The Arts Program is designed to be fun and inviting for all members, with an effort made to attract teens and young people of all backgrounds. Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, hands-on design, performing arts and creative writing.
This national photography program helps Club members learn and practice photography, expressing themselves in exciting and innovative ways. All Club members are encouraged to experiment with black-and-white, color and digital photography, as well as Photo Essay and alternative photography processes. The program has three parts: a state-of-the-art photography curriculum, fun ideas and resources for creative photo projects and the opportunity for recognition through Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s annual National Photography contest.
Members of all ages create colorful wall tiles and dramatic murals, as well as functional ware like coffee mugs, dinner plates and serving pieces. Young imaginations get a workout as novice ceramists create fanciful fish-shaped plates and other decorative pieces. Colorful and creative designs that relate to the Club and its programs are proudly displayed above the entrance to the Club’s main facility.
National Fine Arts Exhibit
This year-round fine arts program promotes artistic expression and cultural enrichment through classes, special events and fine art exhibits. All Club members are encouraged to discover and develop their creative talents through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Artwork is exhibited at many local and regional locations, giving young artists the opportunity to see their work professionally displayed before their families, peers and community. Selected pieces are then considered for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, showcased at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference.
Storytelling is an ancient art that has been bringing people together for generations. What better way to infuse youngsters with the joys of reading than to open a book and tell them a story? Our guest storytellers share their favorite popular stories and demonstrate their enthusiasm for reading with Club members of all ages.