We use creativity to build equity.
Artists For Humanity (AFH) provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.
AFH is built on the philosophy that engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people.
Bridging economic, racial and social divisions, AFH enriches urban communities by introducing young people's creativity to the business community.
Jobs With Wages
Opportunities to create fine art and design
Introducing exciting career possibilities
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. AFH continues to pioneer opportunities for youth to utilize creativity, industry and innovation toward an overarching goal of preparing them for emerging workforce and educational pathways.
We are a social enterprise that uses creativity and design as vehicles for social change
AFH is one of the largest on-site employers of Boston young people, with hundreds of under-resourced teens employed as artists and designers each year during critical out-of-school hours. 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 innovation economy.
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 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.
After work opportunities
Education Initiative and Support at AFH
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. Our support includes:
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.
Meet Our Team
Accounting & Finance Manager
Jennifer De Los Santos
Director of Creative Technology
Director of Individual Giving, Engagement and Events
Director of Business Development
Co-Founder, Managing Director of Alumni Programs
Director of Marketing and Branding
Director of Video Production
Director of Curatorial Affairs
Director of Institutional Fundraising and Advancement
Mentor/3D Designer & Engineer
STEAM To Schools Director/Grant Manager
Managing Director, Client Services
Director of Photography
Mentor/3D Special Projects
Social Media Coordinator
IT/Print Production Specialist
Curation and Exhibitions Coordinator
Co-Founder, Managing Director of Programs
Jonathan Tejeda (Pineapple)
Registrar & Exhibitions Coordinator
Board of Directors
Wellington Management, Managing Director
Arts Strategy Consulting, Founder/Principal
Real Estate Project Executive
Claudia de Piante Vicin
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Creative Director, Development Communications
Knowhere Art Gallery,
Global Head of Knowledge
President, Fidelity Pricing and Cash Management Service
Shelia Galligan Design
F-Prime Capital, Managing Partner, Tech Fund
Eaton Vance, CFA
Director of Leveraged Loan Trading & Portfolio Manager
Huntington Theater Company, Director of Human Resources
Executive Vice President & Treasurer
Co-Founder, Managing Director of Programs
Independent Real Estate Developer, Restauranteur
Board of Advisors
Adele Fleet Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
Amy d'Ablemont Burnes
Ethan d'Ablemont Burnes
Lee Ann Gilligan
Lisa S. Lenon
Lisa Van Oossanen