The Arts

These initiatives help young people to enhance self-expression and creativity, develop multicultural appreciation, and expose and develop skills in crafts and visual, performing, and literary arts.

Digital Arts Suite and Festivals teach members ages 6 to 18 how to create computer generated art. In each of 5 programs (Web Tech, Design Tech, Photo Tech, Music Tech & Movie Tech), members advance through 3 levels of animated lessons online (delivered in English or Spanish) and participate in instructor-led group activities. Club members ages 10 to 18 are invited to submit their artwork to the annual Digital Arts Festivals which celebrates Club members' creativity in web and graphic design, photo illustration, music composition, and movie making/screenplay writing. Digital Arts Suite and Festivals are a part of Club Tech, which is a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding partner Microsoft, and the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
Check out the Digital Arts Festivals Virtual Gallery .

ImageMakers: National Photography Program is a comprehensive photography program encourages girls and boys to learn and practice photography in order to express themselves in creative and innovative ways. The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography curriculum and provides photographic resources and opportunities for Club members to compete on a national level. ImageMakers provides local, regional, and national recognition through an annual photography contest. Winning photos will be displayed nationwide at museums as well as at BGCA's annual National Conference. Funded by the Circuit City Foundation.
View the ImageMakers National Photography Exhibit Virtual Gallery.

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. The DramaMatters Afterschool Program Guide is a weekly program consisting of 60 minute sessions segmented for beginner, intermediate and advanced members. Each session can be adapted to fit the age of participants as well. Sessions consist of a short warm-up; a main activity of games, script work or performance; and a 10-minute cool-down. The Lessons in Stagecraft Program Guide includes many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, from costumes to set design to directing.

National Fine Arts Exhibit is a competition encourages creativity through a variety of media. It is made up of local, regional and national exhibits. Young people are encouraged to create artwork in any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multi-colored drawing, pastels, water color, oil, acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage, and sculpture. Artwork selected through a national competition is displayed at BGCA's annual National Conference. View the National Fine Arts Exhibit Virtual Gallery.



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