Each of our programs fosters a relationship between an artist (or artists) and a small group of young people. Projects are custom-designed based on the artist, his or her interests, the group's interests, and the site.
For each of our community programs we partner with an organization committed to serving children in challenging circumstances: We offer ongoing enrichment opportunities that would otherwise not be available; and they offer the support of counselors, staff, and knowledge that comes from years of experience working with the children we serve.
From time to time we'll pull together a single, defined art event for young people. For National Night Out, for example, we helped kids cover a city street with chalk drawings; another year we videotaped their wishes for their community.
For a list of our community-based partners and programs, click here.
Atlas programs (ART 180's Art center for teens)
All teen programs take place at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens, located at 114 W. Marshall Street, on the corner of Brook Rd. and Marshall St. Any questions should be directed to Michael Zetlan, Program Manager for all Atlas programs, at [email protected] or 804-233-4180. Programs are first come, first serve, so sign up soon before they fill up! Each program includes up to 15 teens. Current program info and permission slips available here.
If you want to get a feel for what a program here is like, come try our free workshops that happen every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4-6pm.
Youth Self Advocacy Through Art
Our new Self Advocacy program works with youth trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline to sharpen their advocacy and leadership skills, share their experiences through creative expression, and mobilize communities for change. The program brings incarcerated youth together with artists and advocates to produce media campaigns and mobile exhibitions designed to spark dialogue and inspire action on the causes, impacts, and alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline. This program is in partnership with Legal Aid Justice Center and was inspired by the Performing Statistics project. It is supported by the Robins Foundation's Community Innovation Grant.
View artwork and learn about the process at www.performingstatistics.org
Learn about the advocacy campaign at www.riseforyouth.org