Citywide Creative Arts

Visual Arts - Dance - Performance - Music

ABOUT CITYWIDE CREATIVE ARTS

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Citywide Creative Arts Program provides a path for youth from marginalized communities to access high-quality art instruction, in an environment where they can feel heard, valued, loved, and understood. This exposure builds confidence, creativity, and focus, providing a new way for youth to express themselves, while building skills in the creative arts.

With over 1,600 youth per day accessing BGCSF each day, the Club is uniquely positioned to introduce creative arts to youth and serve as a gateway for emerging artists in communities that are often forgotten. For many of our kids, Citywide Creative Arts is the first and only place where they are exposed to many creative outlets such as painting, photography, wood-working, sketching, dance, acting, and music production.

Our dedicated team of professional artists are active members of the San Francisco arts community, bringing a wealth of experience and community connections to our program. In addition, through our partners in the visual and performing arts community, such as Open Studios, American Conservatory Theater (ACT), and The San Francisco Ballet, we expose our youth to established art institutions, leading to skill development, and potential careers.

BGCSF’s Citywide Creative Arts Program is located where youth live, removing a significant barrier to entry for youth.  We believe that all young people should have access to the transformative power of the arts.

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

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PAINTING

We offer diverse oil, acrylic, and watercolor paining classes in the artists' studio. Students learn about graduation of tone and how colors effect the eye.

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DRAWING

We introduce the youth to various drawing techniques and theories. Through our well-rounded course each student learns the art of line drawing, tones, grid drawing, color, and pen & ink.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

We offer an assortment of photography classes for all skill levels, varying ages, and many interests. We teach our members how to use the photographic medium as a mean of documenting their lives and as a voice for positive change.

MUSIC

Students get access to a fully equipped music studio with professional training on how to write songs, record tracks, and play instruments.

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PERFORMANCE

We offer year-round classes for youth of all ages in acting, musical theatre, and performance.

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DANCE

Our high-quality dance program features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, afro-haitian, and capoeira.

FEATURED CREATIVE WORK

We provide our youth many opportunities to showcase their creativity at Clubhouses, gallery and museum exhibitions, performance recitals, and in dance competitions. By displaying the results of their hard work, youth secure recognition from peers, family, and others in their communities. Most importantly, they gain self confidence.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

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