As 2012 comes to a close, we look back with pride on a year of productivity from all of our talented teens, mentors, staff, and supporters! In 2012, we opened our first off-site store in historic Faneuil Hall and celebrated the Earth with another over-the-top Greatest Party on Earth. AFH ended the year with The Greatest Gifts on Earth - by far our most successful Holiday Sale and Party in our 21 year history! Throughout the year, all six AFH Studios were filled with teen employees using new found skills to produce art for appreciative AFH clients.
Take a look at 2012 “in pictures” and stay connected to see more innovative projects that are a platform for AFH teen creativity - and include lots of opportunities for your involvement.
We added some big names to our impressive client-list!
We brightened up Brockton.
|AFH's Brockton Crew used paint and creativity to transform Brockton's iconic Enterprise Building.|
We designed awesome, wearable screen-printed gear.
|AFHers pose in tees and hoodies made in our Screen Printing Studio.|
We added to our eco-friendly ReVision furniture line.
|3D Design Studio designed and made this new ReVision table! Buy yours here.|
|Co-Founder Rob Gibbs welcomes AFH alumni to our first-ever Alumni Dinner!|
We hung out with Mayor Menino!
|AFHers pose with Mayor Menino at the grand opening of AFH - The Store in historic Faneuil Hall.|
We made cool jewelry out of old paint-chips!
|One-of-a-kind earrings made in our 3D Design Studio.|
We hosted beautiful weddings and celebrations in the EpiCenter's Lewis Gallery.
|Photo courtesy of Samantha Melanson Photography|
We used our city as inspiration.
|Wilton Tejeda paints the iconic State Street Building.|
We visited colleges and thought about our future.
|Sneha Shrestha, Painting Mentor and Education Coordinator, brought some of our high-school juniors and seniors to various New England Art Schools and Colleges this past year. 90% of AFH seniors go on to higher education.|
We celebrated Earth Day at another amazing Greatest Party on Earth fundraising event!
|Save April 27, 2013 for AFH’s 8th annual AFH Greatest Party on Earth at the award winning EpiCenter|
We got fancy.
|Co-founders Rob Gibbs and Jason Talbot pose with Photo Mentor Mary Nguyen at our 2012 Greatest Party on Earth!|
We visited a Boston Harbor Island once a week during our intensive Summer Work Program.
|Thanks to a grant from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, AFH teens were able to make island-inspired art.|
We got inspired from nature.
|Sadia Baez paints on one of the Boston Harbor Islands!|
We used math and science in our art and creative process.
|AFH Education Director Lesley Horrall assists AFH teen-painter Collin Barrett.|
We joined our fellow artists in community events.
|AFH teen-photograph prints for sale at this year's Fort Point Artist Community’s Open Studio Weekend.|
We designed and created custom awards for clients.
|AFH Graphic Design teens worked with our Screen Printing studio to create the annual “State Street in the Community Awards.”|
We worked with professional artists to create giant murals!
|AFH teens worked with artists Lynette Shaw and Nate Swain to create this impressive wall-size mural for MAX Ultimate Food's warehouse building in Roxbury.|
We sold A LOT of Bahk Bahk tees.
|Designed by AFH teen, Ryan Green, this design has become one of our best selling Bahk Bahk series of tees and hoodies.|
We made new friends.
|Boston's Bikes Not Bombs and their youth-run bike repair team, Chain Reaction, came to AFH to help us tune up our bikes!|
We spread the word about AFH's mission during exhibitions.
|Cameron Akeredolu talks about one of his pieces at an AFH exhibition. |
We made some awesome art.
|Samantha Li in the Painting Studio, finishing a piece that was exhibited at the 2012 Greatest Party on Earth spring fund raiser.|
And, most importantly, we empowered hundreds of Boston teens through artistic employment.
|Jameel Radcliff, an AFH alumni now studying at Montserrat College of Art, working on the painting he made for our Greatest Party on Earth.|
Here’s to many more years of creative jobs for creative youth!!
Everyone at AFH wishes you a happy, healthy, safe and creative holiday!
* all photos taken by AFH teens and mentors unless otherwise noted.