The Arts - Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Sparking creative minds.
Using visual, performing and literary arts to help kids understand their world and express their own creativity.
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Art Programs

Arts & Crafts*

Young imaginations light up through a variety of projects from all types of media.

Image Makers Photography

Kids capture action and images within the club and outside through this hands-on photography program. Both 35mm and digital cameras are used as members learn about composition, lighting and how to shoot a good picture.

National Fine Arts Program*

This year-round program exposes members to an array of artistic media. Kids work in pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, collage, ceramics, printmaking or photography. Once a year selected pieces from each Club head to the National Fine Arts Exhibit held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national headquarters.

Performing Arts*

Kids experience the limelight through song, dance, drama, musical instruments or spoken word. Performances or Talent Shows for live audiences occur quarterly at each Club.

* Provided quarterly at every club.

Art Activities

Seasonal Projects

Whatever the season or holiday, there’s always decorating to do. Kids pitch in with an array of projects to help make their Clubs and homes more festive.

Art Programs


Members learn to express their creativity through movement.


Club members create their own cheerleading squad. They create cheers and boost Club spirits during sporting events.

Garden Club

The Garden Club gets kids outdoors and their hands into the soil. Members plant vegetables, fruits or flowers and care for them as they grow. While getting gardening tips, kids also learn about the health and financial benefits of growing their own food.

Jewelry Making

Using beads, metal, clay and environmental materials, kids create works of art they can wear. Group and individual projects introduce members to the practice of making functional art.

Mural Projects

Members add color and beauty to their clubs and communities through mural painting.

Art Room Practices

Art Skills Individual Guidance & Encouragement of Performing Arts

Art Department
Special Events

Field Trips (at least 1 per quarter per Club)

Members visit cultural venues like the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Sculpture Gardens, Science Museum, Minnesota Zoo and IMAX Theater.

Talent Shows

Each Club hosts a quarterly variety show giving kids a chance to perform publicly. Acts are screened by the Unit Director or Art Director.

Camp Voyageur field trips or overnights

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