Giving Kids a Voice through the Arts

These programs are designed to foster creativity in young people, and give them outlets for self-expression. From photography to hip-hop, our arts programs have something that will inspire everyone.


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74% of members ages 12 to 17 who attend the Club regularly say they earn mostly A's and B's, compared with 67% of youth nationally.

According to BGCA youth outcome data.

DramaMatters Afterschool

Ages 6-18
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourages members ages 6 to 18 to engage in hands-on performing arts 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 or directing.


Ages 6-18
MusicMakers inspires young people to produce music, and to create their life’s soundtrack.

Young people need positive outlets for creative self-expression, and many have a keen interest in the performing arts. Musical study develops critical thinking, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence and teamwork. Continue reading

National Fine Arts Exhibit

Ages 6-18
The National Fine Art Exhibit gives Club member’s artwork a wider audience.

The National Fine Arts Exhibit encourages artistic recognition of Club members ages 6 to 18 by displaying drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference.

Looking at Things Through a Different Lens

Ages 6-18
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography.

For more than 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has celebrated the accomplishments of Club youth as they learn the art and science of photography. After local and regional competitions, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest yields national winners ages 6-18 years old whose photographs compete in several categories: Culture & Tradition, Portraits, or Surroundings . The ImageMakers National Photography Contest is supported by Sony. Continue reading