Cultural Access Initiative

The Cultural Access Initiative (CAI) is a key resource for many Summer Fund camps. By subsidizing field trips for youth in metro Boston, the CAI provides camps with the opportunity to explore some of Boston’s foremost cultural institutions.

Camps and cultural vendors come together each spring on Cultural Day to schedule field trips for the summer. Over 12,000 campers enjoy free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences. For many of them, the Cultural Access Initiative brings about their first exposure to the renowned arts and cultural institutions in and around Boston.

In 2019, the Summer Fund partnered with:
Afro-Latin Ryhthm Co.
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Harbor Now
Boston Public Market
Concord Museum
Curious Creatures
Eliot School of Fine &
Applied Arts

The Esplanade Association
Farrington Nature Linc
Franklin Park Zoo
Hale Reservation
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Historic New England
Historic Newton
Kadence Arts: Beat Bus
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Metro Lacrosse
MIT Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Puppet Show Place Theatre
Reach! BU Summer Dance Program
U.S.S. Constitution Museum
Youth Enrichment Services

Our Impact

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Random Quote

Cultural Day has had a significant impact on MetroLacrosse’s ability to implement quality summer programming. This summer, our Coaches-In-Training program implemented lacrosse clinics for 32 community organizations, 23 of which were secured through the Summer Fund. Cultural Day gives us the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively secure partnerships with past partners as well as new organizations we haven’t worked with before.

— MetroLacrosse