Creative Arts

Unleashing Creativity and Building Confidence

Boys & Girls Clubs is committed to providing programs, experiences and initiatives that allow all youth to access imagination and creativity to express themselves and build connection with others in their community. The Arts programs, experiences, and initiatives fall under four categories: From photography to hip-hop, our arts programs have something that will inspire everyone.

Lyricism 101

Ages: 13-18

Lyricism 101 is a program designed to cultivate and amplify the powerful, formidable voices of Club teens. Through the lens of hip-hop, particularly ciphers, teens will be able to engage in programming and events that build self-esteem, use a medium to express thoughts, passions and ideas, build skills in literacy, musical collaboration, performance and rhyme creation

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MusicMakers

Ages: All Ages

In partnership with Music Village, MusicMakers inspires young people to produce music and to create their life’s soundtrack.

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National Arts Contest

Ages: 6-18

This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. National Arts Contests enable Club members to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through visual arts and design. Comprised of the National Fine Arts Exhibit and the ImageMakers National Photography programs, youth who compete within four age groups (6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18) have the opportunity to share their creative expressions with the community by participating in art competitions that are exhibited and judged locally, regionally and nationally. The annual contest launches during National Arts in Education Week in September.

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National Photography Program

Ages: 6-18

The National Photography Program enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through the appreciation of photography. The program is designed to help members go beyond snapshots and develop skills to take photographs that can really impact the viewer. The current popularity and accessibility of photography makes it a powerful means to engage youth of all ages in creative programming, while simultaneously teaching them skills they will use for the rest of their lives. For some youth, photography opens a door to creative self-expression that no other art form allows. Others may discover a career path.

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ECoSistema

El Sistema is a community music and youth development program that began in Venezuela in 1975. It was founded by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu to become the national model of music education in Venezuela, granting millions of young people access to quality music programming. Since then, the El Sistema philosophy of music education has spread throughout the world as a music education model that promotes community-building, empowerment, excellence, and access – in the words of Dr. Abreu, El Sistema is about “music for social change.”

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