GREGORY BURDETT MAXIM/MRN 

Video Mentor

GENARO ORTEGA

Painting Mentor

GEORGE MALLET

Community Network Director

OUR MISSION

Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self- sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Our mission is built on twin philosophies: Engagement in the creative process is a powerful force

for social change, and creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people and their communities.

 

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 places these experiences within the context of youth employment to underscore the value of the arts in the current and future global economy. Our programs include:

 

AFH’s core program employs 250+ urban teens annually during critical out of 

school hours. Youth 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 has 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 also led a special three-week project for Grade 8 students during extended

learning hours. We just completed a similar, three-year residency at the

Oliver H. Perry K-8 School and have discussed possibilities with other Boston public, private and charter schools.

 

 

Inward Bound is a team-building experience for groups of adult clients to work with trained teen artists. Adult participants leave with a finished art piece and a new understanding of urban teens. Significantly, Inward Bound offers a role reversal with teens as teachers.

 

 

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This green building tour/program fuses art and science to increase public awareness of energy, conservation and environmental sustainability by highlighting the EpiCenter’s sustainable features and renewable technologies.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Timothy McKeown Meredyth Moses

Jenifer Mumford

Alan Newsome

Nina Nicolosi

Whitney Palmedo

Maury Peterson

Chris Rifkin

Mark A. Rosen

Robert Sachs

Alex Senchak

Elaine Shannon

William Stanton

Lisa Tung

Bobbie Tunnard

Wat Tyler

Clara Wainwright

David Walt

Deanne Wherry

Bob Wiggins

Swanee Hunt Christopher Jacobs

Jill Kaehler

Rebecca Kellogg

Joseph Kennard

Mel King

Eric Kramer

Misia Landau  

Mark Lank

Neil Leifer

Natalie & Jake Lemle

Lisa S. Lenon

Neil J. Leonard

Harriet Lewis

Helene Lieb

Michael Maina

Stefania Mallett

Klaudia Mally

Shirley Marten

Michele May

James Batchelor

Max Bazerman

Julie Bowden

Barbara Burgess

John Cannistraro

Ellen Carno

Ronni J. Casty

Ross Chanowski

Susan Culman

Amy d’Ablemont Burnes

Kevin Dennis

Margaret Drain

Laura & Bill Eaton

Howard Elkus

Marla Felcher

Julie Fisher

George Foreman, III

Betsy Gibson

Spencer Glendon

Richard Grudzinski

 


 


 

AFH Financial Statements 

FY2015

AFH Form990

FY2014

AFH Donor

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In 25 years, AFH has employed over 3,000 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 program excellence, community arts, effective mentorship and youth empowerment. 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 Awards

           2014 Jason Talbot, Co-Founder, listed Top 40 Under 40 by

                   the Boston Business Journal

           2013 Jason Talbot, Co-Founder, Mentor of the Year Award 

                   from Youth Design           

           2013 Susan Rodgerson, Founder, Executive/Artistic Director, 

                   Charles Ansbacher Award for Culture and Community

           2011 Award for Sustainable Institute of Architects and 

                   Designers Metropolis Magazine

           2010 Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America Foundation

           2010 MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards

           2010 Massachusetts Network of Nonprofits Excellence in

                   Social Entrepreneurship

           2010 SunLife Rising Star

           2007 Silver Medal, Rudy Bruner Award

 

Select Profiles

           2014 Boston Neighborhood Network

           2014 Urban Update

           2013 Open Studios with Jared Bowen, WGBH

           2012 WBZ-TV 

           2012 TEDxMassArt

           2012, 2011, 2010 Chronicle, WCVB

 

Studied By

           Stanford University Business School, Harvard University Business   

           School, Harvard University Law, Boston University and Boston College

 

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)

 

Artists For Humanity's History

Jason Talbot

Artists For Humanity

Co-Founder/Special Projects Director

 

Caroline Taggart

Independent Fine Art Professional 

Gwen Robinson

Santander Bank NA

Community Development

Managing Director

Roopa Parekh

Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Market Vice President New England

Carlo Lewis

Arrowstreet

Project Architect

Patrick Planeta

Planeta Design Group

Principal

Yaro Pan

Wellington Management

Managing Director

Adele Fleet Bacow

Community Partners Consultants

President

David Walek, Board Chair

Ropes & Gray LLP

Retired Partner

 

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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Development Director/ Institutional Giving 

 

PATRICE MAYE

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Director of Program Operations

 

 

LORRAINE JOHNSON

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Operations Director

 

 

ANDREW MOTTA

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Director of Finance & Administration

NATALIE SHAW

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Design Director

 

CLAUDIA DE PIANTE

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Creative Project Director

 

HAIDAN HODGSON 

RICH FRANK

Marketing Director

ALEXIS ORELLANA

Events Director

BRENDA LEONG

Exhibition  Manager

GEORGE MALLET

Community Network Director

TOM DONOVAN

Screen Printing Manager

LAUREN PELLERANO GOMEZ

Communications Strategist/ Mentor

 

JEFFREE MARSEILLE

Painting Mentor/Recruitment Coordinator/Artist

MASSIEL GRULLON

Artist/Painting Mentor

GENARO ORTEGA

Artist/Painting Mentor

PHOEBE WARNER

Artist/Painting Mentor

GARY CHEN

Artist/Painting Mentor

BILLY NUNEZ

Painting Mentor/Recruitment Coordinator/Artist

DAVID "NICK" JOHNSON

Artist/Assistant Painting Mentor 

 

NATE SWAIN

Artist, Wood Shop/Facilities

JONATHAN VERGARA

Graphic Designer/Mentor

KELSEY ARBONA

Graphic Designer/Mentor

JOE RAMIREZ

IT/Print Production Specialist

MARY NGUYEN

Photography Studio Manager/Mentor

KIARA MAHER

Assistant Photography Mentor

GREG BURDETT

Director of Video and Motion

 

 

Director of Video and Motion

 

 

TREVOR WARD

Assistant Media Arts Mentor

DANIEL VILLANUEVA

Media Arts Mentor

HANNAH FALLON

3D Designer/Mentor

RYO MATSUKI

3D Engineering & Design Mentor

DOMINIQUE BUTORI

3D Designer/Mentor

LESLEY KANTLEHNER

Education Director

GWEN WALKER

Education Coordinator AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow

DONNELL BAEZ

Screen Printing Senior Production Assistant

JOSE HERNANDEZ

Lead Screen Printer/Assistant Mentor

KERSHNER WILLIAMS

Production Assistant, Screen Printing

Supien Almeida

Screen Printer/Production Assistant

RACHEL RIZZO

Eliot Resident Artist

COURTNEY FORD

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Development Associate

 

 

 

Development Associate

 

 

CHRISTINE THÈBERGE RAFAL

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Grants Coordinator

EIR LINDSTORM-HOLMY

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Grant Writer 

Development Associate

 

 

 

 

LANAE HICKS

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Accountant

IVY SMITH

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Office Asssistant

SHANNON RYAN

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Events Associate

 

 

 

Development Associate

 

 

 

 

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