Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
73% of low-income members ages 12 to 17 who attend the Club regularly say they earn mostly As and Bs, compared with 69% of low-income youth nationally (according to 2017 BGCA youth outcome data and 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data).
National Photography Program
The National Photography Program enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through the appreciation of photography.
Lyricism 101 is a program designed to cultivate and amplify the powerful, formidable voices of Club teens.
ImageMakers is a year-round program that helps Club members ages 6-18 learn the art and science of photography through multiple categories: Culture and Tradition, Portraits, Nature and Surroundings, Fashion and Style, and Editing and Filter. Photographs are displayed at local and regional exhibits around the world.
MusicMakers inspires young people to produce music, and to create their life’s soundtrack.
National Fine Arts Exhibit
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.
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourages members ages 6 to 18 to engage in hands-on activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement.