Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island: New Arts Programming
First Nonprofit Foundation awarded $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to offer members educational experiences in the fine arts. The Hilton Head community is rich with talented artists and galleries, a symphony orchestra, choral music groups, a professional theatre and many traveling arts programs. The Club plans to draw professionals from the community who will run projects for Club arts programs, offer artist-in-residence programs and take members to community performances and art shows. The funds will help the Club use their Art and Drama classrooms for sustained projects that will fully immerse members in arts experiences. The Club will also use the funds to open selected arts classes to students in the community who might not otherwise be involved in Boys & Girls Club programs, thus expanding the Club’s community reach.
The organization recently completed their first six weeks Artist in Residence class in March of 2015. Local artists who teach jewelry making worked with the children of Boys and Girls Club to create beads made of paper. The final beads were formed into spectacular pieces of jewelry. The children also created a shadowbox bulletin board in the main entrance of the building to display some of the pieces.
On a special note, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island annual fundraising gala was held on March 21st with over 400 people attending. One of the members donated the necklace that she made in class to the silent auction to raise additional money for the club.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island began in a government assisted housing project where children of Hilton Head service and resort workers and other low-income families lived. The Club offered homework assistance and a handful of recreation opportunities. In 1999, the community built a 29,000 square foot facility with a gym, kitchen, teen center, game room facilities and interest-specific classrooms. The Club is located near the town school complex and serves over 700 youth per year with an average daily attendance of 200 members aged 6-18. The primary emphasis on programs over the past 15 years has been in educational support, sports and social recreation.
"We have been impressed with the sincerity and direction from Joe and the organization in moving forward with both the grant process and the follow-through. We fill a unique niche in our community. Joe had a quick understanding of our position, and our deep desire to provide new and enriching experiences for our members and their families who otherwise would never have such opportunities."