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 Cultural Day program allows Boston Children’s Museum to fulfill its mission of reaching out to underserved populations of children in the greater Boston area. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend the Museum and to learn and grow from the educational opportunities we offer.

— Boston Children’s Museum

Random Quote

To say that the HCF program has been central in assisting families in need who would otherwise not have had opportunities in the summer is an understatement. Without this program, many children would simply sit in their rooms at the shelters.

— CAPIC, Chelsea