Partnership Highlight: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Community partnerships are crucial to Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation’s mission to generate a thriving community through intentional, outcome-based experiences that promote mental, physical, and social well-being. This week, we are focusing on our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.
For the past two years, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) in our first after-school career advancement program, Club Creatives.
Club Creatives enhances Scottsdale Arts’ connection to youth in our community in order to build the next generation of art lovers and creative contributors. Club Creatives is designed to empower youth and encourage positive identity by providing constructive activities outside of school that develop skills and increase social competencies, such as decision-making, interpersonal competence, and conflict resolution.
I think it is nice we have an opportunity to work with and learn with artists from the community.
Jason N., Barker Branch
This year, club members worked with six local professional artists who specialized in acrylic and watercolor painting, printmaking, collage, upcycled design, collaborative art, and digital/alternative photography processes.
The Club Creatives program enables BGCS teens to have arts experiences they couldn’t find anywhere else. From photography class in a professional studio to extended artist-led workshops, the Club Creatives programs exemplify the high-quality programming we strive to offer our members. One of the great benefits of bringing teaching artists into our Clubs, via Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, is teens who may not consider themselves “artsy” have the opportunity to explore art-making and contribute to their creative community. The workshops enable our teens to discover their own artistic voice and also give teens from diverse backgrounds the chance to create, learn, and grow together.
Lyndal Pleasant, former director of arts programming for BGCS
“I loved ImageMakers. It brought out the creative side of my photos.”
Reyna C., Thunderbirds Branch
Club Creatives is generously supported by The Charro Foundation and Dr. Feingold Conservation Fund.