These initiatives help young people enhance self-expression and creativity, develop multicultural appreciation, provide exposure to and develop skills in crafts and visual, peforming and literary arts.

Digital Arts Suite and Festivals

View the Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals Virtual Gallery.
Club Tech’s Digital Arts Suite teaches members ages 6 to 18 how to create computer-generated art. In each of the five tutorials (Web Tech, Design Tech, Photo Tech, Music Tech and Movie Tech), members advance through three levels of animated lessons online at and participate in instructor-led group activities. Club members ages 10 to 18 are invited to submit their artwork to the annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals, which celebrate Club members’ creativity in Web design, graphic design, photo illustration, music composition and film production/screenplay writing. The Club Tech Digital Arts Suite and Festivals are components of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding partner Microsoft and Best Buy Children’s Foundation to equip America’s youth with essential digital literacy skills.
ImageMakers: National Photography Program
View the 2007 ImageMakers National Photography Exhibit Virtual Gallery.
Funded by the Circuit City Foundation, this comprehensive photography program encourages girls and boys to learn and practice photography, expressing themselves in creative and innovative ways. The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography curriculum, provides photographic resources and opportunities for Club members to compete on a national level. ImageMakers provides local, regional and national recognition through an annual photography contest. Winning photos will be displayed nationwide at museums as well as at BGCA’s annual National Conference.

This year-round program, developed in collaboration with NAMM, the International Music Products Association, encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to have fun exploring music making and learning to play drums and guitar.  Clubs provide step-by-step activities for drums and guitar in beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Funded by NAMM. 

National Fine Arts Exhibit
View the National Fine Arts Exhibit Virtual Gallery.
This competition, which encourages creativity through a variety of media, is made up of local, regional and national exhibits. Young people are encouraged to create artwork in any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastels, water color, oil or acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage and sculpture. Artwork selected through a national competition is displayed at BGCA’s annual National Conference.