In light of social distancing, closed businesses and schools, and canceled events, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is grateful to partner with Artsmiths of Pittsburgh  and Handmade for their Art4All initiative to provide youth access to art focused activities they can easily create from home. BGCWPA is dedicated to expanding our relief efforts beyond just our members’ basic needs. In a time of isolation and Clubhouse closures, it is more important than ever than to keep our youth engaged in positive, mentally engaging activities.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Art and Cultural Center (APACC) is a 10,000 square foot non profit organization featuring classes, exhibits and local art, with a mission to engage our community in the making and appreciation of art by offering high quality art education to individuals of all ages and abilities. When COVID-19 could have halted the creative world,  Artsmiths of Pittsburgh went to work creating craft kits and safety procedures to be distributed through organizations that are serving lunches or working with youth. 

The first art-focused project is making a dream-catcher! Members and families have the opportunity to have a STEAM or Art Kit delivered right to their doorstep free of charge twice monthly throughout the duration of Clubhouse closures. BGCWPA staff has been tirelessly delivering critical resources to members in need across 19 van routes stretching from Carnegie to Penn Hills and up to Shaler. 

Interested in a STEAM or art kit? Fill out our Family Needs Request Form.  Art and STEAM kits will also be handed out at our Community Food Truck Events beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

Thank you to our dedicated community partners, for being a force for good in uncertain times and activating and advancing the potential in every child by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have GREAT FUTURES! 

Join BGCWPA’s Relief Efforts!  

Are you an individual or business looking to aid the relief and recovery efforts of COVID-19 in a unique way? Contact Director of Advancement, Abby Blake, at ablake@bgcwpa.org.