Boys & Girls Clubs of America Taking Arts Programs to the Next Level with The Wallace Foundation

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Wallace Foundation made a $5.35 Million, 2.5-year commitment to help Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch a Youth Arts Initiative.

ATLANTA and NEW YORK – March 20, 2014 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and The Wallace Foundation today announced a partnership to provide innovative, high-quality arts programming for underserved youth that stimulates learning, inspires creativity and encourages self-expression. The largest arts funder in BGCA’s history, The Wallace Foundation has made a $5.35 million, two-and-a-half year commitment to BGCA to launch the Youth Arts Initiative in Boys & Girls Clubs.

Over the next three years, the Youth Arts Initiative will develop programs based on 10 principles of high-quality arts programming in select Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. Described in Wallace’s report, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, these principles were derived from a study of exemplary arts organizations serving youth, interviews with leading experts in arts education and youth development, and more than 150 interviews with “tweens” about what they want in arts programs...

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