AOB's 20th Anniversary Fundraiser:
Giving Tuesday 2022 (and Beyond!)

Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2022


Location: Online, here! 

Help us meet our Giving Tuesday goal November 29th in support of our upcoming 20th Anniversary celebration! You can help create accessible and inclusive spaces where young creatives can thrive by supporting Arts On the Block with your donations. No donation is too small, $10 provides a pair of safety goggles to youth artists for tile cutting – a critical part of the mosaic making process.

  • There are over 275 public art works that have been created by AOB youth across MD and DC.
  • Since 2003, AOB has touched the lives of over 3,000 youth.
  • Check us out in Bethesda Magazine’s 2022 Guide to Giving and support young creatives in the DMV!

More about us:

  • Arts on the Block (AOB) empowers creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures, join the creative workforce, and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. AOB achieves its mission by providing real-world experiences in the arts and entrepreneurial training geared toward opening new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. We recruit, train, and support young adults with art and design aptitudes who might not ordinarily be introduced to creative careers.

  • We start the AOB journey with children as young as 4 in Youth Arts Movement (YAM), an online visual art program for young artists with STEAM elements, conducted simultaneously in both Spanish and English. Visual art and science/tech activities provide an introductory experience in elements of art, while revealing a seamless and engaging connection between science, nature, and art.

  • The Apprentice Program (TAP) and is the longest-running creative workforce development program in the DC metro region. High school students (ages 14 – 18) with a passion for the arts become apprentice artists who earn either a stipend or Student Service Learning hours (SSL) to develop their creativity into transferable career and life skills while collaborating with creative peers in an inclusive studio environment.

  • Apprentices can then get promoted into Studio Crew at age 18 to further earn and work through year-round projects and produce large-scale public art. Along the way, they receive customized professional skills training, connect with a creative network, and pursue individualized plans for success in the creative industries. Fabrication Crew creates our mosaic commissions in a Covid-safe studio space. Digital Crew works virtually through with Adobe Creative Cloud tools on design and illustration projects.


Proceeds from the event support college and career readiness for emerging artists in AOB’s creative workforce development programs to bring up the next generation of creative professionals!

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