Youth Arts Movement (YAM)

Applications are NOW OPEN for the fall! See below to apply. For questions, please contact Hector Catano, YAM Coordinator at

Youth Arts Movement(YAM) is a free, family-centered, visual art program for young creatives ages five (5) 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. It is very important for members to be attend consistently and participate actively in order to build the safest and most productive environment for all.

The Summer 2021 cohorts will take place 3 days/week for the Pre K-3 and 4-5 grade, and two days a week for 6-8 graders, as follows:

YAM, Ruby, Self-Portrait Collage, mixed media

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