Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

For questions about the program, please contact Hector Catano, YAM Coordinator at

Youth Arts Movement(YAM) is a free, family-centered, visual art program for young creatives ages four (4) through fourteen (14). We encourage parents or an older sibling to accompany the younger YAM’ers during each session. YAM is a relatively new program provided by Arts on the Block whose mission since 2003 has been to empower creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures, join the workforce, and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

In YAM, participants will explore what it means to be a studio artist as they examine the Elements of Art, build their literacy skills, and explore some cool scientific concepts behind visual art terms.

What will YAM participants do?
-Make new friends!
-Learn or strengthen several visual art principles and techniques + explore their science sides.
-Learn more about famous creative people and their art work.
-Connect with the larger Arts on the Block community and other art opportunities.
-That’s just the start: you’ll have the opportunity to do and learn even MORE!

Join Youth Arts Movement!

YAM is developed based on sound visual art education instruction and principles of positive youth development. In order to build a safe and supportive community, Arts on the Block seeks a commitment from participants to attend weekly check-in meetings and events, contribute to projects and discussions and provide feedback to AOB staff on a regular basis. 

The Spring 2022 cohorts will take place 2 days a week as follows:

Pre-K through 1st Grade, Mondays, and Wednesdays: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
2nd-3rd grade, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 – 5:45 pm
4-5th graders: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 – 5:45 pm
6-9th graders: Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45 pm and Saturday (In person at 900 Wayne Ave): 10:00 – 11:15 am

The Spring term begins the week of March 7th, 2022, and goes for 10-11 weeks to May 16, 2022, with no programming during the MCPS Spring Break.

YAM, Ruby, Self-Portrait Collage, mixed media

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