Citywide Creative Arts

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Citywide Creative Arts program is an award-winning and nationally recognized art program that provides top quality art instruction while uniting youth, families and communities in a powerful way across San Francisco. The program provides art lessons and connects youth with the vibrant San Francisco Arts community, particularly those who might otherwise not have access. This connection allows youth to have access to new resources and opportunities that enhance their skills, confidence, leadership and professional social network.

BCGSF’s fine arts and photography programs have a long history of national recognition by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), having placed in BGCA’s national competitions 21 times over the past 23 years.

In 2015, BGCSF formally expanded its Citywide Creative Arts program beyond fine arts and photography, and now includes performance arts (dance, drama, music instruction, and spoken word) and digital arts.

Above: BGCSF members have won Regional and National competitions for each of the past 18 years in one category or another.

Art Exhibitions

We provide our youth many opportunities to showcase their art at Club, Citywide, gallery and museum exhibitions. 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.

In 2016, nearly 100 youth from Willie Mays Clubhouse, Don Fisher Clubhouse, Tenderloin Clubhouse, Mission Clubhouse, Columbia Park Clubhouse, KIPP and Visitacion Valley Clubhouse participated in our 2016 Citywide Arts Show, titled "en.vi.sion - young artists on the horizon." Our youth's artwork was hosted in a professional art gallery space at SF Camerawork.

"en.vi.sion" Citywide Arts Show 2016-Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco.

Community Partners

Additional Community Partners

  • Notes for Notes® (N4N) is a national nonprofit that partners with after school centers to provide free programs for youth to explore, create and record music. N4N builds music recording studios inside partner facilities that are packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studio setups. The SF Studio, located in the BGCSF Don Fisher Clubhouse, is a one-stop-shop for youth to learn an instrument, play music with friends, record songs and explore careers in the music industry.

  • City Studios, a project of the San Francisco Art Institute, provides at-risk-youth with free after-school arts instruction. Emerging artists and arts educators teach classes, with a focus on fine art and digital media. After graduation, City Studios participants can apply for scholarships to the Art Institute’s intensive summer program.

  • Youth Open Studios, a program of ArtSpan’s Open Studios , showcases 800 emerging and established adult Bay Area Artists through their open artist studio annual event. YOS program provides an art-career path for students who see vocational training outside of the traditional art-school format. The program provides mentorship from professional artists, fieldtrips to artist’s studios and galleries, and participation in public art exhibits.

  • HeART through LINES Ballet is a dance partnership program that provides a space for students to learn a foundation of dance concepts, experiment and improvise with movement, develop their own ideas through the choreographic process, and an entry point into the world of dance. The program allows students to develop abstract and critical thinking skills, social skills through collaboration and build confidence.

  • After School Residency of the American Conservatory Theater is committed to ensuring access to the wonders of live theater for diverse communities. A.C.T. offers free tickets, workshops, study materials, residency programs, performance space, and scholarships to numerous partner schools and organizations serving the Bay Area.

  • Academy of Art Summer Pre-College Art Experience is a six week intensive program offering up to four classes either online or in San Francisco. The program provides a glimpse into college life, an opportunity to meet other young artists and explore a variety of art & design classes.

  • Crayons to College
  • 826 Valencia
  • San Francisco Public Library Tech Mobile
  • U-Gallery
  • Intersection for the Arts
  • BGCA National Fine Arts, Imagemakers, Digital Events
  • SF Ballet