Creative Network partners are instrumental in supporting talented emerging creatives and growing the next generation of the region’s creative workforce. Our partners generously contribute time, talent, and treasure. Click the links below to learn more. We are grateful beyond measure!

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Through relational training with AIM we’ve learned how to relate to our communities through questions, stories, and by doing important work together. 

Our friends, Charley Lewis, Wendy Dinova-Wimmer, and Dave Helmly at Adobe had our back during our transition to online programming


None of our work would be possible without the generous and steadfast support, leadership, and advocacy of AHCMC. 

Year after year talented leaders join AOB to serve as catalysts for change. We are so proud and grateful to host Americorps VISTA positions each year.

Through the Arts Forward Fund we launched AOB 2.0, an organization-wide integration of racial equity practices across our HR & IT systems.

Our friends at the Cafritz Foundation have offered clear-headed advice and stable support since our very early days. Thank you!

CASA de Maryland helped bring AOB’s first dual language program with Art + STEM elements to life. El Movimiento de las Artes Juveniles (YAM) es un programa de artes visuales.

Casaplex wired up our Silver Spring studio with new digital design capacities.

What began as a client relationship for a mosaic commission is now a powerful creative collaboration featuring iconic artwork across the DMV.

Youth development training from Collaboration Council is a core part of our professional development. Teaching teams regularly connect with resources and training opportunities through the Council.

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Ian Delmonte of The Creative Industry leveled up our website with fresh technology and a professional look, reflecting how we’ve grown.

First American Millwork made our amphitheater seating in the new studio, and gave the AOB crew a behind the scenes look at how it’s done. 

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media has welcomed AOB to the neighborhood, lending us much needed creative space throughout our buildout and move. 

Art and Play Therapy specialists from the GW Art Therapy Program work with AOB’s teaching artists and management team to carefully craft learning and teaching methods backed by research. 

We were honored to be featured artists in this year’s Celebration of Community Champions, and are grateful for current and past support from The Children’s Opportunity Fund, Share Fund, and the DIVAs.

Not enough can be said about Hickok Cole’s generosity! They took a nascent idea, led us through the design process, and helped us complete the dream. Beautiful architectural designs, a virtual reality tour, a partnership with true heart, and our new Silver Spring Studio. A very special thanks to Full Circle!

Impact is a great partner in building bridges in the communities we serve. We love every chance to learn and work together!

On a cold winter night when we seemed to be out of luck, the good people at Kay Management were quick to act and gave us a temporary studio space to call home.


The artisans at Kensington Glass Arts are an integral part of our Silver Spring studio buildout, contributing custom glass work for our beautiful interior.

Landex gave our crew a great artistic challenge and a spot in a beautiful collection of international contemporary works at Artisan 4100.

Large scale development projects make wonderful canvasses for our young, talented artists and the public artworks commissioned for Black Hill by Lerner are no exception.

When COVID hit, we rallied and the great State of Maryland was there to help AOB stay afloat during an unprecedented time of crisis.

The stable support of the Maryland State Arts Council has helped AOB achieve our mission every step of the way since 2003.

Our counterparts at Mentor MD | DC coached us through the development of a well-structured mentorship program and gave us new perspective on telling youth stories with justice.

We are so grateful that MICA is always willing to share the 411 on getting in and paying for art school.

Year after year, Americorp VISTAs join the AOB team to build capacity in our youth development programs. Colleagues at MOST Network, we appreciate you! 

Montgomery Community College is not only one of the best community colleges in the nation, but has also been a great resource for the youth and young adults in AOB’s college and career program.

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By designating AOB for the Silver Spring studio space, providing a significant rent subsidy, and through various funding opportunities, Montgomery County leadership always shows up to help us succeed.

Millions of daily riders see artwork produced by AOB creatives through our partnership with Montgomery County Department of Transportation. From knee walls to bus stop medallions, young artists have beautified MCDOT public transportation facilities around MOCO.

When AOB needed a temporary space in a cool location, our pals at Peterson put us up! Our Fenton street studio generated some great buzz, activated an otherwise empty retail space, and we all made lots of new friends.

When Margie Hofberg at RMC asked for a special series of artworks for her clients, each was handmade with care by AOB artists. And each of her clients has one of a kind welcome home gift.

The SBA PPP provided the core emergency support we needed to keep our doors open in the early days of the pandemic. 

Special thanks to Truist who helped us quickly access the Paycheck Protection Program funds in partnership with the SBA.

Friends at TIG helped us launch the first iteration of our digital lab using the Adobe software suite. Not only are they a great partner, but they are an excellent resource for youth artists who want to “take it global”.

Our friends at Temple Emanuel gave us a great creative challenge to honor their retiring Rabbi with an artwork that illustrates global loving kindness.

In addition to being amazing general contractors, Dan Coffey and Kareen Kaveh at Therrien Waddell led a behind the scenes tour so AOB crew members could see the new studio under construction.

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Our research partners at University of Maryland, College Park helped us with social and emotional learning methods and evaluation in our YAM program.

Josh Sloan at VIKA Maryland, is a thought partner who provides industry insights on landscape architecture, urban planning, and smart growth, specializations that are interesting to young designers.


With longtime friends in Wheaton, we completed a three-year project to redesign the iconic clock tower near the new civic plaza.