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.
AFH began with an imperative – to address the lack of arts experiences within the Boston Public School system – 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 urban 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; and we immerse an additional 500+ children and youth in arts exploration experiences through Visual Arts Residencies and other partnerships at Boston public schools.
Artists for Humanity is near and dear to Madam Glam because it speaks to our 7-year mission to educate not only professionals, but nail enthusiasts about technique as well as the importance of producing healthy products. The charity offers mentoring and paid work as artists and designers on commissioned creative projects for business clients there by introducing nail technicians to the Art World.
“For a long time we wanted to speak about Nail Technicians and their art and AFH Boston not only is recognizing this as a form of art, but also invests in the formation of nail enthusiasts to become professionals with an actual paying salary. On the other hand, what they are doing is amazing, they not only create a space where artists, of all sorts, can express themselves, but they involve mentors and tutors that help them build confidence, a business mindset and help them evolve in their craft.” - Youri Vaisse, General Manager.