At Artists For Humanity (AFH), teen artists and designers collaborate on innovative projects commissioned by clients—like designing John Hancock’s signature 60’x60’ building wrap—for the Boston Marathon; or designing, fabricating and installing a 12' free-standing sculpture of the Olympic torch with integrated LED lighting for Liberty Mutual Insurance; or creating 45-second animated public service announcements to help a multi-lingual immigrant community understand their legal rights for Rosie’s Place; or designing and painting a 10’x45’ mural for a bike storage unit at the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center for the Massachusetts Port Authority.


AFH teens sit at the table with the CEOs of companies where their work is appreciated; their opinions are valued; they are treated as peers; and they are looked to as experts. 

The EpiCenter – named Boston magazine’s Best of Boston® 2018 – Best Industrial Venue – offers a dynamic and creative space for all types of events.

The award-winning AFH EpiCenter was the first in Boston to achieve LEED Platinum certification, or the highest designation for energy sustainable buildings. On your event day, the EpiCenter event space becomes “yours for the day.”


We offer an environmentally friendly and uniquely innovative space for special events. From meetings for 40 to cocktail receptions for 800, the EpiCenter is a blank canvas that can be transformed to realize your vision. Common events become extraordinary events when produced in an uncommon setting.


Make your next event memorable and impactful by hosting your event at the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter! Click here for more information.


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.​


Throughout our history, AFH has taken a series of major deliberate steps to more effectively achieve our mission with an eye toward longer-term sustainability. Each year, AFH’s Youth Arts Enterprise employs hundreds of Boston teens in the visual arts and creative industries, bringing diverse young people from communities across the city together as a community of artists. Training and employing urban teens offers them a key solution to economic disenfranchisement, and has a powerful positive impact on their lives, their families, and their communities.


With our newly expanded EpiCenter officially opened in October 2018, the next few years will be a transformative time for AFH. With a larger and better-equipped space—a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion—AFH will double youth employment to 500+ by 2021, with benchmarks of 325+ in 2019 and 400+ in 2020. The result of the expansion: increased studio, gallery, and event space, with a special focus on providing integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning experiences to 500+ talented youth every year, enhancing AFH’s Maker Studios, launching an international visiting artists program and

community classes.


Expanding the EpiCenter allows AFH to maintain our position at the vanguard of the design/technology revolution driving the innovation economy and address the evolving needs of hundreds more low-income teens each year, bringing new generations of diverse talent into the workforce by offering them employment,

and the opportunity to gain relevant, valuable skills demanded by creative technology-driven industries. Our new facility is giving AFH the resources to equip new generations of Boston youth to compete in the changing global economy and embark upon avenues to economic security, educational attainment, and upward mobility.





A community accessible Maker Studio for the Innovation District



Annual job creation for 500+ teens
by 2021

  •  Hire more artists, designers and social entrepreneurs to lead programming.


  • Expand studios to increase production, access to technology and earned studio revenues.


  • Engage innovation community through maker studios, new gallery, store, cafe and expanded event space.


  • Develop technology/vocational training program opportunities for youth.


  • Lease space to and partner with educational institutions and offer

      college credits.


  • Strengthen our organizational sustainability.


This expansion enables us to:


JOIN US for a year of celebrations from May 14, 2021-May 14, 2022 for Artists For Humanity's 30th anniversary!


Check out the custom designed, exclusive collection created by the AFH Graphic Design studio and our friends at NOBULL.

AFH's Community Arts Initiative: a fund to visually enhance and activate spaces in our communities​.

Join us on September 12th from 4-9:30pm at A St. Park for Fort Point Rock the Block - celebrating 30 years of AFH.​

Our partner Cramer, generously collaborated with our video team to create & tell the story of AFH through videography and testimonials.​





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.​