Invest in Emerging Creatives Today for Tomorrow’s Communities and Careers

Arts on the Block, a nonprofit arts organization with a 16-year history in the region, is the only hands-on studio art apprenticeship program in the region offering youth and young adults the opportunity to learn about art, design, and business by engaging in real-world public art commissions. We recruit, train, place, and support youth and young adults with art and design aptitudes who might not ordinarily be introduced to entry-level jobs and career paths in the creative industries. 

AOB apprentices join one of our existing studio crews led by master teaching artists and supported by a team of management professionals. AOB crew members work their way up through summer intensives and year-round projects to produce large-scale mosaic public art. Along the way, they receive customized professional skills training, connect with our creative network, and pursue individualized plans for success in creative careers.

Pour Your ART Out Apprenticeship » Our flagship arts apprenticeship program engages high school students in managing real-world art projects for commissioning clients.

Community Partnerships » Resident youth visually transform their neighborhoods while raising community pride and developing leadership skills.

Studio Expansion » AOB is set to become the newest neighbor in the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Whether they pursue careers in the arts or in another field, participants are better prepared for success in their careers as a result of their involvement. Through their experiences with public art, apprentices also develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments — accomplishments that will remain visible in their communities for years to come.

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