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 2017, 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

Camp Starfish has changed my son in ways I didn’t think were possible. Before this summer, he always seemed uncomfortable in his own skin and didn’t feel confident enough to make friends. But now the fragile and self-secluded boy I raised is gone. The unique program you offer for kids with challenges is amazing.

— Parent of camper, Camp Starfish

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Cultural Day enables us to reach many camp groups who would have difficulty participating in our arts programming without the Summer Fund’s financial assistance. It also allows us to offer additional weekday show programming over the summer, keeping our staffing and artist roster consistent, active, and productive in the summer months. With the Summer Fund’s help, our outreach is more extensive, and our organization is able to operate at full capacity through summer, when otherwise it would not.

— Puppet Showplace Theatre