GREGORY BURDETT MAXIM/MRN 

Video Mentor

GENARO ORTEGA

Painting Mentor

GEORGE MALLET

Community Network Director

OUR MISSION

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.​

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 325+ 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 fuses art-making, entrepreneurial and business training, experiential arts and STEM learning and audience engagement to create empowering and transformational experiences for Boston teens. The Youth Arts Enterprise places these experiences within the context of teen employment to underscore the value of the art and design in the current and future global economy.​

Chris Rifkin

Lucy Rosenburgh

Abigail Ogilvy Ryan

Robert Sachs

William Stanton

Caroline Taggart

Lisa Tung

Lisa Van Oossanen

Bradley Vernatter

Clara Wainwright

David Walek

Scott Walker

John Weil

Deanne Wherry

Bob Wiggins

 

Richard Grudzinski

Deborah Hawkins

Jeremy Kay

Mel King

Eric Kramer

Misia Landau

Mark Lank

Jake Lemle

Lisa S. Lenon

Helene Lieb

Michele May

Meghan McNamara

Aaron Myers

Robert Pittinger

 

Adele Fleet Bacow

Lawrence S. Bacow

Julie Bowden

John Cannistraro, Jr.

Alexander Caron

Susan Culman

Amy d'Ablemont Burnes

Mary Davis

Linda Durant

Rosalyn Elder

Amy Fitzgibbons

Mathieu Gaulin

Spencer Glendon

Amanda Goodwin 

For over 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)

           Bromley by Bow (London, England)

           Art Telling (Haifa, Israel)

           Mint Artists Guild (Detroit, MI)

           Los Altos United Methodist Church (Los Altos, CA)

           Une coopérative d’éducation à l’entrepreneuriat collectif aux Mureaux
           (Mureaux, France)

 

Artists For Humanity's History

Yaro Pan, Board Chair

Wellington Management

Managing Director

Nina Nicolosi

Huntington Theater Company

Director of Human Resources 

David Nagahiro

CBT Architects

Principal

Valerie Francis,

Knowhere Art Gallery, Global Head of Knowledge

 

Natalie Lemle, Board Vice-Chair

Arts Strategy Consulting

Founder/Principal 

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Accounting & Finance Manager​

MOSES AJOU

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Design Director​

KELSEY ARBONA

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Darkroom Studio Manager/Mentor​

JOHN BREWER

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3D Designer/Mentor​

DOMINIQUE BUTORI

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Recruitment Coordinator/Illustration Mentor​

GARY CHEN

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Graphic Designer/Mentor

ELAINE CHUNG

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Director of Creative Technology​

STEPHEN CRONIN

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Artist/Painting Mentor​

JEFF ELLSE

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3D Designer/Mentor​

HANNAH FALLON

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Director of Donor and Corporate Engagement​​

COURTNEY FORD

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Marketing Director​

RICHARD FRANK

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 Co-Founder/Director of the Paint Studio and Programming

ROB GIBBS

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Graphic Designer/Artist Mentor​

MASSIEL GRULLON

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Creative Project Director​

HAIDAN HODGSON

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Director of Program Operations

LORRAINE JOHNSON

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Education Director/Afterwork Academic Support and College Readiness 

 

LESLEY KANTLEHNER

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Filmmaker/Video & Event Production Mentor​ 

 

MUSHEN KIETA

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Curator/Exhibitions Manager​

BRENDA LEONG

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Director of Institutional Giving​

EIR LINDSTORM-HOLMY

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Assistant Photography Mentor​

JANNA MACH

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3D Engineering and Design Mentor

RYO MATSUKI

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Grant Writer/School and Workforce Partnerships Director​​

LIZZY MAYER

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Finance & Operations Director​

ANDREW MOTTA

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Assistant Mentor/Graphic Designer

JORDAN NELSON

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3D Designer/Mentor

DYLLAN NGUYEN

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Photography Studio Manger/Mentor

MARY NGUYEN

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Tutoring Coordinator, Americorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow​

ANSLEY PERRYMAN

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Social Media Coordinator​

FRED PLOWRIGHT

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Artist/Painting Mentor​

JAMEEL RADCLIFFE

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IT/Print Production Specialist​

JOE RAMIREZ

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Founding Executive/Artistic Director​

SUSAN RODGERSON

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Artist, Wood Shop/Facilities​

NATE SWAIN

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Co-Founder/Special Projects Director 

 

JASON TALBOT

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Assistant Mentor/Graphic Designer​

JONATHAN TEJEDA (PINEAPPLE)

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College Advisor, Americorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow​

MADELINE TOLSDORF

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Animator/Motion Designer/Mentor​​

TREVOR WARD

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Artist/Painting Mentor​

PHOEBE WARNER


 

AFH Financial Statements 

FY2017

AFH Donor

Privacy Policy

Marcella Barrière

Google,
Real Estate Project Executive

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

Sheila Galligan Design

Howard Galligan

Fidelity Investments

President, Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Service

YOUTH ARTS ENTERPRISE

AFH employs on average 325+ teens annually during critical out of school hours, with plans to double teen employment to 500+ annually by 2021. 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.​

Kate Agarwal
Marketing and Business Strategy Consultant

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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 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.​