GREGORY BURDETT MAXIM/MRN 

Video Mentor

GENARO ORTEGA

Painting Mentor

GEORGE MALLET

Community Network Director

OUR MISSION

Artists For Humanity (AFH)’s mission is to provide under-resourced urban youth with 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 diverse businesses.​

AFH began with an imperative – to address the lack of arts experiences within the Boston Public School system – 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 urban teens offers them a key solution to economic disenfranchisement and has a resounding effect on their lives, their families, and their communities. AFH employs 250+ Boston teens annually in paid apprenticeship in the visual arts and creative industries; and we immerse an additional 500+ children and youth in arts exploration experiences through Visual Arts Residencies and other partnerships at Boston public schools.

 

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, a successful enterprise, and a center for economic and environmental sustainability. The EpiCenter serves our youth apprentices and the greater community as a learning laboratory in creative industries, environmental sciences and renewable technologies. It 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 trends in workforce and educational pathways.

 

Jobs with wages

Opportunities to create fine art and design solutions

Intensive mentorship

An introduction to exciting career possibilities

 

 

Experiential arts and STEM learning

 

 

A fun, productive place to spend after school

 

 

AFH programs fuse art-making, entrepreneurial and business training, experiential arts and STEM learning and audience engagement to create empowering and transformational experiences for Boston youth. Our central program—The Youth Arts Enterprise—places these experiences within the context of youth employment to underscore the value of the art and design in the current and future global economy. Our programs include:​

AFH’s core program employs on average 250+ teens annually during critical out of school hours, with plans to double teen employment to 500+ annually by 2021, with benchmarks of 325+ in 2019 and 400+ in 2020. Teens work with professional artists and designers on innovative projects that promote active learning and advanced skills development in creative products, industrial design, digital media and STEM concepts. They interact directly with clients on corporate commissions, and gain business, communication, client negotiation and workforce readiness skills.​

AFH is in the fourth year of a Visual Arts Residency at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. An AFH alumnus/painting mentor leads weekly art projects for students and engages them in creating public artworks to be installed in the school. We completed a similar three-year residency at the Oliver H. Perry K-8 School, and we have discussed possibilities with other Boston public, private and charter schools to participate in our expanded Maker Studios.​

AFH’s EpiCenter is host to one of the largest collection of youth-created works

in the country, and we organize 50+  public exhibitions annually at public       and corporate sites such as Logan International Airport, State Street,

Bank of America, Federal Reserve

Bank of Boston and Nellie Mae

Education Foundation.

 

 

Nicole Rice

Chris Rifkin

Robert Sachs

Tim Simard

William Stanton

Caroline Taggart

Lisa Tung

Clara Wainwright

David Walek

John Weil

Bob Wiggins

Eric Kramer

Misia Landau

Mark Lank

Jake Lemle

Lisa S. Lenon

Helene Lieb

Klaudia Mally

Michele May

Whitney Palmedo

Maury Peterson

Robert Pittinger

Patrick Planeta

Alexander Powell

 

Adele Fleet Bacow

Lawrence S. Bacow

Julie Bowden

Barbara Burgess

Susan Culman

Amy d'Ablemont Burnes

Kevin Dennis

Spencer Glendon

Richard Grudzinski

Fiona Lovell Horning

Bonny Katzman

Rebecca Kellogg

Mel King

 

In 28 years, AFH has employed over 5,000 young people and engaged an additional 12,000 youth in art and enterprise activities. We have also received many awards, gained national recognition and been studied extensively as an exemplar of youth empowerment, community arts, and effective mentorship. Our model has been disseminated internationally to organizations that utilize our framework of respect, relationships, and responsibility to empower young people in their communities.

 

SELECT ORGANIZATIONS implementing the AFH model

          

           RiverzEdge Arts Project (Woonsocket, RI)

           MyArts (Kansas City, KS)

           The Art Connection (North Little Rock, AR)

           Young Creative Agency (New Orleans, LA)

           The TEMPO program at Wayside Youth Services (Framingham, MA)

           Bromley by Bow (London, England)

           Art Telling (Haifa, Israel)

           Mint Artists Guild (Detroit, MI)

 

Artists For Humanity's History

Jason Talbot

Co-Founder/ Special Projects Director, Artists For Humanity

Yaro Pan

Wellington Management

Managing Director

Nina Nicolosi

Huntington Theater Company

Director of Human Resources 

Abigail Ogilvy

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

Owner/Director

David Nagahiro

CBT Architects

Principal

Senam Kumahia

Carpenter & Company, Inc

Natalie Lemle, Board Chair

Arts Strategy Consulting

Founder/Principal 

LEADERSHIP

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Founder, Executive/Artistic Director

 

SUSAN RODGERSON

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Co-Founder/Director of the Paint Studio and Programming

ROB GIBBS

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Co-Founder/Special Projects Director 

 

JASON TALBOT

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Operations Director

 

 

ANDREW MOTTA

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Director of Program Operations

 

 

LORRAINE JOHNSON

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Accounting & Finance Manager

MOSES AJOU

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Creative Project Director

 

HAIDAN HODGSON 

SHANE HASSEY

Events Director

KRISTINA KUUSIK

Events Coordinator

RICH FRANK

Marketing Director

BRENDA LEONG

Exhibitions Manager

GEORGE MALLETT

Community Network Director

LAUREN PELLERANO GOMEZ

Communications Director

 

JAMEEL RADCLIFFE

Artist/Painting Mentor

MASSIEL GRULLON

Artist/Painting Mentor

PHOEBE WARNER

Artist/Painting Mentor

GARY CHEN

Artist/Painting Mentor/Studio Manager/Recruitment Coordinator Teen
Employment​

JEFF ELLSE

Artist/Painting Mentor

NATE SWAIN

Artist, Wood Shop/Facilities

KELSEY ARBONA

Sr. Graphic Designer/Studio Manager/ Mentor

ELAINE CHUNG

Graphic Designer/Mentor

RICK PINCHERA

Graphic Designer/Mentor​

APRIL CHEN

Graphic Designer/Mentor​

JONATHAN TEJEDA (PINEAPPLE)

Assistant Mentor/Graphic Designer

JORDAN NELSON

Assistant Mentor/Graphic Designer

JOE RAMIREZ

IT/Print Production Specialist

MARY NGUYEN

Photography Studio Manager/Mentor

JANNA MACH

Assistant Photography Mentor

JOHN BREWER

Darkroom Studio Manager/Mentor

TREVOR WARD

Animator/Motion Designer/Mentor​

MUSHEN KIETA 

Filmmaker/Video & Event Production Mentor​

HANNAH FALLON

3D Designer/Mentor

DOMINIQUE BUTORI

3D Designer/Mentor

DYLLAN NGUYEN

3D Designer/Mentor​

RYO MATSUKI

3D Engineering and Design Mentor

FREDERICK PLOWRIGHT

3D Designer/Assistant Mentor

LESLEY KANTLEHNER

Education Director/Afterwork Academic Support and College Readiness

SARAH ZEIBERG

Education Coordinator Massachusetts Promise Fellow​

RACHEL RIZZO

Eliot Resident Artist

GWEN WALKER

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Co-Director of Institutional Giving

COURTNEY FORD

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Manager of Development Operations

EIR LINDSTORM-HOLMY

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Co-Director of Institutional Giving

DARREN HICKS

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Staff Accountant

LIZ ROSNER

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Gallery Director

OUTREACH

ARTISTS + MENTORS

ADMINISTRATION + FUNDRAISING


 

AFH Financial Statements 

FY2017

AFH Donor

Privacy Policy

John Cannistraro

Cannistraro

President 

Rob Weintraub

Independent Real Estate Developer,

Restauranteur

John Slyconish

State Street

Executive Vice President & Treasurer

Claudia de Piante Vicin

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Creative Director, Development Communications

Sheila Galligan

Shelia Galligan Design

Howard Galligan

Fidelity Investments

President, Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Service