Empowering and Engaging Youth Through Arts and Culture

AFCC Access provides funding and creates opportunities for youth ages 7 to 17 who live at or below the poverty level, are enrolled in a mentor / leadership learning program such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters or Y Achievers, and show interest in the arts to participate in extracurricular arts-specific programming.


  • To provide funding for arts-specific programming to youth  with barriers to create a more inclusive environment;
  • To provide cultural organizations with an opportunity to connect and serve these young people  while being appropriately compensated for their time and talent;
  • To advocate at the local, state, and national levels for more awareness on the impact of the arts  on under served populations. Arts are not just nice; they are necessary for healthy and equitable communities.

If you are a parent or a mentor of a student who is interested in applying for funding please submit information here.  If you are a cultural organization that would like to participate in AFCC ACCESS, please submit here.