Arts and Cultural Institutions

The Summer Fund partners with more than 20 arts and cultural institutions to provide free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences for  underserved youth who attend Summer Fund camps.

The Summer Fund hosts its annual Cultural Day event where our camps have the opportunity to select summer field trip and enrichment activities for their campers.  We partner with select arts and cultural organizations that offer youth-focused programming during summer months.  Each year, over 12,000 youth attend field trips to our partner arts and cultural institutions through the Summer Fund sponsored field trips.

If your institution focuses on art, history, or culture, offers excellent programs for children and youth, and is interested in partnering with us, we encourage you to contact us.

Arts and cultural institutions that partner with the Summer Fund receive the following benefits:

  • Summer Fund resources to underwrite the cost of cultural field trip admissions for our campers, a crucial source of summer revenue for many of our cultural partner organizations
  • New community outreach opportunities to underserved populations that might otherwise have little or no exposure to arts and culture and only a limited understanding of or connection to institutions in this field
  • Access to the unsurpassed expertise of the Summer Fund camp network on programming for underserved urban children and youth in Greater Boston

Our Impact

When I was thirteen, MetroLacrosse changed me by giving me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field. I have learned how to solve problems both individually and cooperatively (like communicating in ways other than just using my voice), how to respect and learn from the people around me including my peers and mentors, how to play on a team of players who are my opponents during the season, and maybe most importantly for me, how to allow other’s voices to be heard.

— Victoria D’Elia, former camper MetroLacrosse Teen Summer Programs

Random Quote

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