Through its programs, Arts on the Block offers area youth the opportunity to imagine, create and shape fulfilling futures while contributing to the quality of life in their communities. Collectively, AOB programs bring educational guidance, entrepreneurial training and a real-world experience in the arts that imparts transferable life skills. Individually, participants receive professional mentoring and personal attention that strengthens development and encourages achievement.

We are grateful to family, friends, and our creative network who believe in us and continue to help us to S–T–R–E–T–C–H and ADJUST as we settle into our new Silver Spring studio! The paint is still drying and online programming is in full effect, but we are already seeing small groups of young creatives coming into the studio for Covid-safe in-person art making. And there’s even more to come in 2022, so stay tuned!

Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Youth Arts Movement (YAM) is an online visual art program for young artists (ages 4 - 14) 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)

Formerly called Pour Your Art Out, The Apprentice Program (TAP) 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.

Fabrication & Digital Crew

Studio Crew members (ages 18 - 24) earn and work through year-round projects to 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, hybrid studio space. Digital Crew works virtually through with Adobe Creative Cloud tools on design and illustration projects.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program was launched in 2019 to complement the collaborative emphasis of AOB studio work with individualized one-on-one mentorship that supports emerging artists to envision and achieve their educational and career goals. Mentor pairs form meaningful and mutual relationships where apprentices and studio crew receive specialized assistance with their endeavors and develop a social and professional network beyond AOB.

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