Access to Arts

Access to Arts is an award-winning inclusive arts program for teens and young adults. Its purpose is to develop communication, artistic, and leadership skills, and lasting professional and personal friendships. Programming takes place afterschool, during school breaks, and over the summer in various communities of Greater Boston.

The focus of the program is to explore and develop skills across various artistic mediums. Access to Arts participants will work with various teaching artists across different mediums including, but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, theatre, improv, dance, music, textiles, and design. During the summer, participants from different communities will have the opportunity to come together to creatively collaborate on projects and showcase their work.

Program Requirements

  • Open to youth both with and without disabilities
  • Must be between 14 and 22 years old

Music Program at Plugged In Band – Needham

    • Youth of any/all experience levels will learn how to collaborate on rhythm, melody, songwriting, and other forms of music. The group will spend the first portion of the spring practicing percussion/instrument circles and will move into songwriting during the second half.


Week of Feb 25 – June 16 (showcase events June 14 – 16th)

Tuesdays, 4-6pm

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Theatre Program at Riverside Family Support Center – Burlington

    • Youth will participate in inclusive, accessible theatre activities and games, expressing their creativity through performance, improv, and acting. They will grow their social skills, learn how to express themselves in new ways, and gain confidence in group settings.


Feb 21 – May 22

Wednesdays, 4-6pm

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Music Program at The Record Co. with Community Music Center of Boston – Dorchester

    • Youth participants will spend the week of spring break writing a piece of music together and recording their individual parts in a professional recording studio. They will learn the value of collaboration in the realm of music, and how they can bring their individual strengths, regardless of experience level, to a group setting.


April 16-19

10:30-2pm (-5:30pm last day for showcase event)

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Mural Project at Shore Collaborative – Chelsea

    • A group of students at Shore Collaborative, an alternative school, will meet each week during the school day to paint a large mural to be installed on the walls of the school. They will work with teaching artist, Joshua Winer, to develop a design and complete all aspects of the project together, while honing their skills in teamwork and creatively expressing themselves.


Feb 26 – March 13

Program Contacts

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Sadye Bobbette

Access to Arts Manager
She, Her, Hers

Phone: 617-556-4075 x149