Arts Project); Kansas City, MO (MyArts); North

Little Rock, AR (The Art Connection); New Orleans, LA (Youth Creative Agency), Framingham, MA (The TEMPO program at Wayside Youth Services), London, England (Bromley by Bow), Haifa, Israel (Art Telling), and Detroit Michigan (Mint Artists Guild).


We constantly field inquiries from new communities eager to learn our approach and implement it for their youth population. We recognize the need to scale our arts enterprise model with an expanded facility in Boston so we can incubate new program innovations and respond to requests for adapting our model.









 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS! Mathematics):

when art meets STEM. AFH mentors make explicit the STEM concepts embedded in AFH projects and practices to better connect youth with their school learning and expose them to

STEAM careers.









As needed, AFH provides teens with 1:1 tutoring to help them develop comprehension in core subjects, succeed in tests, and improve grades. Tutoring is available to all AFH youth employees. Teens with grades of D or below in core subjects or language on their quarter report card are required to attend as a condition of their employment.










 AFH supports program alumni enrolled in post-secondary education with financial and human resources. We offer summertime Assistant Mentor positions at AFH and connect alumni with other employment opportunities through our alumni Facebook page.

In my view this is more than just art,

it’s an opportunity:

one that allows our young people to

find and peruse their passion whether 

it’s in the arts or another field.


Patrice Jean Louis Louvet

Former Group Presi­dent, P&G

Wanna see magic? Visit Artists For Humanity - where young folks create

cool stuff and young women write their future.


       Martha Coakley

Former MA Attorney General


Counsel in Foley Hoag's Litigation Department

Teen artists give voice to their experience working and learning at

Artists For Humanity.

Our most recent alumni survey found 89%  of past participants either actively 

enrolled in school or in productive careers

100% of AFH’s high school seniors

graduate on time



100% of AFH's high school seniors have been accepted to post-secondary education or advanced vocational training 

Seeing all the kids

so engaged in such meaningful and

impressive activity 

was uplifting in a

way I never 



          Steve Koppel

Founder, MyMoments

In fact, AFH is one of the largest on-site employers of youth in the City of Boston, with hundreds of under-resourced teens employed as artists and designers each year during critical out-of-school hours. According to the Center for Labor Market Studies (2008), having a job enhances a teen’s future employability, earning potential, and even the likelihood of their graduating from high school.


However, high fractions of low income and minority teens are jobless and this demographic is largely represented in AFH’s youth workforce. On average 90% of our youth employees come from low- and very-low income families. In October 2018, AFH opened a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion to our facility that will allow us to unite 500+ teens with jobs in the creative industries by 2021.


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 with their peers after school; a culture of respect, responsibility, and engaged mentorship; an opportunity to learn and conduct business in the innovation economy; and the studio habits of mind which transfer into essential life skills. AFH reinforces the teens’ work and experiential learning with robust academic support systems – including a fully integrated arts and STEM curricula; after-work academic tutoring; comprehensive college readiness programming, and college retention supports – all designed to assist young people with obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent and embarking on post-secondary education or their next productive pathway.

"Artists For Humanity gave me a voice when no one else would give me a thought."

-Damon Butler, Co-Founder and Artist/Entrepreneur

AFH helps teens develop individualized plans for post-secondary education, and provides assistance with college tours and applications. AFH works with teens to secure scholarships and financial aid packages through a variety of opportunities and institutional partnerships. The class of 2018 received $830,000 in scholarships and with assistance from AFH’s education staff. The average senior had 83% of their entire cost of college covered by scholarships.​



Understanding that educational opportunities offer pathways to economic attainment, AFH offers significant academic advancement and college access programming (Monday and Friday 3-6PM and Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8PM) including:​




Artists For Humanity | 100 W 2nd St Boston MA, 02127 T.617.268.7620    F.617.268.7358



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.​