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
We offer diverse oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting classes in the artists' studio. Students learn about graduation of tone and how colors affect the eye.
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.
We offer photography classes for all skill levels, ages, and interests. We teach our members how to use photography to document their lives and as a voice for positive change.
We offer year-round classes for youth of all ages in acting, musical theatre, and performance.
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.