Monday, February 24, 2014

Being Unique: Part Five

Heard about this awesome venue for special events in South Boston, the Artists for Humanity Epicenter. Founded in 1991, Artists For Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

AFH began as an entrepreneurial venture that produced and marketed large-scale collaborative paintings reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the local urban communities to Boston’s business community. Today, AFH remains a haven for teens from all over the city; a place where they can explore and express their creative abilities, and identify possibilities for continuing education. They also pride themselves on developing young people as leaders in social change.

The EpiCenter is the first LEED Platinum certified building in Boston. They were recently nominated for the Harleston Parker Medal as one of Boston’s “Most Beautiful” project completed in the last ten years. They offer an environmentally friendly and uniquely innovative space for all types of events. From intimate dinners for 50 to cocktail receptions for 450, common events become extraordinary events when produced in this unique setting. Events held at the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter contribute to sustain the arts for the youth of the Boston community.

Check out there website for more information but in the meantime, here’s a bit of what separates the AFH EpiCenter from other event spaces:
  • Individuals, companies like Keds, Fidelity Investment and Green Mountain Coffee and organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and American Repertory Theater like that the rental cost all goes to support a non-profit art apprenticeship program that gives inner city youth a voice, a vision and a job.
  • The award-winning AFH EpiCenter is Boston’s only LEED Platinum building which is the highest designation of the US Green Council.
  • Location is ideal for parking and public transportation near the T.
  • The award-winning building design is enhanced with art by talented AFH youth artists.
  • Architectural details include vintage Crown Victoria car windshields that enclose the mezzanine overlooking the 5,000 sq’ Lewis Gallery event space. The 18-foot ceiling enhances the versatile ambiance of the gallery. South facing windows provide excellent natural lighting.
  • A floor to ceiling “garage-style” glass door opens onto an adjoining courtyard that offers an additional 1,200 square feet, weather permitting.
  • Even the bathrooms have surprise design elements.

Giving back to the youth of the Boston community is a great way to devour the details! Keep up the great work AFH!

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