Boston Cultural Council offered $5000 Grant to honor “Artists for Humanity” for the fiscal year 2013

       Stepping into the painting studio at Artists for Humanity, the air becomes electric… the soul becomes peaceful…


       At its core, Artists for Humanity offers a chance for students to learn how to be what every artist dreams of: successful and sustainable. Youth are partnered with adult mentors to create and sell fine art, digital graphic services, and industrial design. Artists for Humanity has spent the last two decades to fulfill its mission: “bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts”. And it’s working. AFH employs over 300 youth annually with 90% of those participants earn their high school diploma on time and 100% plan on attending college. This year, the Boston Cultural Council was proud to give Artists for Humanity a $5000 Grant for the fiscal year 2013 to support its programs.

About Artists for Humanity…     

Image       AFH was founded in 1991 by artist, teacher, and entrepreneur Susan Rodgerson to fill a gap that was missing in art education. What began as a small group of teens learning in Rodgerson’s personal studio, eventually grew into a model for creative entrepreneurship. Housed in a 23,000 plus square foot building, there are studios dedicated to painting, screen printing, photography, sculpture, and digital media among others. At the heart of Artists for Humanity is the belief that skills equal power and opportunity. AFH is not just about paying students for their art, but also providing a safe environment where they can gain practical business experience and respected, public exposure.

Upcoming plans include a potential acquisition of the lot behind AFH’s current epicenter to create an extension to include more studio and retail space. The Artists for Humanity building was named one of the Top Ten Green Buildings in the country, and the projected building would also be in line with AFH’s commitment to sustainability.

AFH Presented…


On April 27th 2013, AFH hosted their annual Greatest Party on Earth at the EpiCenter. It was a wonderful night and embraced the youth artists together to learn what inspires their artworks. Meanwhile, the night also delivered a creative spirit that powers Artists for Humanity. You can get more information at


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