Programs

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.

Just prior to the COVID shutdown, the AOB team was preparing for our long-awaited move to the new Silver Spring studio. When the #StayHome directives were issued, we committed to continuity of operations and began the shift to stay in touch remotely and establish an online space to do our creative work together. All our programs have successfully transitioned to online programming! We are grateful to family, friends, and our creative network who believe in us and are helping us to S–T–R–E–T–C–H and ADJUST!

Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Youth Arts Movement (YAM) is a 9-week, online, visual art program for young artists (ages 4 - 13) with STEAM elements, conducted in both Spanish and English. The visual art and science/tech activities provide an introductory experience in elements of art, while revealing a seamless and engaging connection between science 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.

Design Your Future (DYF)

Studio Crew members (ages 18 - 24) earn and work through summer intensives and 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. In the pilot year of Design Your Future (DYF), six studio crew members met monthly with Mentors to work on next step career-pathing. The DYF cohort honed their professional skills and portfolios, and launched a social media campaign including illustrated avatars pursuing creative careers. The DYF pilot expanded to include all crew members in 2020.

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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