Cultural Arts

Providing cultural enrichment.

Numerous programs utilize the arts to address issues related to youth culture. Collaboration with multiple sectors of the community provide innovative and challenging cultural enrichment for young people.

These programs endeavor to assist youth in understanding themselves and their world while exploring individual creativity and self-expression. Artist-driven programs play a major role, engaging regional artists in projects that challenge both the artists and their young collaborators. Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County host a variety of programs and workshops in many media ranging from fine arts, theater, music and dance. A sampling of the programs is highlighted below:

This emerging podcast program allows teen members training in recording arts and sound editing as well as broadcast journalism techniques.  Coached by staff and mentor volunteers, members create their own 10 episode podcast series in which they interview local career professionals, young athlete scholars and community leaders on topics of interest to teenagers today.

Arts Instructors on staff provide projects and opportunities to expand and build skill in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media artworks, and member work is entered annually into Regional And National BGCA Fine Arts Competitions.

Members learn from professional and amateur photographers to create and curate portraits of their daily lives and explore their curiosity about the cultures all around them.  Members  build photographic books and participate in the annual BGCA ImageMakers competition which includes a juried show presented in partnership with Florida Atlantic University Galleries.

Our member dance teams perform at schools and competitions throughout our region.  Led by staff instructors, members explore lyrical, contemporary and percussive dance styles and enthusiastically learn movement as a form of personal expression.  Members also engage in aerobic dance forms led by staff to expand personal fitness and wellness practice.

The Sounds of Success Community Marching band blasts a joyful sound.  Under the direction of Antoine Miller, the marching band program develops members’ musical skills, and teamwork while building self-esteem and growing young leaders at the Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of Riviera Beach.

Ballet Palm Beach – Committed to expanding exposure through performance, Ballet Palm Beach brings specialty performances into Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and provides exclusive ticket programs for Boys & Girls Clubs’ members and their families.

DanceSport Academy – Thanks to our donors, members in Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County receive expert instruction in a variety of ballroom dance forms from professionals in the field and learn to perfect a dance performance for a public exhibition in the Spring and Fall season.

*Dance Afrique – West African Cultural Arts, Dance & Drum program provides members a glimpse into the vast array of cultural art forms and expression that originate in West Africa.  Members learn dances and drum rhythms that tell the stories of daily life over thousands of years on the continent of Africa and explore how cultural dance and drum styles have spread throughout the world, influencing music and dance in the Caribbean and South America.

Benzaiten Center – “Taste of Glass” Field Trips allow our members to learn about the art of glass, to practice sandcasting techniques and create their very own works of art with glass.

*Broadway Dance – Members of the Naoma Donnelly Haggin Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach learn acting, vocal performance and dance to put together a summer musical theater performance addressing environmental protection and the joy of living near the ocean.  This summer program building a musical theater performance is designed to boost self-esteem and is customized for participating elementary and middle school aged students.

*Bam Bam Drum Fun – Drum for fun with Drum Captain Scott! This percussion and arts and crafts program builds community and teamwork through musical patterns and invites all Boys & Girls Club members to drum together with personalized percussion instruments designed and created by the members themselves.

*Delray Beach Chorale Choral Academy at FAU in Collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County – Musicians and music teachers from Florida Atlantic University provide vocal training, musical theory instruction and solo performance practice for members of the Neil S Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.  Members join the FAU Academy for an end of session performance in celebration of value of musical knowledge and the shared camaraderie of song.

Symphonia – This major outreach program of The Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia  is dedicated to Building a String Orchestra and Self Esteem. Professional musicians of the Symphonia provide daily lessons on string instruments, reading music and musical theory to members of the Naoma Donnelly Haggin Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach

FAU Galleries –  The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) is an outreach art program of the University Galleries, FAU Museum Education Program, partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. FAU art students and alumni teach visual arts classes to youth ages 8 to 17. The AMPlified exhibitions showcase the student works made throughout the course of the programs Spring and Fall semesters

Norton Museum of Art – Afterschool Arts Outreach is a year-round, creative youth development program that provides significant out-of-school arts experiences to Palm Beach County youth, ages 5-18. The innovative arts program aims to foster creativity and stimulate critical thinking skills in a supportive environment. The program is led by a dedicated team of Norton Teaching Artists, who are dynamic, caring role models, helping students develop self-esteem through positive achievement.  The free program includes art projects and Museum tours designed to expand students’ world views by exposing them to multicultural and arts-integrated history, music, and literature.

Cultural Arts

Impact On Our Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has provided a wide variety of nationally recognized and impact driven programs throughout the years and partners with numerous other service providers, such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Literacy Coalition, local universities, and many others to enhance the learning opportunities of the youth served.

To become a partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and support our technology programs, please contact Dennis Young at or (561) 683-3287.