Artists for Humanity

Artists For Humanity (AFH) provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH transforms the experiences of underserved young people through AFH’s central program, the Youth Arts Enterprise, which in 2020 will employ 325+ Boston teens during their crucial out-of-school hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 PM during the school year and Monday-Friday from 12:00-5:30 PM during the summer. As part of the Youth Arts Enterprise, AFH will employ 60 young people in the 3D Design Studio. Employment in the 3D Design Studio provides teens opportunities to build STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) skills through project-based learning where teens develop creativity and problem-solving skills while exploring potential STEM college majors and career pathways.

In the 3D Design Studio, teen artists and designers have the opportunity to explore three-dimensional construction arts. Concepts are taken from sketch to drawing to model to full execution. Participants are trained on computer-aided drafting programs, learn concepts of engineering, and conduct hands-on trials with materials to understand their properties and applicability to the finished project. Through demonstrations, innovation, model-making, experimentation, and finished production, teens learn to work with a variety of fine art and industrial design tools and materials and gain a sophisticated understanding of sculptural art and design. AFH’s 3D Design Studio is renowned for fabricating unique bike racks, outdoor signage, sculptural awnings, large-scale public artworks, eco-friendly furniture and more—infusing the zest and unpredictability inherent in young people “making things.”

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This is the second year of Hestia funding for Artists for Humanity. Hestia’s $20,000 grant will support the Youth Arts Enterprise program.