On a typical weekday afternoon, the main studio of Artists for Humanity is alive with the sounds of music, conversation, and laughter. AFH has created a one of a kind community for under-resourced creative youth in the city of Boston. The AFH program not only nurtures their artistic talents, but also acts as a work study, compensating them for their hard work and teaching them collaboration, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency. All AFH mentors have been through the program and treat their students like equals, teaching them new skills and encouraging them with respect and understanding. More than anything, AFH provides an open, welcoming space where urban youth can build positive relationships and spend their time productively while hanging out and having fun.
Artists for Humanity has played a significant role in the Boston arts scene, cultivating the next generation of artists while contributing to the community through public art, murals, corporate arts, and events all over the city. Every year they organize and host The Greatest Party On Earth, directly supports paid apprenticeships in art and design for AFH teens, and also celebrates our shared commitment to the sustainability movement. In recognition of its broad appeal, creativity, and uniqueness—and exemplifying the energy of the Innovation District— The Greatest Party on Earth has earned acclaim as one of Boston’s best fundraising events.
This year, Artists for Humanity celebrates its 25th year. What started off as a small group of students with a mission—to fight the lack of arts experiences in the Boston Public School System—now employs 250+ students annually. Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is looking forward to hosting a two-week long anniversary show of AFH student work opening on May 6, 2016, celebrating their progress in social change.
Celebrate Artists for Humanity’s years building a progressive, positive community in our city at this year’s Greatest Party on Earth on April 30, 2016!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016: Puloma Ghosh