Artists For Humanity (AFH) harnesses the power of mentorship and paid professional experiences to inspire teens to build their future.
AFH provides a safe and supportive environment where teens are employed to explore their voice and forge their unique path to success. Our teens transcend economic, racial and social divisions to transform communities through creative expression.
During their time at AFH, teens share their voice in public art, where their creativity is valued. With corporate partnerships, AFH teens provide creative services to the business community, in collaboration with studio mentors, while developing an understanding of business and entrepreneurship for potential career pathways. Through mentorship, the next generation of artists and leaders gain confidence in their own abilities.
Jobs With Wages
Opportunities to create fine art and design
Introducing exciting career possibilities
1:1 tutoring, professional development and college/career readiness
Experiential arts and stem learning
Fun and productive place to spend time after school
AFH began with an imperative—to address the lack of arts and entrepreneurial experiences for Boston teens—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 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.
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 and a successful enterprise, serving our youth apprentices and the greater community as a learning laboratory in creative industries. This has inspired us to formalize interdisciplinary arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning – or STEAM! – in our studios.
We continue to pioneer opportunities for youth to utilize creativity, industry and innovation toward an overarching goal of preparing them for emerging workforce and educational pathways.
AFH is one of the largest on-site employers of Boston young people, with hundreds of teens employed as artists and designers each year during critical out-of-school hours. Recently we launched our long awaited program in New York City. With a uniquely diverse perspective and an unparalleled community of artists, designers, innovators, business, commerce in the most populated city in this country, the opportunities and possibilities are unlimited for AFH NYC and the real impact we can have on youth and the city, as we have been doing in Boston for over 32 years!
Having a job at AFH enhances a teen’s future earning potential, employability and inspires advanced education and training.
AFH counteracts the risks facing young people – one teen at a time – by giving them a job, enrichment that comes from the arts and cultural experiences, a safe place to go after school, a culture of respect, responsibility, and engaged mentorship and an opportunity to learn and conduct business in the creative economy.
Beyond the job, AFH offers academic support, including after-work tutoring and comprehensive college readiness.
These combined experiences cultivate social change by equipping young people with the skills needed for careers and entrepreneurship in 21st century creative and technology driven industries, opening doors to successful, self-sufficient futures.
Teen artists give voice to their experience working and learning at Artists For Humanity.
AFH reinforces teens' work and experiential learning with robust academic support to assist teens with graduating high school, entering college, earning a degree, or successfully defining pathways to success.
As needed, AFH provides teens with individualized, one-on-one tutoring to help them develop basic and advanced comprehension in core subjects, succeed in tests, and improve grades.
AFH helps youth develop individualized plans for post-secondary education, tour colleges, complete applications, and secure financing and scholarships.
AFH links program alumni enrolled in post-secondary education with financial and human resources, and provides them with ongoing employment opportunities and leadership training.
AFH introduces teens to industry professionals in the context of their employment, potential internships and alternative pathways to success.
Accounting & Finance Manager
Events and Office Coordinator
College Advisor, AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow
Jamie De Los Santos
Assistant Mentor, Web Developer
Director of Creative Technology
Fellowship and Alumni Coordinator
Client Services, Technical Project Manager
Director of Individual Giving, Engagement and Events
Director of Business Development
Client Services Project Manager
Director of Operations
Mentor, Lead Graphic Designer
Foundation Tech Mentor
Director of Marketing and Branding
Director of Video Production
Director of Curatorial Affairs
Director of Institutional Fundraising and Advancement
Grant Writer & Administrator
3D Design Director
AFH Co-Lab Director/Grants Manager
Managing Director, Client Services
Foundations Studio Director
Director of Photography
Assistant Mentor/UX/UI Designer
IT/Print Production Specialist
Curation and Exhibitions Coordinator
Assistant Mentor, Coder
AFH Co-Founder/Managing Director of Programs
Assistant Mentor/3D Designer
Jonathan Tejeda (Pineapple)
Director of Finance
Arts Strategy Consulting, Founder/Principal
Vickie Alani AIA
CBT Architects, Senior Principal
Rustom A. Cowasjee
Tishman Speyer, Managing Director
Claudia de Piante Vicin
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Creative Director, Development Communications
Knowhere Art Gallery,
Global Head of Knowledge
Shelia Galligan Design
F-Prime Capital, Managing Partner, Tech Fund
Jake Lemle, CFA
Managing Director, Head of Loan Trading and Capital Markets
Dayron J. Miles
American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, Associate Artistic Director
Executive Vice President & Treasurer
GIC, Americas Head of Learning and Development/Employee Engagement
AFH Co-Founder/Managing Director of Programs
Independent Real Estate Developer, Restauranteur
Adele Fleet Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
Amy d'Ablemont Burnes
Ethan d'Ablemont Burnes
Lee Ann Gilligan
Mel King †
Lisa S. Lenon
Lisa Van Oossanen